Going the more traditional route

March 19, 2018 Kelsey Burgess

Building out your office space can be overwhelming – not to mention costly. So many decisions need to be made, from office layout and space allocation to the quality of finishes and amount of design work. 

To make these decisions less daunting, we’ve harnessed our business intelligence data in order to bring you the U.S. and Canada Office Fit Out Guide, a report that compares build out costs across different office style and space qualities in order to give tenants a sense of how seemingly small choices can affect the bottom line in a big way.

For instance, if the nature of your company’s work primarily deals with confidential information and privacy is a necessity, a traditional office environment is likely the style for you. Within this office style and dependent on your budget, you can choose from a range of low to high-end design and furnishings in order to meet your design needs and the environment you want to present to employees and clients.

Coming in at $177 per-square-foot on average, traditional offices are more expensive than progressive ($152 per-square-foot) or moderate ($158 per-square-foot) office styles, but they have the highest private office density out of all three styles with 30 percent of the floor space dedicated to enclosed offices and 70 percent dedicated to an open floor plan built out with workspaces and high partitions. 

Although the majority of a traditional office space is catered to private offices and workstations, conference rooms and collaboration areas are still key.

Law firms and financial services firms are the types of organizations that typically opt for a more traditional office style as they tend to be more private, conservative and refined in nature. Baker & McKenzie is a good example of a law firm that recently updated its dated headquarters office in a more traditional style. In addition to revamping its private offices, the space was redesigned with thoughtful collaboration spaces and high-end finishes to reflect its stature as a leading global law firm.

If you’re looking for private offices rather than an open floor plan and you’re leaning towards a more refined aesthetic, a traditional office style may be just the right fit for your organization. For more information on how location, office style and space design can impact the cost of your office build out, check out our 2018 U.S. and Canada Office Fit Out Guide.

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