by a Twin Cities Industry Professional
The CoWorking industry has taken the world by storm. In 2005, there were only 3 verified CoWorking spaces in the entire world. And as of 2017, that number had skyrocketed to a staggering 15,000 and that number is slated to double by the end of 2018. These figures are a testament to the rise in digital workplaces and remote working.
I just came back from our Global Workspace Association conference in Austin, Texas and came away with a few interesting facts:
In July and August 2018, 306 new CoWorking centers were opened worldwide. 169 being in the United States. The number of new CoWorking locations are estimated to grow to almost 1,000 in the U.S. by the end of 2018. At the end of 2017, 44% of coworkers were female. By the end of 2018 that number will grow to almost 50% of coworkers being female. By the end of 2019, there will be approximately 1 million people coworking.
But CoWorking is not just for small businesses anymore. Global companies are using flexible space solutions as alternatives to taking or building their own workspaces. They are turning to large CoWorking companies like WeWork to house entire divisions of a company for special projects or teams, and in some cases entire divisions of a company. Studies providing workspace is expensive and can tie up capital. CoWorking can reduce their liabilities and long-term commitments by using flex space providers to house their workforce. Instead of CoWorking communities growing by one or two people at a time, large companies will place 40 or 50 people in a workspace and as many as hundreds of people at one time or over a short period of time.
These facts tell us that the workspace has changed dramatically. Particularly since trends in entrepreneurship and the evolution of the home based business has changed not only how work is done but also where work is done. In addition, technology has played a large part in the ability for workers to use the Internet to work anywhere they choose. CoWorking supports businesses by offering flexible workspace solutions, short term space commitments and the economies of sharing facilities and staff. In short, flex space and CoWorking works! Not just for small businesses but for every business.
“Life is short. Work someplace awesome!”
My background as a CoWorking service business started in 1981. I have seen the workspace evolve and change dramatically. In our early days, we looked for usually “one guy” to take a permanent private office. The offices looked very similar in that they had a basic desk, credenza, chair and a couple of side chairs. That format worked for years. And then technology took the lead. Computers and the internet allowed people to communicate at a different level. Email changed correspondence norms and encouraged less paper and mail costs. The pace of workspace became lightning fast, no more worrying about the fax machine or document delivery. Our target clients are road warriors who carry their office wherever they go whether it is home, auto, hotel or designated workspace.
Technology changed the definition of work. Today almost 90% of businesses created are home based. And home can be an excellent place to work: the dress code rocks, the commute is non-existent, and the economics for a small business make sense. But many people found home is not ideal for those who find distractions a challenge. The number one complaint of businesses that work from home is isolation. There is just no interaction with like-minded professionals or coworkers hanging out at the coffee station or the water cooler. That is where CoWorking hits a home run.
At OffiCenters we have conquered the isolation of entrepreneurial workers. Our workspaces push beyond four walls and include over 1,200 members in our community. We offer not just the space to work but options on collaboration and business challenges. We have networking groups, educational seminars, community outreach and charitable events, and mostly opportunities to meet the five generations of members in our workspaces. In my over 30-year career in workspace as a service, it has never been so exciting.
A recent survey of OffiCenters’ members (August 2018) showed 100% found our spaces conquered their isolation problems. 81% of members have made critical professional bounds within our community. 83% feel that joining a CoWorking community makes them more productive. 78% say they have increased their bottom line since joining OffiCenter. These are powerful numbers and we are proud to influence our community to success. We really emphasize working within our own community and for members to buy from one another whenever possible.
Over the last 8 years we have completely remodeled our workspaces to include not just single private offices but more meeting and conference room choices, team spaces, collaborative workspaces and 60 seat open areas in all of our locations. Our CoWorking spaces have a coffee shop type of environment only with a more professional feel and a lot better Wi-Fi connections.
OffiCenters has 7 locations in the Twin Cities area, which include: Bloomington, Edina, Minnetonka, St. Louis Park, Woodbury and the Minneapolis North Loop.
If you or anyone you know would like to try CoWorking,
please call us at (612) 349-2700 for a free day pass.
Lori Spiess, Founder of OffiCenters
Lori Spiess is the Founder of OffiCenters and has provided workspace solutions to the Twin Cities since 1981. She is an innovator; leader and motivator who help businesses do their best work. She was the first woman President of the Global Workspace Association (GWA). Her company won Most Innovative Workspace 2014 and she made Minnesota Real Power 50 list in 2015. Spiess, a recent cancer survivor, has a new motto: Life is short. Work someplace awesome!
You can view her location at https://officenters.com/.
RETAIL MARKET TRENDS | Q4 2018 | Mpls-St. Paul Economic Overview
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the unemployment rate for the Mpls-St. Paul metropolitan statistical area (MSA) decreased 50 basis points from 2.5% in November 2017 to 2.0% in November 2018. The unemployment rate for the U.S. was at 3.8% in October 2018, up from 2.8% for the State of Minnesota. The Mpls-St. Paul MSA saw an increase in retail job growth, leisure and hospitality growing by 3,600 during the same period.
The Mpls-St.Paul retail market, consisting of over 89 msf of space in seven counties across the metro posting an availability rate of 6.6% for Q4 2018. The vacancy rate for the market stands at 5.9% to close out 2018. The average asking lease rate for Mpls-St. Paul came in at $18.01 psf NNN. To date, there are over 34 construction projects throughout the market, totaling just over 768,000 sf.
At the close of Q4 2018, the market experienced over 344,000 sf of leasing activity and the vacancy rate finished the year at 5.9% in total and the Southwest market posting the lowest rate at 4.5%. The top five lease transactions accounted for over 135,000 sf throughout Mpls-St. Paul with the largest leased space for Hobby Lobby leasing 61,000 sf.
READ ENTIRE REPORT: Q4 2018 – Retail Market Trends
Written By: MNCAR/Redi Comps
For firms whose growth is uncertain . . . or . . . perhaps a firm that is opening a new office or starting a business . . . subleasing space can be a sound alternative. However, just as with any real estate transaction, caution is always in order.
Get to Know The Sublessor:
First, it helps to understand why the original tenant wants to sublease. Is their business struggling? Have they lost a number of key employees? Did they overestimate their future growth? Or perhaps they are reconfiguring their space into a more collaborative environment and find they don’t need all of the space. What are their future plans? When does the prime lease expire? All of this is key since subtenants must comply with the terms of the prime lease.
Second, most sublease space is leased in an “as is” condition, meaning that the prime tenant will provide no dollars for any changes to the space. Therefore, review the language of the lease to see what restrictions might apply to any alterations. Generally, the prime landlord’s consent and approval is mandatory. Also, if you plan to make any significant changes, consult the prime landlord. Changes that actually affect the configuration or general function of the space can cause problems in re-letting the space once you move out.
Have an Real Estate Professional Review the Lease:
Lastly, ensure that the terms of the sublease document are sound and complete and that you, as the subtenant, are protected in the event of some kind of default by the sub-landlord.
If we can offer any advice or assist in any way, please feel free to contact Paramount. Proper preparation before moving forward is essential to any successful real estate transaction.
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INDUSTRIAL MARKET TRENDS | Q4 2018 | Mpls-St. Paul
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the unemployment rate for the Mpls-St. Paul metropolitan statistical area (MSA) decreased 50 basis points from 2.5% in November 2018. The unemployment rate for the U.S. was at 3.8% in October 2018, up from 2.8% for the State of Minnesota. The Mpls-St. Paul MSA saw an increase in industrial growth in manufacturing growing by 6,900 during the same period.
The Mpls-St.Paul industrial market, consisting of 119 msf of space in either counties across the metro posted an availability rate of 11.4% for Q4 2018. The vacancy rate for the market stands at 8.2% to close out 2018. The average asking lease low rate was $5.82 and high rate was $9.00 NNN for Mpls-St. Paul. To date, there are 17 construction projects throughout the market, totaling just over 209 msf.
At the close of Q4 2018, the market experiences over 1.9 msf of leasing activity and the vacancy rate finished the year at 8.2% in total with the Southeast market posting the lowest rate at 7.0%. The top five lease transactions accounted for over 490,797 sf throughout Mpls-St. Paul with the largest leased space for Asmodee North America leasing 130,000 sf. Northeast warehouse distribution increased to 15.7% vacancy from 11.3% due to new deliveries totaling 468,188 sf.
READ ENTIRE REPORT: Q4 2018 – Industrial Market Trends
Written by: MNCAR/Redi Comps
Have you ever wondered why operating expenses vary from property to property? Energy consumption, service levels and service contracts can vary greatly so it is advisable to secure the details prior to lease execution.
Several recent office lease transactions Paramount has been involved in highlight the need for a close review of a property’s operating budget. Some “full service” leases may include daily cleaning, vacuuming, replacing light bulbs and cleaning your breakroom. And then others may not include these services at all or the services may be on a more limited basis. While most Property owners reserve the right to change rules and regulations and janitorial specs, it is a good practice for your representative to take the time to request the budget and janitorial specifications. Once you have the detailed information you will be better able to compare properties. After settling on your most desirable property, a close review of the associated lease language may uncover conflicts or missing details that might surprise you during your term. As an example, say your employees prefer to eat lunch in your office suite, this practice probably makes it imperative that janitorial specifications would include daily trash service. No one wants to smell that reheated salmon the first time let alone the rest of the week!
Knowing the service level upfront will allow you the opportunity to verify the details are incorporated into the final lease. After all, operating expenses and real estate taxes can be 50% or more of your overall rent and you should only be paying for services you receive.
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Have you purchased a commercial or industrial building lately? If so, then you know the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is aggressively regulating vapors that may seep into buildings. Cracks in concrete floors, holes in the foundations, and just plain porous concrete can be conduits for harmful chemical vapors that may exist from contamination on your property or even the neighbor’s property.
Environmental consultants are recommending vapor testing for sites that are near known
groundwater and soil contamination.
If the tests are positive, a second round of testing may be completed before designing a treatment system. Typical treatments include creating negative pressure under the floor slab and venting it out the roof. This can be expensive, $1.00-$2.00 per building square foot. As you may know, when the MPCA is concerned, so are the banks. We have worked on four transactions in the last two years that required vapor treatment. It did not stop the transactions, but the process takes time, effort, and attention to detail in order to be successful.
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In order for a building to earn LEED Certification, it must meet certain criteria and goals within the following categories:
Location and Transportation: How close is the project to mass transit?
Materials and Resources: Will the project use locally sourced, sustainable products?
Water Efficiency: To what extent will the project reduce potable water usage?
Energy and Atmosphere: How will the project improve energy performance and indoor air quality?
Sustainable Site: To what extent will the project utilize nearby natural resources and ecosystems that can naturally take part of the design, minimizing environmental pollution?
Regional Priority Credits: This addresses particular concerns based on project location
Innovation: Any idea that is not covered under the main LEED areas
Each of these respective categories contains a series of opportunities to earn credits. The project earns points when it uses and integrates these opportunities. The more points the project earns, the more sustainable is the building. Depending on the number of points gained, the project can then earn certification as a certified building or as a silver, gold or platinum building.
Benefits of a LEED Certified building are many:
Reduced use of energy and water
Reduced operation and maintenance costs
Reduced construction waste during the construction process
Increased indoor air quality
Usage of recycled materials
Increased employee performance, satisfaction and retention
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John Young, CCIM’s transaction with Warner’s Stellian made TCN Worldwide’s-Top Industrial Deals (Q2-2018). Read more: 2018_Qtr2 Commercial Focus. Warner’s Stellian purchased an 80,000 SF industrial building located at 2601 Broadway Street NE, Minneapolis.
TCN Worldwide, a consortium of independent commercial real estate firms, provides complete integrated real estate solutions locally and internationally. With approximately $58.6 billion in annual transactions, TCN Worldwide ranks as one of the largest service providers in the industry. An extensive range of real estate services coupled with a personal commitment to exceed client expectations is what allows TCN Worldwide to be a leader within the commercial real estate industry. Formed in 1989, TCN Worldwide is comprised of over 5,000 commercial real estate professionals serving more than 200 primary and secondary markets worldwide.
Qualifying your real estate needs, researching, locating and negotiating a new lease or purchase of a property is by no means the end of the relocation process for most companies.
One of the most important and costly items within relocating a business operation is the actual move itself. This activity requires diligent planning, multiple bids for competitive pricing, knowledge related to construction, furniture systems, Tel-com and IT, relocation/moving service providers, and many other move related items. This is where a seasoned project manager can add tremendous value saving time and money, keeping everything on schedule and handling any problems as they arise. Why risk exposure to additional costs, disruptions or unforeseen delays and headaches, not to mention the stress the inside person who was tossed the project manager hat will experience. Interview and select a Project Manager as part of the initial space planning process and the move experience (and costs), will be well worth the cost of a Project Manager.
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