Category Archives: Case Study

An Inside Look at Cleveland’s Elite Workspaces: Q&A with President of Oswald Companies

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The office is the cornerstone of any business. It’s at the heart of organizational structure, productivity and external branding. JLL’s real estate experts get it. They are committed to securing the very best spaces to fit specific business needs. This is the first post in a series spotlighting a few of our region’s most elite workspaces.

In late 2010, Oswald Cos. approached JLL with a common problem faced by commercial real estate tenants. The Cleveland-based, employee-owned insurance brokerage firm did not have very flexible lease terms, limiting overall growth for the foreseeable future.

Not long after Oswald and JLL started searching the local market, space at 1100 Superior quickly rose to the top of Oswald’s list. The company moved into the spacious, 72,000-square-foot space on Superior Avenue in downtown Cleveland, in time to coincide with its 120-year anniversary in 2013.

OswaldCentreWith a brand new, state-of-the-art conference center, functional, modern design, leading technologies, and huddle rooms for collaborative and creative meetings, Oswald Centre qualifies among Cleveland’s most elite spaces.

Now that Oswald has had time to get comfortable in their new space, we met with company President and COO, David Jacobs, to see how he (and his employees) have adjusted to the new headquarters.

Q&A With Oswald President & COO, David Jacobs

Q: What has the last year been like since the company’s move?

A: Great! Actually, more than great. Our employees saw Oswald’s level of commitment to them. It meant a lot to them to know that they are so valued by the organization that leadership built a better environment specifically with them in mind.

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A Look at Lease Negotiations: Case Study Spotlight

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By Dan Adamski, Managing Director, Jones Lang LaSalle

The business landscape, like the commercial real estate scene, is dynamic.

Change is rapid, and goals are adjustable. As a result, business owners often need the flexibility to alter their current real estate portfolio. Whatever the reason, the ability to engage in successful lease negotiations gives business owners the freedom to reinvent goals, and change with the times.

We suggest three simple steps to guide the negotiation process.… Read More

Step 1: