San Francisco is one of the biggest and busiest cities in the United States, and it continues to attract businesses. If you are seeking to build a new commercial property or engage in a commercial construction project in San Francisco, it can be useful to know the different design trends for commercial real estate in the city to make your construction project unique and innovative.
- Green and energy efficient construction. California remains one of the most forward-thinking states in the country. Most new businesses and commercial buildings in the San Francisco area are prioritizing green and energy efficient construction, LEED and BCA Green Mark certification, and other environmentally friendly measures. Having a green building can attract tenants because it shows to the public their commitment to the environment, and green construction also often keeps overhead costs down as well.
- Availability and variety of technology. Technologically based companies continue to be one of the fastest growing sectors in San Francisco’s commercial development market. In order to accommodate these kinds of companies, it is important that developers build commercial spaces that can easily accommodate a wide variety of technologies. This especially means leaving space for screens and wiring to be added as needed. It may also require general contractors to work carefully with experienced subcontractors if the building incorporates new or complex technology.
- Flexible and adaptable space. There is high demand in San Francisco for types of buildings – including office buildings and hotels – that require subdivided space to accommodate offices and rooms of different sizes, as well as communal areas. If the developer is not sure what type of business will be moving into the property right away, it is wise to build the space out in such a way that rooms can be added, removed, or shifted as needed.
- Modular construction. This kind of construction, which involves assembling the building off site and then installing it at the construction site, can be an enormous time and money saver for builders and developers. The construction process uses the same materials as on-site building, but by doing much of the work off-site, the process can be more efficient. For projects that need to be put together quickly, modular construction occurs in half the time of a standard construction project.
- Open and aesthetically pleasing spaces. Workers are increasingly objecting to office spaces that have little to no natural light, large pieces of drywall, and cold and uninviting furnishings. Builders and developers need to be aware of this when construction both individual and communal spaces, especially for office buildings. This can be addressed by incorporating more windows and open floor plans that unite the space, allow light to flow more freely, and create a sense of community.
By paying attention to the trends in commercial design in San Francisco, you can more easily create a successful commercial project that will attract tenants and will remain innovative and cutting edge in an increasingly saturated market.