As the economy continues to get better, more businesses will pop up needing office space. Existing companies will want to expand into larger spaces. Sustainable designs are more in demand due to the increase in awareness of dwindling resources for building. For several years, Boomers were the main users of the office spaces but more recently, their children, the Millennials or better known as Gen Y, are taking spaces for new start-up businesses driven by their entrepreneurial spirit.
There is a distinct difference between these two groups. Boomers are concerned with the bottom line and utility. Saving the forest was their first venture into sustainability followed by clean air. Efforts were taken to become more environmentally concerned but again, the bottom line had to be factored into mix. Their children, Gen Y, raised in a time of environmental issues and changes. Their philosophy is making better environmental decisions in everything we build or manufacture.
Both of these groups are using more and more office space as our economy supports and encourages entrepreneurs. Office building owners and Investors in this niche now need to design spaces that work for both of these groups. How does this happen? I recently read a very enlightening article by Valerie Trent in the April, 2013 WorkDesign Magazine.
Broker/Owner, Investment Property Consultant
Real Estate Solutions of SWFL, LLC