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Hub International now at corner of King and Germain

77 Germain Street (a.k.a 40 King Street), Saint John

In December of 2017 Hub International were approached by a local business about selling their property on Duke Street Uptown. This created a great opportunity for them to upgrade their location and stay in the Uptown Saint John core.   Hub International Atlantic is a division of Canada’s largest insurance broker,  and specializes in Commercial Insurance, Group Benefits, and Personal Insurance.  According to Neil Josselyn “Our Saint John location has 15+ employees, and we represent every major insurance company in Canada.” Josselyn further explained  “Our team had outgrown our Duke Street location, however we wanted to stay Uptown, and toured a  number of different options.  We decided that the sub-let opportunity on the 5th floor at the corner of King and Germain was the perfect location for us to call our new home.” Locals will know this building as home to many of Saint John’s local economic development agencies including Enterprise Saint John and the Chamber of Commerce.

The top priority in a new space was to get all of their staff on one level, while working in an open concept office environment.   This space on Germain Street  offered this and more.  The space has a modern kitchen, a recently redone office with up-to-date I.T. infrastructure.  However it maintained exposed brick walls and the radiators from the building’s past.  Josselyn went on to say “The location is incredible, offering views of both King Square and Saint John Harbour, all while being across the street from the City Market, and pedway system.”

Stephanie Turner, Partners Global, was the listing agent and also acted as Hub International’s local Tenant Representative in negotiating the sub-lease.

Brunswick House has a new chiller!

The existing chiller was “1960’s vintage so it was time to replace it”. This was no small job. Congrats to all involved and great work by Hemmings House Production for capturing this feat of engineering on video. Includes some cool drone footage!

“Time lapse and aerial film showing set up of a 400 ton mobile crane over weekend of April 17-19, 2015 at Brunswick House, Saint John, NB. The lift of a 13,000 lb chiller to the roof of this 14 story office building was flawless.” Source: YouTube, Commercial Properties Limited

Screenshot 2015-05-20 21.02.58   Screenshot 2015-05-20 21.02.09

Watch the Hemmings House Video THE BIG LIFT HERE

For more information on Brunswick House Click HERE

How do tenants decide which building to take space in?

Price per square foot is a key factor but the financials are often very competitive. The decision to lease in one building versus another is often swayed by physical attributes.

Suite 101, 14 King Street. 1,842 s.f. office.

Tenants want to feel comfortable that the building they are moving to is going to be an asset to their company and that prospective employees will see it as an attractive place to work.  The three key elements are:

  1. Amenities: The “walkability” of our uptown created by the internal pedway system means that most of the amenities that tenants want are nearby.
  2. Aesthetics: Saint John’s inventory of heritage buildings offer the character that many people crave such as high ceilings and exposed brick & beams. “Historic buildings have a unique appeal that new buildings cannot duplicate {on the flip side} new buildings have the long-span, light-filled, flexible footprints and modern common-area finishes that are so attractive. Many buildings built from 1960 to 1990 are caught in-between, and if they remain un-renovated, often feel trapped in time.”
  3. Sustainability.  Only a few of buildings in Saint John are LEED certified.

Read more about what tenants want and the benefits of LEED certified buildings HERE via www.high-profile.com

This is interesting…a visual history of office space

…a brief history of how seating arrangements have reflected our changing attitudes towards work.

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NOTE: This is only one section of the original infographic. To view the original in it’s entirety click HERE

 

Open concept or privates offices?

Are you questioning your open concept office? Are you wondering what the “experts” say on the topic?

A recent article on www.bbc.com called “The victims of open offices are pushing back” stated the following:

“Many people are growing frustrated with the din and distractions of the modern office, where they sit at crowded desks or tables without any physical barriers separating them from their neighbours.”

“The world has put all the focus on collaboration with people thrown in a big room together, but you have to be more thoughtful than that,” said Martha Clarkson, Microsoft’s global workplace strategist. “When you put people in a communal environment, it won’t work if you don’t provide privacy. They need alternative spaces for thinking time, whether it’s focus rooms, lounges, patios or outside walking areas.”

Read the entire article here >>> http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20140911-open-office-victims-push-back

Looking for ideas for creative meeting rooms?

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Image of “Beach Hut” Meeting Room via Atlantic Business Interiors www.atlanticbusinessinteriors.com