As a small business deciding whether to expand or move beyond the co-working space, home office, or tiny office is a big step for any business. When you decide to take that step, you will discover though that finding a location and renovating can be a huge time and financial commitment that’s full of challenges, as well as opportunities. This workshop will prepare you for what lies ahead. You will understand what to look for in a space, how to build your design team, and how to permit and construct your space.
Top 3 Key Takeaways
Goal: Complete your expansion or move on time and on budget.
By the end of this presentation you will:
1. With the help of a broker, know what to look for in a lease and space to meets your needs and lessen the burden to your business. 2. Understand what kind of team you need and what each member can bring to the table. 3. Understand how to engage a broker, architect, and contractor and understand the nuances to time, cost related to getting a construction permitting and build your space.
About Our Presenters:
Sandy Wolf, AIA, LEED AP BD+C Associate, Board & Vellum email@example.com
Ohio native Sandy Wolf earned her dual bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Interior Architecture from Auburn University, and spent her thesis year at the school’s prestigious Rural Studio. Through that design-build program based in rural Alabama, she learned to weld, pour concrete, and “generally tolerate manual labor in the Alabama heat.”
Despite – or possibly thanks to – that experience, her career since has largely focused on urban settings. She relocated to Seattle in 2010, and prior to joining Board & Vellum, served as managing principal at a firm specializing in residential projects ranging from million dollar speculative homes to multifamily apartment buildings. Her résumé also includes designing commercial interiors for a Fortune 500 Company. At Board & Vellum she focuses on the commercial portfolio designing everything from coffee shop to office spaces.
Peter Hiatt Principal/Designated Broker Westlake Associates firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter is a GSBA member and Westlake Associates’ designated broker. He has taken a well-rounded approach to his education and career, earning degrees in architecture, engineering and building construction management and then working in many different aspects of commercial real estate. With his experience in sales, leasing, development and construction, and commercial property ownership, Peter understands the development process as well as the ownership and asset management portion of the business.
Chris Parker, AIA, LEED AP BD+C Associate, Board & Vellum email@example.com
Originally from Hawaii via upstate New York, Chris has lived in Seattle since 2017. He received his Doctorate of Architecture from the University of Hawaii. He is a new member of the GSBA and joined the organization through his attendance to the Young Professionals with Pride events. He is also on the board of Forward Flux Productions.
Chris currently works at Board & Vellum working on a variety of low-rise multifamily, single family, and commercial TI projects and in his 10 year career has worked on a variety of project types, some of which include, retail spaces, cafes, and libraries. He has previously served as the Chair of the US Green Building Council Hawaii Chapter's Green Schools Committee, Communications Chair for the AIA Southern New York Chapter and lectured at Cornell University's Design & Environmental Analysis program. In his spare time, he loves graphic design, urban exploring, cooking local Hawaiian and Filipino food, trying local microbrews and hiking.