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Ready! Set! Go Back! Returning to the Office

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As many parts of the country continue to reopen, employers are looking at plans to bring staff back to work. But business operations won’t look like they did pre-pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has laid out some specific guidelines for safely reopening office spaces.  While reopening your business might provide the financial relief you need and be welcome by customers and employees, it’s vital that you have a safely prepared office space before moving forward. If you’re struggling…

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CSI How do We Recover From This

How Do We Recover From This?

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Few businesses were prepared for anything like what the coronavirus pandemic has wrought on the global economy. In just a few short months, COVID-19 has caused countries to shut borders and businesses to close doors, either temporarily or permanently.  When a crisis strikes, it can be tough as a business owner to figure out the next steps, particularly when it is something unprecedented like a pandemic. But, business leaders and entrepreneurs can take some proactive steps to remain strong and…

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CSI Keep Your Distance At Work

Keep Your Distance at Work – the Future of Social Distancing in the Office

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Cramped and open office spaces were considered the norm just a few short months ago. But, a deadly global pandemic can shift trends rather quickly. If you can currently reach out and touch someone from your workstation, then your office isn’t allowing for social distancing.  Not all employees can work remotely, so those who need to be in an office environment need to follow certain guidelines. The Centers for Disease Control recommends that workers maintain a 6-foot separation to protect workers both…

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CSI - How to Use Office Space Efficiently

How to Use Your Office Space More Efficiently

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The nature of how work is accomplished has changed drastically over recent years. More workers either get things done from home or find that they are increasingly productive in different work settings than those provided. If companies aren’t collecting and analyzing data about how their workforce is using office space, there’s a good chance that efficiency and money are being sacrificed.  Why You Should Understand How Your Office Space is Used We live in an age where there is an…

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Flood Protection for Commercial Real Estate

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Like any other property, commercial buildings are at risk of damage from catastrophic weather events that can produce flooding. Depending on your location and the season, losses caused by hurricanes and tornadoes are possibilities. But seasonal storms with their heavy winds, rain, and lightning strikes can also bring flooding concerns.  Few areas in the United States don’t have a risk of floods, but South Carolina’s risk is greater than some. National Geographic reports that floods are responsible for about 140…

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The Challenge of Designing Office Space for Five Generations of Workers

The Challenge of Designing Office Space for Five Generations of Workers

By Office Design, Uncategorized

“Space: the final frontier.” You may remember these words used at the end of the Star Trek film series. While that expression served well to summarize the great adventures of the starship Enterprise and its intrepid crew, it may also have some application to business today. Space, office space that is, now offers new challenges for business leaders. While it is not the “final frontier,” office space faces a new frontier due to changing worker demographics. Today, workers are living…

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U.S. Central Business Districts with the Most Expensive Office Buildings

U.S. Central Business Districts with the Most Expensive Office Buildings

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If you are planning to construct a new office building, many factors come into play. Those factors include the characteristics of the location, and of course, construction and operating costs. Depending on your objectives, the possibility of central business districts may be on your list of considerations. What are Central Business Districts? Central business districts function as the commercial and business centers of cities. They are usually thought of as a city’s “financial district,” often termed the “city center” and…

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How the Use of Colors Transformed Charleston’s Iconic Landmark Rainbow Row

Use of Colors Transformed Charleston’s Iconic Landmark Rainbow Row

By Charleston SC, Uncategorized

Rainbow Row continues to grow and expand beyond the original row, traditionally defined as buildings on the west side of East Bay Street between Trad and Elliott streets.  There are more colorful structures to the north and south these days, and they are beginning to transform buildings on Tradd Street to the west. “Color is contagious,” said Kirstopher King, executive director of the Preservation Society of Charleston to the Post & Courier.  Rainbow Row is a relatively recent phenomenon, dating…

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Vacancy Rates Go Up with New Construction of Office Buildings

Vacancy Rates Go Up with New Construction of Office Buildings

By Charleston SC, commercial construction, Commercial Space, Construction, Economic Growth, Uncategorized

As demand for new construction continues to grow in the Charleston market, vacancy rates continue to rise according to Colliers International Research & Forecast Q4 2018 Report.  The expectation is that the vacancy rate will continue this trend into the first few quarters of 2019.  This vacancy rate is on the rise primarily due to 11 new office buildings delivered in 2018 that totaled 433,024 square feet of new construction. The Charleston office market has a total of 13,185,388 square…

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$325 Million Mount Pleasant Development Rises on Charleston Harbor

$325 Million Mount Pleasant Development Rises on Charleston Harbor

By Charleston SC, commercial construction, commercial development, Construction, Economic Growth, Mount Pleasant, Tourism, Uncategorized

The East Cooper side of Charleston Harbor will soon see the development of an 18-acre parcel that will furnish 1 million square feet of office space, retail, hospitality, and residential space.  The Ferry Wharf development, with views across the harbor of downtown Charleston, is being developed by Bennet Hospitality of Charleston and Atlanta-based Holder Properties.  The development is already under construction with a five-story 120,000 square foot office building called Portside.  The office building is already 45 percent preleased to…

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