Why Start-up Culture is an Interesting Study

“Intrinsically motivated people are restless. They strive in environments where innovation and creativity are continuously fostered and cultivated. Only if we continuously improve ourselves both on a professional and personal level will we come across creative ways of solving new and challenging problems, and keep innovating. People also need to have the interpersonal and communication...

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Open Space Concept Beyond the Tech Companies

Wow!  Now law offices are slowly catching on. Part of the shift is to save real estate which is very expensive.  At BK&K, they want to change space allocation per attorney down to 500 square feet from 700.  At KPMG, they find that most private offices are underutilized while the collaboration rooms have high usage.

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Understanding Office Buildouts

Sure you found your “ideal” space & you’re still negotiating a “favorable” lease.  But if Tenant Improvements (TIs) are involved, here are some suggestions on managing: 1. Bear in mind what the TI allowance from the landlord is going to be. 2. The space should be current with building codes. 3. If the space meets

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Water Waste

Everyone knows that water supplies are now a critical resource.  And it’s clear we have to think of ways to permanently think of ways of saving water. “Building codes should be updated to require a new generation of buildings that use less water, in everything from toilets to air-conditioning systems. Zoning rules should be altered

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YouTube’s New Home

Great daylighting, lots of open/common spaces & a living roof that “absorbs rainwater, provides insulation, protects the roof membrane and dampens noise from the nearby airport” (SFO).  PG&E has given the building the recognition as the second most energy efficient office building in California.  The new YouTube office in San Bruno used to be the

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Music at Work

“In one study involving information technology specialists, she found that those who listened to music completed their tasks more quickly and came up with better ideas than those who didn’t, because the music improved their mood. “When you’re stressed, you might make a decision more hastily; you have a very narrow focus of attention,” she

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Philips’ ErgoSensor Computer Monitor

“Released in Europe last March, Philips’s ErgoSensor is equipped with a camera to track the location of your pupils to determine whether you’re in the optimal ergonomic position, (for instance, if your head is an appropriate distance from the screen), and offers suggestions of what to do to properly align your head and neck.” Computer

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Fire Alarm in Challenging Spaces

Challenging Spaces: 1. Large volume spaces – warehouses, industrial facilities & power generation facilities 2. Architecturally sensitive spaces – historic structures 3. Highly sensitive electronic equipment spaces – data centers Recommendations: 1. Beam detection systems – are reportedly “less prone to false alarms caused by obstructions, sunlight, building...

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Free Water Audits by SFPUC

Did you know that SF Public Utilities Commission offers free water audits for commercial buildings?  Contact them to find out how you can save water, get more possible rebates & some free water saving devices. Be Water-Smart – Contact SFPUC

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SF Rents Continue to Rise

“Average asking rents have now jumped 55 percent since the fourth quarter of 2009, rising from $31.37 per square foot to $48.71 per square foot, according to Jones Lang LaSalle. In the second quarter rents increased by 4.6 percent, while top creative buildings saw an increase of 6.4 percent.” SF Office Space Rent

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