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Planning Your Company’s Future Move

February 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Knowing how many people you employ now helps you estimate how much space you need today to operate your business comfortably, but building in your anticipated growth helps you expand your business without costly interruptions. As a company grows in size, relocation becomes a very large and complex undertaking, requiring input and coordination of construction, IT, finance, furniture vendors, engineering, and other teams and personnel. By waiting too long to start the process, a company could be limiting its options, rental rates could be higher, and the number of spaces available might be limited.

So if you currently employ 10 people therefore you can estimate you need approximately 2,500 square feet of office space today. (250 SF per person X 10 people= 2,500 SF). But, you expect to add 2 new employees each year and you want to sign a three-year lease. Do you need an additional 1,500 square feet today to accommodate your growth plans? Not necessarily. You need to determine what type of employees you will be adding. If they are senior executives that need private offices then, you will need to add closer to 1,800 square feet, (300 SF X 6 executives= 1,800 SF). But, if they are clerical support staff that will operate in a “bull pen” or open space plan then the need may be as low as 900 square feet, (150 SF x 6 employees = 900 SF) Spending time now estimating your employee growth plans could save you a significant amount of money in the future. Moving your offices mid-lease because you do not have enough space to add necessary staff can be much more expensive than building in your expected growth needs before you sign the lease.

The below table is a general guideline for how much time you should spend looking for new space for your company.

Space Size in SF Time Table
1,000 – 5,000 3-6 Months
5,001 – 10,000 4-9 Months
10,001 – 20,000 6-10 Months
20,001 – 50,000 8-15 Months
50,001 – 100,000 15-24 Months
100,001 + 24+ Months

The Sundance Company knows that finding the right leasing space for your business can be a complicated process, and that is why we are here to help your company find the ideal commercial real estate space in the Boise Valley. Call us at 208-322-7300 or check out The Sundance Company website to view property photos, search for office space or learn more about Sundance’s start-to-finish capabilities. The Sundance Company has more than 1.5 million square feet of office and industrial space available in prime Boise Valley locations.

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 is available at www.sundanceco.com or 208.322.7300.

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Creating a Healthy Office Environment for your Business

February 18, 2011 Leave a comment

There is no doubt want to make sure you and your employees enjoy a healthy, productive office environment. But what can you do to help your Boise Valley office space into one that inspires productivity and efficiency?

Your space should be one that motivates, but you also must provide an area for your employees to de-stress and decompress. Beautiful artwork, a large window or simply a quiet spot where employees can give their eyes and their minds a rest from the rigors of blaring computer screens and the phone ringing is a must for a healthy office environment.

Also, be aware of the lighting in your Boise Valley office space. Sure, you need plenty of task lighting to get the job done, but you also need to provide natural light in your space wherever you can. From writing at their desks to scanning the bookshelves, you need to ensure that task lighting is adequate to help prevent eye strain. However, all task lighting and no natural lighting can have a negative effect on the mood of your employees especially during the winter months so try to give them as much natural light as possible to calm and invigorate them and yourself.

Never underestimate the power of fresh air and plants. Stale office air does nothing for the health of your employees so add plants whenever possible. Plants not only provide fresh air to your office, but they are also pleasing to the eye. If you can find office space with accessible outdoor space, your employees will thank you for it.

Don’t overlook ergonomics when choosing or designing your office space. The health of your employees especially those who sit behind their desk for the better part of the day relies on their comfort. Do what you need to do in terms of ergonomically friendly desks, chairs, and computer accessories to ensure that their minds and bodies are comfortable and properly positioned throughout the day.

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 is available at www.sundanceco.com or 208.322.7300.

Boise Commercial Real Estate for Lease – South Cole Business Park

February 11, 2011 Leave a comment

The South Cole Business Park is a four-building complex that is conveniently located just minutes from the Interstate-84 Cole & Overland interchange. The manufacturing/warehouse facility features generous office space, open work spaces, and two lunchrooms. The building has space available for lease so please contact The Sundance Company immediately to see if the building is right for your company’s needs.

The Sundance Company knows that finding the right leasing space for your business can be a complicated process, and that is why we are here to help your company find the ideal commercial real estate space in the Boise Valley. If the South Cole Business Park does fit your needs, then please check out The Sundance Company website to view property photos, search for space, or learn more about Sundance’s start-to-finish capabilities. The Sundance Company has more than 1.5 million square feet of office and industrial space available in prime Boise Valley locations.

South Cole Business Park
2769-2699 South Cole Road
Boise, Idaho 83709

Site Area: 2.4 acres
Zoning: M-1
Stories: One
Project Size: 44,359 square feet
Construction: Steel frame with concrete tilt-up exterior walls and exposed aggregate finish
Year Built: 1984
Roof: Flat, single ply roofing membrane over plywood sheathing
Ceiling Clear Height: 18’ minimum, 20’ maximum warehouse; 8’ in offices.
Floor Construction: 6” concrete slab
Windows: Double-pane, thermo-glazing in offices
Warehouse Doors: Dock-high and 12’x14’ overhead loading doors
Insulation: 9” batt insulation in roof; 3½” batt insulation to exterior walls
Offices: Commercial carpet & vinyl; acoustical ceiling, fluorescent lights, standard partitioning and finished restrooms
Warehouse Lights: Suspended tube fluorescent and suspended bulb
Heating/Cooling: Warehouse has suspended space heat. Office has package electric forcedair and central air conditioning.
Parking: 85 spaces, paved and marked; one space per 518.4 sq. ft.
Site Improvements: Landscaping on South Cole and Mossy Cup Streets.
Special: Full building fire sprinkler system; combination of dock-high loading and 10’x12’ drive-in doors.

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 is available at www.sundanceco.com or 208.322.7300.

Calculating How Much Space Your Business Needs

February 4, 2011 Leave a comment

When your business is considering a move, or just starting out, you need to plan carefully when you calculate how much space you will need. Either too much or too little can have a dramatic impact on your bottom line, but there are some techniques you can use to determine exactly how much space you need. First, you need to assess your current situation, and then decide what are your expectations for the growth of your business over the next few years by considering the following questions:

  • How many people do I currently employ?
  • Does each employee need an individual desk or is sharing possible?
  • Do I expect to add any staff in the next couple of years?
  • Over what period of time will I add the staff?
  • What kind of staff will I be adding, executive, administrative, or sales?

In general, the amount of office space you need is estimated according to head count and your industry type. The customary range for office space is 150-350 square feet (SF) per person employed. It is the type of space you need to accommodate your business that plays a large part in narrowing that range.

At the lower end of the range is the open space plan, which has no private offices. Call centers and sales offices generally use this configuration and have desks or workstations grouped together. At the high end of the range is the traditional hard-wall or private office layout. Law offices, for example, almost all have private offices, large conference rooms, and support rooms such as libraries, kitchens and file rooms. But, for your foray into the office hunt, the general approach of using 250 square feet per person to estimate the amount of space you will occupy is a great place to begin.

The Sundance Company is here to help your company find the ideal commercial real estate space in the Boise Valley. Call us at 208-322-7300 or check out The Sundance Company website to view property photos, search for office space or learn more about Sundance’s start-to-finish capabilities. The Sundance Company has more than 1.5 million square feet of office and industrial space available in prime Boise Valley locations.

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 is available at www.sundanceco.com or 208.322.7300.