Category Archives: Office Space Planning

Employee POV: What Makes JLL Center One of Pittsburgh’s Coolest Offices

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Courtesy of JLL

What makes an office cool? Flexible workspaces, breaking down silos and innovative tech solutions are a good place to start. All this paired with sweet skyline views and a prime go-to happy hour spot nearby doesn’t hurt either.

JLL Center at Tower Two-Sixty is a current example of all that a “cool” office space should include. Just last spring, Tower Two-Sixty became the new home of our Pittsburgh headquarters—JLL Center. One year later, it’s being recognized by the Pittsburgh Business Times as one of the coolest offices in the area. Located in the heart of the city, JLL Center fosters a modern, open and inviting environment featuring shuffleboard, cutting-edge technology and a patio overlooking Market Square.

JLLers across all departments are benefiting from the innovative workspace. But, don’t just take our word for it. Here’s what some had to say about the new office space:

Q: JLL relied on its own employees to shape workplace design and strategy. How do you see that employee-driven design implemented throughout the office space?Read More

How the Law Industry Can Fight Stagnant Growth

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By: Rob Roe, JLL Managing Director 

The 2008 recession resulted in significant changes to the legal business. According to our 2016 U.S. Law Firm Perspective, law firms have faced numerous challenges, such as economic uncertainty and volatile legal employment rates, as demand has stagnated.

Despite these challenges, the 2016 Altman Weil Report revealed that nearly 74% of firms with 250 lawyers or fewer have experienced revenue and profit growth since 2008. There has been a slow upward trend in revenue, however, firms must reevaluate their growth strategies to remain profitable.

So, how are they overcoming these challenges?

Industry leaders are starting to regain their footing by adopting new strategies to trim overhead costs, spark growth and maintain high levels of profitability.… Read More

Your Startup Needs an Office Space. Now What?

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By: Andy Effler, Senior Associate at JLL

JLL Senior Associate Andy Effler speaks at Columbus Startup Week. Courtesy of Columbus Startup Week

You’ve launched your startup, and so far, you’ve enjoyed the advantages of not necessarily needing a formal office space: cost savings, convenience, and no commute. But, growth is a milestone worth celebrating, and with that comes the need for a space for your business to thrive.

If your startup is fortunate to experience growth, the move to an office space can provide significant benefits. As your startup graduates from a garage or co-working space to that first office space, the move can also be a bit complex.

Researching, finding and finalizing contracts for an office lease can seem like a daunting task. To simplify the process, we created this list of five questions you should be asking when securing that first office space.

1. How long will the process actually take?

Startups often underestimate the time it takes to ultimately move into an office space for the first time. Keep in mind that several steps can take varying amounts of time, including:… Read More

Commercial Real Estate News Brief: March 2017

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In the latest edition of our monthly news brief, JLL’s regional team curates the top commercial real estate industry articles to keep you in-the-know. In this month’s edition, JLL spotlights healthcare real estate, future-proof office solutions and solar electricity benefits.

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Healthcare Real Estate Professionals Prepare for a Wave of Adjustments

The healthcare industry continues to evolve, which means real estate strategies for hospitals, practitioners and other medical offices do, too. Becker’s Hospital Review highlighted the six trends that will impact healthcare real estate this year:

  1. The repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
  2. Value-based reimbursement and changes to healthcare delivery setting
  3. Tax exempt hospitals coming under pressure
  4. Health systems monetizing real estate assets
  5. New rules impacting leasing arrangements
  6. Continuation of regulatory scrutiny

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Taking Notes from the Region’s Most Innovative Offices: 4 Tips

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By: Tim Kay, Managing Director, JLL

Above, JLL’s Detroit office brands itself with modern lounge areas, collaborative space and exposed ceiling beams.

As the fight for top talent grows even more competitive, office design is moving to the forefront of business strategy.

Tech leaders have forever changed workplace expectations. GoDaddy has go-karts for its employees at its headquarters in California, and Cisco Systems has an onsite health center.

While these companies are at the forefront of workplace innovation, we’re seeing trends from Silicon Valley and beyond trickle down into local cities in Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Our local offices might not be as extreme (no, we’re not aware of a local office that’s home to go-karts), but we are moving into a new era for workplace design. So, what can you learn from some of the region’s most innovative spaces? We’ve highlighted four takeaways to incorporate into your next workplace strategy. … Read More

The Cleveland Comeback: Urban Redevelopment Can Rebrand a City

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 By: Andrew Batson, Director of Research, JLL

Before the 2016 Republic National Convention (RNC), the city of Cleveland suffered a major image problem. After, however, the mindset of many of its residents and the general public changed.Cleveland Public Square

Two years of construction and planned redevelopment paved the way for Cleveland to make its way back into the spotlight—this time, with modern event facilities and trendy restaurants downtown and along the lakeshore.

Cleveland isn’t the only city using redevelopment as a tool to rebrand its image, but it provides a solid blueprint for doing so. Cities are investing more time and money into their downtown spaces in the hopes of being considered for large-scale events, becoming a tourist destination, driving business growth, and attracting top talent for current businesses.… Read More

Tech-Enablement: The New Driver of Office Design

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By: Dave MacDonald, Executive Vice President at JLLjll_tech-enabled-workspace

With ever increasing cloud adoption and demand for office flexibility, it’s no wonder that tenants have set their sights on tech-enabled workplaces. In fact, research has shown that a tech-enabled, cloud-computing workforce has higher levels of productivity and employee satisfaction.

Now more than ever, businesses nationwide are recognizing the benefits—and the need—for digital connectivity that extends well beyond their office layouts.

Closing the Gap in Tech Adoption

When you picture traditional office arrangements, you likely think cubicles, desktop computers with limited-to-no mobility, and separation between information technology (IT), architecture and design. But today, IT and audio/visual needs take up nearly 25% of the total build-out costs for offices, compared to just 7% ten years ago.… Read More

JLL’s Pittsburgh Office Fit-Out Encourages Mixture of Collaboration and Innovation

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By: JC Pelusi, Market Leader, Managing Director, JLL

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Over the last 10 years, JLL’s Pittsburgh office has grown from 50 employees to roughly 450. In addition to our local brokerage team, the Pittsburgh office is also a national hub for the firm’s Lease Administration and Property Service Center teams—hence the need for a new and improved space.

In case you haven’t heard, our team moved into JLL Center at Tower Two-Sixty this past May. The new space includes three floors (55,000-square-feet) and a balcony overlooking Market Square. Our team is honored to join the city’s elite skyline, but it didn’t happen overnight.

For the fit-out of our new Pittsburgh office space, we handed the reins to a team of four women to lead the charge on workplace strategy and design. In this post, I’ll dive into the team’s process, plus a quick look at JLL’s newly finished office.

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Secondary Cities Are Hot: New Towers Rise, More Demand Builds [SlideShare]

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 By: Andrew Batson, Director of Research, JLL

In case you missed it, the annual JLL Skyline Review is back. The newly released research highlights 52 markets across the U.S. and Canada for an up-close view of market conditions and key trends in commercial real estate. While the report analyzes top markets across the nation, many trends impact cities closer to home—including Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit and Pittsburgh.

(Above: Explore trends and data from this year’s Skyline, across OH, MI and PA cities.)

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Top 5 Trends from JLL’s Annual Skyline Report

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  By: Andrew Batson, Manager of Research & Analysis, JLL

From coast to coast, our city skylines are a source of pride and community. It’s not surprising that top-tier office buildings in our urban cores continue to report lower vacancies, higher rents and more developer interest.

The anticipated Skyline Review is back, and more advanced than ever before.

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In case you missed it in years past, the Skyline… Read More