Kane is adept in relocating companies from one building to another. However, for this particular client, we will be assisting by hiring a cable company to remove all “data cabling” and hiring an air conditioning company to remove freestanding independent air conditioning units and related ducting requested by the landlord. We met with the landlord early on so that we have a good 3-4 months to plan this ahead of the move.
A sign of the times is uncertainty. What does office space look like these days and how much does a company really need.? Kane’s long time Asian Marketing Firm decided they no longer wanted traditional office space (10,000/sq. ft.) in a high-rise Class A location. However, this decision required time to figure out a new and different environment – a smaller and more collaborative space that could also work for entertaining clients. So, to buy them some time, we did a short 1 year renewal at a reduced rate – taking the space “as is” and buying them some time. Changes abound!
What we are seeing in many industries is the downsizing of many offices. One of our Irvine client’s office lease was up March 1, 2023 and they decided that since 99% of their staff was working from home 95% of the time, it was time to try something new and save some money in office rent. As the lease was coming up, we assisted them in securing a Regus Executive Suite in Irvine. Our project became more of a decommission (getting rid of like new furniture, removing cabling from ceiling, etc.). We were able to find homes for some of the furniture and encouraged the employees to take home their ergonomic chairs among other items. Kane was invited to take some much needed office supplies and equipment as well. We tried to recycle most items. The executive suite lease is 1 year long – so we’ll check back with them to see if that is fitting the bill in a year or whether employees want to come back into the office more. The nice thing about Executive Suites is they can be month-to-month or year-to-year…giving lots of flexibility for uncertain clients during uncertain changing times.
It never surprises us when something unexpected happens in our projects and moves. However, we certainly were surprised at the snow storm that hit the day of our move – February 22, 2023! Despite the snow, cold and ice – we did manage to get all the client’s items to their new location. Decommissioning of their existing space (recycling furniture, etc.) however was not as easy. Due to the storm, the recycling center and dump were both closed on February 23, 2023… so all we could do was load trucks and wait a day in hopes of those places opening again. It did delay the move, but did not delay us from getting our client out of their old space on time. All broom clean and turned over by end of the month! Another successful corporate relocation.
Kane’s long time client, Lawrence Beach Allen & Choi’s Orange County Office relocated in mid – February 2023. We have moved their Orange County Office 3 times now in 15 years! It’s gratifying when a law firm understands the benefits of “move and project management” over and over again. This is a great group of lawyers and staff. We were also able to repurpose some like “new” private office furniture from another client to this law firm at no charge except for the physical moving expense by the movers. Going “green” is always a plus! Here are a few photos of their previous office space and a few of their new office space.
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New Office Space:
Our long-term client, Kennedy Jenks, is moving from a traditional office space to a new dedicated hoteling office for their Northern CA staff. The photo is of the architect and GC who worked hard to deliver the space in time for the upcoming Feb 10 move.
Kane flew to Princeton NJ in early December to look for office space with long time client. Pictured here is Barb and client after a fabulous dinner in downtown Princeton!
MedPoint, a Kane client, has been storing stuff in a suite located at the Sherman Oaks Galleria (the suite is near their office). There are 3 long hallways from the freight elevator to the storage suite (pictured here). You can imagine how this can wear a moving crew out, just laying the floor protection let alone pushing furniture, technology and boxes along these long hallways. After 1 year of different moves in and out, the storage suite was cleaned out…the long push is over. Celebration!!! The good news? Barbara got her steps in during these moves!
Kane negotiated a new lease at a new location for long time client / vendor, Minuteman Press in Redondo Beach. They just moved across their parking lot but they have all new lighting, flooring, cabinetry and paint, which was part of the Landlord improvements. They are loving the new space.
Kane CRE closed a 5400/sq.ft. office lease for a long time client. The lease is for 5 years in Portland, Oregon. We now switch modes to take on the project and move management portion of this project! Occupancy is anticipated by March 1, 2023. Kane is a full service brokerage, project and move management firm. We are a one-stop shop for all of your business real estate, project and move related needs.