Over the Christmas holidays, John Savard, Owner of Bedrock Realty, was quoted in an interesting article about one of downtown Calgary’s most unique (and largest) offices spaces available on the market right now.
“Gulf Canada Square is the length of two city blocks . . . it’s so unique. You won’t ever see that,” said Savard in the article. “Firstly, an 80,000-square-foot floor plate is extremely rare in the entire country and it’s the largest for an office space. That’s the largest base building space that exists (for lease) in Calgary and the country.”
You can learn more about this available space in the full article.
Commercial space for lease in Calgary is wide open at the moment, with plenty of options downtown and in the surrounding suburban areas. It is, essentially, a buyer’s market for entrepreneurs and corporations looking to establish in the city – but that doesn’t mean you should be hasty! Today Bedrock Realty Advisors Inc. a trusted commercial realty advisor in Calgary, discusses the top five things to consider before looking for a commercial space to rent in Calgary.
Location, Location, Location The most important factor in choosing your Calgary lease space is the location. The city has many desirable locations, including downtown. Right now is a great time for smaller businesses or startups to invest in downtown. Lease rates are down since several notable energy companies have pulled out of Alberta. This has opened up the core to revitalization as some property developers are turning empty towers into apartments. Slowly but surely, downtown is changing to have a wider range of businesses, along with more residences. If you are on the hunt for commercial space to rent in Calgary, don’t discount downtown. You may be surprised at what you can get for a great price right now.
Growth Potential Moving a business is time-consuming and very expensive. Before you put down a deposit on a commercial space for lease in Calgary, ensure it has the room you need to expand. It is well worth looking at buying up adjacent bays, or facilities with a few extra office spaces even if they will sit empty for a couple of years. The price of maintaining the space is often less than the price of relocating and changing your address on all of your branding materials.
Easy Access Whether your commercial space for rent in Calgary is going to rely on foot traffic from customers (like a retail store) or not (like warehousing or online services), it must be accessible. You, your customers, and your staff want to be close to work via a short commute or by public transit. Commercial space for lease in Calgary’s downtown is a great option because the C Train is free to use downtown. This means your customers and staff don’t have to worry about parking or slippery roads during Alberta’s chilly winters.
Value Add-Ons Again, considering both your customers and your staff, you want a location that has extra value for everyone that uses or comes to the space. Your commercial space for rent in Calgary should be close to amenities like green spaces, lunch shops, and safe walking trails (be they streets or more suburban areas). Also consider the value of having accessible washrooms for the differently-abled, gender-neutral washrooms, lactating rooms for female staff that are nursing, nap rooms (which are trending right now!) and being close to laundry mats and grocery stores for the team members that must take care of these chores before or after their workday.
Future Potential The commercial space for rent in Calgary that you ultimately decide on must also depend on the area’s future potential. The City of Calgary is looking to attract tech-focused businesses, for example, meaning any company that is tech-focused or supplies the tech sector would be wise to rent in downtown Calgary before competition for space ramps up.
Bedrock Realty Advisors Inc. guides those looking for commercial space to lease in Calgary through the process of finding the ideal location for your business’ present and future needs. Contact us today and let us help you find the perfect spot to launch and thrive.
Most entrepreneurs think that upsizing is the best way to measure company growth, but let’s not be too hasty. Downsizing could also be a strategic move, and with the many options for downtown Calgary office space, you can find the perfect fit for any business situation.
Here at Bedrock Realty, we have a singular focus on matching businesses of all sizes with spaces to rent or lease in downtown Calgary, or any of the other popular districts. We are plugged into the industry and have access to the most unique spaces, be they towering lofts, accessible to transport corridors, or situated to draw in foot traffic.
We’ve seen many companies up or downsize for many reasons.
Upsizing to Accommodate Less Staff but More Products
When product-based companies leverage automation, allow the team to telecommute, or move operations to a digital platform, they often upsize their warehouse space while simultaneously downsizing their office space. They still need office space, just not as much.
Why not try moving the warehouse operations to the transport corridor and the administration offices to a downtown office space? The admin team would appreciate walking access to shops, eateries and services, along with easy access to the LRT line. It’s a creative upsizing solution.
Downsizing for the Staff
We mentioned telecommunicating above, as it is something that helps your team balance busy work and home lives. Even a growing company can downsize into a boutique Calgary downtown office space by setting up a drop in shared workplace environment instead of traditional offices.
Just imagine – your team can work from home but when they need to meet clients or have meetings, they can find an open desk or workspace in your office, and just plug in their laptop. Again, the downtown location is perfect for this type of setup as the shift from corporate headquarters to more tech-focused and boutique businesses is going on right now.
Up or Downsizing to take Advantage of the Calgary Downtown Office Space Market
There is no easy way to put it – lease rates in downtown Calgary have plunged and vacancy rates are high. Although this represents a tough time in our economy, there is a very big silver lining. Up and coming entrepreneurs and small businesses can take advantage of lower rates to move into Calgary’s downtown core, and larger businesses that are winding down operations can divest themselves of sprawling facilities on the outskirts finish out their days in chic offices downtown.
Bedrock Realty matches you with the downtown Calgary office space you need
Whether your company is up or downsizing for any reason, you need the prefect office space for your clients, your team, and your operations. Let us put our experience to work for you. We match you with the best downtown Calgary office space so your business can continue thrive. Contact us today to learn more.
Commercial real estate felt the pinch of a slumping economy in 2016 and Calgary’s suburban office market was no exception.
From headleases – between a landlord and a tenant – to subleases – where a tenant puts some of their excess space on the market – commercial real estate outside the core had its challenges.
“A significant amount of very, very large blocks of vacancies are available on the sublease market and the head lease market, for that matter, and we have not seen a great number of tenants going in to take those spaces,’’ said John Savard, principal, office leasing specialist with Bedrock Realty Advisors Inc. Suburban office vacancy rose 0.3 percent during the fourth quarter of 2016 to 22.6 percent, according to a recent Barclay Street Real Estate report.
As featured in the Calgary Herald this week, Bedrock Realty had the pleasure of helping B&A Planning Group take advantage of the current market and relocate their offices to an entire floor of the prestigious west tower of Penn West Plaza.
Read the whole article by David Parker in the Calgary Herald here.
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What Our Clients Are Saying
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for helping us secure our new office premises. Your professional expertise and attention to detail made finding new office space a pleasurable experience.
Your understanding of the landlord’s lease and what the landlord’s giving points were helped our firm secure very favourable lease terms. We are confident that you represented our firm’s best interest throughout the entire process.
Your knowledge of the office market saved us money! The recommendation of asking for a free rent period directly helped our firm save a significant amount of money to off-set our moving costs.
Without hesitation, I would recommend your leasing services to my clients, friends and business associates.
Robert B. Ramsay
President, Vantage Engineering Inc.
ACM Automation used John Savard’s services for our office lease renewals in 2003 & 2008. In both negotiations, we did not want to move and were concerned that our landlord would use that against us. John was able to present market comparable alternatives to the landlord so the landlord now had to compete against its competition to earn our tenancy. I strongly feel that John’s involvement created the leverage that ACM Automation required to secure ACM favourable lease terms.
In the fall of 2011, ACM Automation needed to expand our business. A simple solution presented itself as there was vacant space in our building. Expansion in our building seemed easy as we still had 2 years left on the lease that John had negotiated 3 years prior. We thought we had a solution figured out in our direct discussions with our landlord’s agent but I called my trusted real estate broker for his opinion. John advised us on the office market. It seemed to be a reasonable solution to expand in our building given the limited recoveries that we could achieve in the current Sublease market that would make a move too costly.
Owner, ACM Facility Safety
John has been my office space advisor for over 7 years now. His initial role was vital in relocating to our previous location 5 years ago.
In our most recent relocation, our company growth plans crated uncertainty over just how much more office space we would require and therefore crated a delay in our ability to make a timely decision. This delay challenged our search choices such that only a few options existed.
Our search parameters were also limited by location. Our firm’s business requires our location to be close to both City Hall and major transportation arteries such as the Memorial Drive and Deerfoot Trail. John was able to increase the set of office location options by recommending a building in the west end of downtown. I trusted johns’ knowledge of our new building’s ingress and egress of traffic. I have since discovered that John’s recommendation has saved our firm a significant amount of travel time.
John successfully navigated our limited choices and was able to successfully negotiate a very favourable lease for our firm in a location that has turned out better than I would have thought. John’s knowledge of the Landlord’s Lease revealed the giving points that provided us the comfort of a lease that would protect our firm.
Without Hesitation, I would recommend John Savard’s office leasing services to my friends and colleagues.
Brown & Associates Planning Group
John has been our trusted source for the last twelve years, and our last three office locations. He is incredibly knowledgeable and helped us get a prime location that exceeded our expectations.
John takes the pain out of an office move, without a doubt I would recommend working with BedRock Realty.