Ready! Set! Go Back! Returning to the Office

By Uncategorized

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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Accessible Office Spaces Can Be Beautiful

By ADA Compliance

Have you considered whether your office is truly accessible? It’s been nearly three decades since the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) created guidelines to protect the rights of people with disabilities.  Only about 6% of disabled people use a wheelchair, but wheelchair accessibility is most people’s first thought when it comes to compliance. What about the other 94%, including those with invisible disabilities?  While having features like curb ramps, wheelchair lifts, and handrails are vital to ADA compliance, what other features can…

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

By Uncategorized

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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How to Use Your Office Space More Efficiently

By Office Design, Space Planning, Uncategorized

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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What is Co-Work Space and Why Do People Like It?

By Charleston Office Market

Not all commercial real estate projects are targeted towards rentals, retail, or traditional office space. Another alternative that has risen to the surface is a less traditional office space layout designed for co-working space.  Many workers and companies alike now shun the idea of a traditional office environment. But, sitting at home may not be the ideal solution either. If you are considering co-working space for your next project, here is what you need to know about them and some…

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A Different Kind of Spring in Charleston

A Different Kind of Spring in Charleston

By Charleston, Charleston SC, Mount Pleasant, SC, Tourism

At a time when Charleston is normally gearing up for an influx of visitors from all over the world coming to our lovely city, we find ourselves fighting and working through one of the worst events since the Fire of 1861.  Instead of volleying for business, we are working together to serve those in the city who need and provide help. In the past through fire, hurricanes, and other disasters, communities worked together to help each other.  The difference —…

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The CARES Act Opens Floodgates to Free Money for Businesses

The CARES Act Opens Floodgates to Free Money for Businesses

By Charleston SC, Mount Pleasant, SC

The CARES Act has opened the floodgates to free money for businesses.  Below are the basic details of loans available to businesses.  They are incredible unless regulations apply limits: This new law lets any business borrow 2.5 months of payroll, benefits, interest on loans and lease payments. The loan is made through a bank that is an SBA approved lender and is guaranteed by the SBA. Loan Is nonrecourse to the borrower. The loan is forgiven if you don’t cut…

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Energy Efficiency in Commercial Construction

By commercial development

Most businesses today want to save money in any way possible, as well as be socially responsible. They achieve both goals by choosing a building that is energy efficient. While some efficiencies can be achieved with modifications, the most effective ones will come from the design and construction phases.  Interestingly, some areas of the country are more successful at this approach than others. So, how can you get the most energy-efficient performance out of your next commercial construction project? Commercial…

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Preparing Your Business for the Effects of the Coronavirus

Preparing Your Business for the Effects of the Coronavirus – Emergency Business Planning

By Charleston, Charleston SC, SC

Preparing Your Business for the Effects of the Coronavirus – Emergency Business Planning With the rapid onslaught of the Coronavirus already disrupting business operations in the U.S., there are three ways you can face the future: panic, do nothing, or plan. As we work with business owners through these tough times, we know the best way to do this is to plan, making the situation under your control as much as possible. By now you have probably read all the…

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Remodeling – What You Need to Know

By commercial development

Whether you are a property manager that wants to modernize your space or a tenant that needs to complete a build-out to add the customized features you need for your business, commercial remodeling projects can be complex. Many owners and tenants aren’t sure what to expect when approaching one of these projects, so having the right information on hand in advance can make planning and dealing with the process more seamless.  The Difference Between Remodeling and Renovation If you’re looking…

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Flood Protection for Commercial Real Estate

By commercial real estate

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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Flood Protection for Commercial Real Estate

By Uncategorized

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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Improve Your Bottom Line with Safe Budget Cuts

By commercial development

Businesses operating in the for-profit sector rely on profits for growth and survival. Profitability, or optimizing the bottom line, is essential to expanding operations, securing financing, attracting investors, retaining a quality workforce, buying inventory and remaining competitive. Indeed, for all organizations large and small, controlling expenses, including office expenses, is both prudent and necessary. As Sam Walton said, “Control your expenses better than your competition. This is where you can always find the competitive advantage.” Ideas to Improve Your Bottom…

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How Good is the Job Market in Charleston, SC?

By Charleston SC

Who doesn’t like a good deal? No one, right? A good deal means a good value, a favorable opportunity, a positive situation, a pleasing outcome. You’ve got all of those in Charleston, SC. A wonderfully livable city and plenty of good jobs in Charleston make this a very desirable area in 2020. Charleston is a Good Deal For the past five years, SmartAsset, a financial technology company, has published a study about “undervalued cities,” meaning that real estate property values…

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