Have you started examining the properties for your new office? Congratulations! After you have examined the financial and economic aspects of the transaction you should prepare yourself and get organized with the help of a professional interior designer and thoroughly check the suitability of the property for the company’s needs.
What should you focus on when choosing the appropriate office for you?
Please note that this is not a technical specification of public tenders which is very detailed and is not required at the negotiations but general details of the work and the items you want to include in the construction of the office, such as: glass partitions, acoustical ceilings higher than the standard contractor level, etc.
7. Restroom location: In new buildings the restrooms are usually located in the public spaces of the building thus saving maintenance costs and the headaches of handling different plumbing and sanitation problems that crop up from time to time. However, when the office floor is divided between several companies, there are companies for whom it is important to have their restrooms in their offices to maintain their privacy and even to have a small shower in case they work long hours. You should consider the issue and your preferences and determine what options are offered by the building on this issue.
8. Radiation Testing: A subject of which there has been increased awareness in recent years is electromagnetic and cellular radiation within structures. If you are considering renting a property that appeals to you, you should order a radiation test, which is relatively inexpensive and obtain a characterization of the radiation levels in different parts of the office. In areas where there is a lot of radiation the offices should be planned in consultation with the interior designer and electrical engineer of the project so that work spaces can be placed as far away from them as possible, at least 3 meters. Another solution is to create protection against radiation. There are companies that specialize in the subject. It is highly recommended to have the test done by a different company than the one creating the protection
9. Factors affecting the flexibility of the design: When you examine a potential asset remember that the simpler the shape of the space, such as a rectangle, a square or a square with a patio, the more flexibility and options for planning it will allow. If you have columns in your office space it is preferable to locate them as close as possible to the building envelope or spaced so as to allow the construction of rooms around them comfortably and so they do not interfere practically with the distribution of functions in offices. On this issue you should consult with an interior designer before closing the deal.
In my 23 years of work as a planner I have yet to encounter the ideal office which will fulfill all the requirements mentioned above. What is one to do? Even buildings, like us, are not perfect. The best way to decide on your preferred property with the abundance of data you have is to use a comparison chart and to determine the grade that you give each parameter. Weighing the data will help you make an informed initial decision and then it will be easier to move on and choose according to personal preferences and gut feelings.
So good luck!
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