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Tips to Improve Office Space Efficiency

May 30, 2010 1 comment

More than two and a half hours a day are lost through technological and individual inefficiencies, adding up to around 80 days a year per employee. These are the dramatic findings of research from BACS Payment Schemes, which interviewed over a thousand employees of small firms and found that PC problems, printer predicaments, and colleague conflict are taking up massive proportions of the average working day in the current office space environment.

Technology tops the list of time-wasting as slow and crashing computers combine with infuriating printer jams can cost employees up to 48 minutes every day. Dealings with colleagues also feature heavily, wasting 34 minutes a day while needless phone calls (26 minutes), meetings (23 minutes), and emails (16 minutes) complete the top five.

BACS offers some tips to make the office space more efficient.

  • Ask employees to communicate with you about problems with other staff; for example, detailing extra work they take on due to a colleague’s absence or inefficiency.
  • Collect data on absence and use it to find out who covers the extra workload and ensure they feel supported and appreciated for doing this.
  • An hour’s training on a software package or in basic computer trouble-shooting can save much more time later.
  • Although it may appear contrary, encouraging staff to take regular, five-minute breaks can increase productivity as staring at a computer screen for hours on end can be detrimental. Business owners would do well to follow this advice themselves too.

About The Sundance Company
Established in 1976, The Sundance Company has the experience to help you with your commercial real estate needs in Boise, Meridian, Nampa, and the greater Treasure Valley. If your requirements include property management, leasing, real estate development, project planning, construction or space planning then look to us. The Sundance Company has more than 1.5 million square feet of office and industrial space available in prime Boise and Meridian locations. More information available at www.sundanceco.com or 208.322.7300.

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Boise Commercial Real Estate for Lease – Lynx Center

Built in 1998, the Lynx Center is a 46,650 square foot, two-story, concrete tilt-up commercial real estate building with C-3 zoning available from The Sundance Company located in Blackeagle Center, which is a 45-acre, master-planned business park developed by The Sundance Company. Blackeagle is located 1/3 mile from Interstate 84, minutes from the airport and downtown and within 2 miles of over 3 million square feet of retail amenities for employee convenience. Ground-floor tenants in Lynx Center have separate entrances with exterior signage in designated locations on the building.

Lynx Center
9300 W. Overland Road
Boise, ID 83709

Site Area: 3.36 acres

Zoning: C-3D

Year Built: 1998

Project Size: 46,176 square feet

Number of Floors: Two

Parking: 5.7/1,000

Construction: Tilt-up, pre-cast concrete panels with 6” steel columns on a 35’x42’ and 35’x28’ grid

Exterior: Reinforced concrete tilt-up panels

Roof: Single-ply EPDM membrane roofing system

Floor Construction: Ground floor – 4” reinforced concrete slab; Second floor –3 ½ ”–5”of concrete over corrugated steel pan

HVAC: 5-ton gas-fired rooftop units – 100,000 BTU, 2,000 CFM

Ceiling: Lay-in acoustic ceiling panels in 2’x4’ T-bar ceiling grid with indirect and recessed lighting

Ceiling Height: 10 feet finished height

Elevator: Dover, 2,000 lb.; Capacity, 100 feet/minute

Restrooms: First floor: In tenant’s suites. Second floor: Common restrooms in central core area

Life Safety: Wet pipe fire protection system with alarm valves with Fire Department

Miscellaneous: Extensive perimeter and site landscaping; distinctive wildlife sculptures at property entrances; consistent architecture throughout park.

About The Sundance Company
Established in 1976, The Sundance Company has the experience to help you with your commercial real estate needs in Boise, Meridian, Nampa, and the greater Treasure Valley. If your requirements include property management, leasing, real estate development, project planning, construction or space planning then look to us. The Sundance Company has more than 1.5 million square feet of office and industrial space available in prime Boise and Meridian locations. More information available at www.sundanceco.com or 208.322.7300.

The Sundance Company hires Philip B. O’Bryan, II as Chief Financial Officer

Philip B. O’Bryan, II has joined The Sundance Company in Boise, Idaho as its Chief Financial Officer.

Mr. O’Bryan comes to The Sundance Company with more than 20 years of accounting experience, including 12 years of experience in the real estate industry with Simon Property Group and General Growth Properties. In addition to using his extensive accounting experience to lead the accounting department, his Master of Business Administration coupled with his management experience will further strengthen the Sundance’s executive team. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Illinois Wesleyan University and his Master of Business Administration from Colorado State University.

Based in Boise, Idaho, The Sundance Company has become a development powerhouse with more than 30 years of successful history in the Boise Valley. The Sundance Company is one of the few local commercial real estate companies that manages and maintains its own properties, thereby enjoying higher occupancy levels and superior quality control of its commercial real estate projects. More information is available at www.sundanceco.com.

Boise Commercial Real Estate for Lease – Mallard Place

Located in the beautifully landscaped Blackeagle Center, a 45-acre business park in Boise developed by The Sundance Company, Mallard Place is a 44,703 square foot, U-shaped, single-story concrete tilt-up buildings that is zoned C-3 and feature individual tenant entrances and generous signage areas that was built in 1998. Openings are provided in the rear of the building to accommodate service doors for tenants requiring storage areas in their office space.

Mallard Place
9100 W. Overland Place
Boise, ID 83709

Site Area: 3.98 acres

Zoning: C-3D

Year Built: 1998

Project Size: 44,703 square feet

Number of Floors: One

Parking: 5.3/1,000

Construction: Reinforced concrete tilt-up with 6-inch square steel columns on 29’/30’ grid

Roof: Single ply EPDM roofing system on 3/8” gyp board over 3/4” plywood sheathing over Trus-Joist framing system

Floor Construction: 4” reinforced concrete slab

HVAC: 5-ton gas-fired rooftop units. 100,000 BTU; 2,000 CFM

Ceiling: Lay-in acoustic ceiling panels in 2’x4’ T-bar ceiling grid with indirect and recessed lighting

Ceiling Height: 16 feet clear in warehouse areas; 10 feet in office areas

Restrooms: Common restrooms in core areas

Life Safety: Wet pipe fire protection system with alarm valves with Fire Department Connection

Miscellaneous: Extensive perimeter and site landscaping; distinctive wildlife sculptures at property entrances; consistent architecture throughout park.

About The Sundance Company
Established in 1976, The Sundance Company has the experience to help you with your commercial real estate needs in Boise, Meridian, Nampa, and the greater Treasure Valley. If your requirements include property management, leasing, real estate development, project planning, construction or space planning then look to us. The Sundance Company has more than 1.5 million square feet of office and industrial space available in prime Boise and Meridian locations. More information available at www.sundanceco.com or 208.322.7300.

Property Management Services in the Treasure Valley

As a property owner, you must think about maximizing the value of your asset. With more than 30 years of property management experience in the Treasure Valley including Boise, Meridian, and Nampa, The Sundance Company can offer you a high-quality alternative approach to traditional Property Management services. For instance, The Sundance Company and its Asset Administrative team will:

  • Forecast the needs of the property
  • Help to reduce your interest costs and loan fees
  • Assist in reducing renewal costs
  • Provide opportunities for reduced insurance premiums
  • Offer significant operating expense savings
  • Understand owners’ objectives and tailor our Asset Management Plan to your performance expectations and building needs
  • Advise on financing, long-term planning, market analysis and capital forecasting
  • Allow you to focus on your core business objectives while we help reduce operating, legal and accounting costs
  • Perform high-quality services such as:
    o Full financial and reporting services
    o Security/fire/safety programs
    o Supervision and training of personnel
    o Contract administration
    o Standard operating procedures manuals
    o Building operations and maintenance
    o Customer and tenant services
    o Lease administration and management
    o Ongoing building and safety inspection programs
    o Annual customer and tenant surveys

About The Sundance Company
Established in 1976, The Sundance Company has the experience to help you with your commercial real estate needs in Boise, Meridian, Nampa, and the greater Treasure Valley. If your requirements include property management, leasing, real estate development, project planning, construction or space planning then look to us. The Sundance Company has more than 1.5 million square feet of office and industrial space available in prime Boise and Meridian locations. More information available at www.sundanceco.com or 208.322.7300.

3 Steps to Finding the Right Location for Your Business in Boise

There are several variables to consider when searching for the right leasing space in the Boise metropolitan area and The Sundance Company offers a general summary of the process. Please remember this is a general summary of the leasing process and the steps involved for your company can vary depending on a number of factors.

Identify Needs: Location, location, location. You have probably heard that phrase numerous times in the business world and the word location might be the most-used word in real estate. Why?  Location affects your visibility, the quality of your space and ultimately the long-term value of your business. Before you finalize your location in the greater Boise metropolitan area you need to answer a few questions: Where are our customers? Our market region? Our employees? Where is the competition located?

Cost: Your monthly rent will be determined by a few variables including location (Boise, Meridian, or Nampa), lease rate per square foot, free rent or other concessions provided by the owner, utilities and other costs if the lease is Triple Net, additional tenant improvements that are amortized into the rent, and annual rental increases as provided for in your lease.

Type of Space: The type of space you need is going to be determined by the type of product or service you provide. Is it industrial? Retail? Office? The Sundance Company has commercial real estate leasing options including industrial, retail, and office throughout the Treasure Valley so we can certainly find the right type of space for your company.

If you have questions or comments about The Sundance Company please call 1.208.322.7300 or visit our website at www.sundanceco.com. To view some of our commercial real estate leasing options, please visit our Properties page.