In today’s busy world, (or at least the pre-COVID world we used to know), oftentimes our clients couldn’t simply vacate their office while we renovate their space. We get it, the show must go on. That’s why we’ve become trained in the art of problem-solving. When these tenant requests occur, we have the experience and know-how in order to make sure these occupied space renovations run smoothly. Read on for a few tips we’ve picked up over our 19 years in business.
- Keep the Communication Lines Open and Frequent
Communication is key! It’s no doubt that a renovation is ultimately beneficial for everyone in the office, but regardless of that benefit, the process can be inconvenient for employees. Regular and transparent communication with the tenant and employees regarding the ongoing status of construction projects is a major key to success with these types of renovations.
- Take a Phased Approach
Even though it can be tempting to cross off your renovation to-do’s, using a multi-step plan allows for more flexibility as well as the ability to make changes in your master plan if you realize along the way that a certain design won’t work. Additionally, by moving through one area at a time this allows the tenant the ability to continue to maintain some functionality of the space and generate income within the completed part of the phased renovation.
- Create a Swing Space
Depending on the scope of work, it can be beneficial to create a swing space to provide employees a distraction and dust-free work environment throughout the construction process.
- Schedule your Work Hours Accordingly
Limit disruption to the tenants by coordinating with the Facility Manager to schedule noisy construction work before and or after work hours.
Working with an experienced general contractor is a great way to minimize the stress of a building renovation. Although this pandemic has put renovations of tenant-occupied spaces on hold thanks to an increase in remote work, the communication and problem-solving skills we’ve learned from them in the past remain relevant throughout all of our future projects.