What Tech Tenants Want

A Guide to What Technology Organizations are Looking for When Leasing

Tech clients are leading the way when it comes to thinking and acting differently in the workplace. Across the board, they are setting new standards for workplace design that are reaching far into best practices across all sectors. As brokers, developers, and designers set out to create the next workplace of the future for their clients, they should consider these tech-inspired game changers.

1.  AUTHENTICITY

Tech clients can sniff inauthenticity a mile away. The key to making unique spaces is designing with local context, meeting specific end user needs, and upholding standards of sustainable sourcing and materiality.

2.  CAMPUS FEEL

Google workplaces, which were inspired by Stanford University, were some of the first work spaces to operate like college campuses. The line between college and workplace will continue to blur as employees desire fluid environments for learning, teaching, and working.

3.  IDEA SHARING

Magnetic spaces are where new ideas come to life. These spaces “buzz” with energy. Centrally located, common spaces with integrated technology, ergonomic furniture, and healthy food offerings serve as a place to refresh, rewind, and ignite the sparks for the next big idea.

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4.  MOVE TOGETHER

A community focused on health and wellness prefers winning as a team on the field, rather than solitary activities like body building in the gym. Moments are devoted to building camaraderie within teams or competing against a neighboring department.

5.  ALL PURPOSE, ALL THE TIME

Today’s techies know purpose-built environments better than anyone. Lobbies, which had been large, empty spaces, now serve as alternative places to meet team members, host clients, touchdown, or grab a coffee. Beyond the lobby, every nook and cranny is a space full of potential.

6.  EXPERIENTIAL DELIGHT

Many tech companies strive to create delightful, inspiring digital experiences for their customers. Physical space, too, can also create such a positive experience.

7.  TELL YOUR STORY

A workplace that tells a story uses space to make an organization’s mission feel real. Incorporating elements to showcase products, experiences, services, values, and people can weave a narrative in which everyone will want to participate.

8.  BALANCING WHERE WE WORK

Settings should reinforce the idea that work is both about collaborating and concentrating. Balance is important. Offering a wide range of spaces for teaming and focusing is critical to efficient work flow, including arriving at the “aha” moments.

9.  BE USER FRIENDLY

“Smart” spaces revolve around mobile technology and easy access to outlets, integrated screens, and rock solid network infrastructures. Tech ready spaces improve digital mobility and accelerate real-time sharing of information among remote users.