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Is It Time To Remodel Your Office Space?

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Are you running out of space in your office or starting to feel cramped due to the increasing number of staff members you’ve hired? You may very well need to remodel your office space. As a business grows and expands, the amount of work performed in the office also increases. When employees become restless because they feel their environment limits productivity, you should recognize this situation and immediately take action. Here are signs that it’s time for an upgrade: Your Office…

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The Top Business Trends for 2022

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Evolving technology and innovations make the business world a dynamic place. No one business trend remains constant for too long. To keep up with the fast-paced business world, small businesses need to be able to adapt to major trends. Here are the top business trends to look for in 2022: Remote Work Will Continue The world saw a huge increase in remote working in 2020 that has continued throughout 2021, and it is expected to continue growing in the years…

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Former West Ashley School Renovated into Office Space

By Commercial Space, Uncategorized

The former Albemarle School in West Ashley has been converted to 20 office spaces and is already fully leased.  Charleston attorney John Hagerty bought the 25,000 square foot property in 2015 for $1.4 million. He immediately started a renovation for an additional $1.6 million.  Developers named the newly refurbished office space The Schoolhouse. The Parks Conservancy has leased 4,000 square feet of office space, on the backside of the building, which is adjacent to the Parks Conservancy’s 3 1/2acre Magnolia…

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Designing Workspace in a Technology Overloaded World

By Commercial Space, Office Design

Most workers spend their days staring at a laptop screen, taking only quick, infrequent breaks. But Careful planning can improve the aesthetics of the workspace, and improve the employee’s ability to engage with coworkers when it is time to break from the virtual world. Design spaces to help people connect When designing or renovating a new office, identifying how the space will be used by employees is essential. A well-designed workplace creates spaces for group collaboration and individual work, in…

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International E-Commerce Transforming Industrial Real Estate

By commercial real estate, Industrial Property

Consumers these days are promised anything and expect everything when it comes to the seamless delivery of a product to their home. The supply chain from retailer to consumer follows an international web of retailers and logistics companies, with the goal of speeding up delivery of goods to the consumer.  The demand for urban warehouses and international distribution centers has transformed the industrial real estate market. The Effect of E-Commerce E-commerce has led to a borderless, international marketplace with growing…

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State Legislature Considers Tax Breaks for Businesses Investing in I-95 Low Income Corridor

By Charleston SC, commercial development, SC

Orangeburg lawmakers introduce legislation to try to give tax breaks to businesses that use the Port of Charleston, and develop facilities within rural areas close to interstates 26 and 95 interchange. The “Port Enhancement Zone Act,” was sponsored by Senator John Matthews (D-Bowman).  The legislation would allow distribution centers and warehouses built in low-income rural areas to claim a $1,000 tax credit for each job created as a result of this development. The tax credit would be good for up…

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U.S. Construction Spending Reaches Highest Level in 10 Years

By Construction

U.S. construction spending rose to its highest level in 10 years, raising economic growth for the final quarter of 2016, according to the Commerce Department (census.gov/construction). Construction spending rose by 0.9 percent to $1.8 trillion, boosted by gains in both the public and private sector investments.  Overall construction spending was up by 4.1 percent from the previous year.  Construction spending in October 2016 was also strong with an increase of 0.6 percent, which prompted economists to raise their gross domestic…

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USC Economists Predict Steady Economic Growth for Charleston in 2017

By Charleston SC, Construction, Economic Growth

Construction projects in Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head Island continue to spur South Carolina’s economic growth. The boost in construction has led to an increase in jobs and demand for housing. This will continue into 2017, according to economists who spoke at the 36th Annual Outlook Conference held at the University of South Carolina (USC). Economic Growth in South Carolina Doug Woodward, professor of economics and director of the division of research at USC’s Darla Moore School of Business,…

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Firm Selected for West Ashley Master Plan Rejected by City Council

By Charleston SC, commercial development, Uncategorized

Charleston City Council voted down the contract with the firm selected to develop the West Ashley Master Plan in late December. Dover Kohl was the planning firm selected by the West Ashley Revitalization Commission. The firm was presented to the City Council as the top pick of a dozen bidders for the project. The selection committee includes three council members and five city employers.  Dover Kohl is known locally for its involvement in the development of the I’On Development in…

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Construction Boom Overwhelms Planning Agencies

By commercial construction, Construction

The Charleston area is experiencing a construction boom across the tri-county area, with construction cranes and bulldozers being seen all over the Lowcountry.  New commercial, industrial, and residential buildings are being built in downtown Charleston, across the river in Mount Pleasant, and up the Interstate 26 corridor from North Charleston past the Summerville area.  The growth in building construction has led to a huge increase in workload for city planners. Municipal planning offices across the Lowcountry are reporting historically high…

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