Key Factors to Consider When Upgrading to a Class A Office Space

Class A office buildings are the crème de la crème of professional office spaces. When compared to Class B or Class C office buildings, they are several steps up in nearly every way, and you’ll know a Class A office when you see one.

Not only are they located in prime districts and popular locales, but they also come equipped with top-of-the-line finishes and amenities.

Taken together, these buildings command high rental rates and attract big-name tenants. Their sophistication, wow-factor and distinguishing features make them impressive not only to the office employees who work there on a daily basis, but also to visiting clients who are sure to experience a good first impression when they come for a business meeting.

How to Upgrade a Class B Office to Class A

Considering that South Florida is experiencing a surge in demand for office space, a cost-effective way to achieve Class A status is to upgrade an existing Class B building.

To achieve Class A status, here are some construction considerations to take into account:

  • HVAC upgrades – an efficient system can reduce energy expenses, maintain consistent indoor comfort and improve air quality.
  • Expand elevator capacity – not only may you need more elevators, you will also want the latest in elevator systems.
  • High-end finishes – details matter. Opt for the best in material goods and finishes.
  • Security and technology capabilities – invest in state-of-the-art technology and equipment.
  • Increase amenities – ensure space for concierge services, security staff, a fitness center, lounges, dining opportunities, childcare, and other amenities important to your employees.
  • Evaluate parking – adequate parking is a must. Valet services should also be considered.

Even though upgrading an office to Class A is a significant investment, but in turn you will attract the best-of-the-best when it comes to tenants and be able to maximize your return. For questions about upgrading buildings in South Florida and the state of the current market, please get in touch with our team at Seacoast Construction.


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