Are you thinking about building your own office space? Are you tired of being unable to find suitable real estate in your area? Contracting an office building is a big step for a company. Here are some tips to help make the entire process work for your business: Make sure your architect knows your business: An architect can design a perfectly functional building for you, without knowing your line of business, but it may not be the optimum configuration. If you’re a technology company, for example, you’ll need to make sure that the blueprints include ample electrical and networking cable outlets for all your employees. It’s much easier to include the networking cable plans now so that they can be installed along with the rest of the electrical construction work. Having to hire an electrician to pull networking cable through the walls to an overlooked office space could add significantly to your construction costs. Plan for company growth: Make sure that all your contractors are on the same page, as far as potential company growth is concerned. While you may have sufficient power outlets installed during the electrical construction phase, you’ll also need to make sure that your heating and cooling systems are adequate for the task. Although you may only have 100 employees now, for example, 200 or 300 more employees in the same building can raise cooling costs in the summer and lower heating costs in the winter because of excess body heat. Making sure that your building is prepared to handle these fluctuations will help to avoid costly heating and cooling repair bills in the future. Ask your architect about convertible rooms: If you have a large influx of temporary holiday workers, you’ll obviously need somewhere to put them. However, you may not want obviously empty office space sitting around during the remainder of the year. Ask your architect to add several conference rooms that can be quickly converted into offices or break rooms. Excess outlets can be installed during the electrical construction and concealed behind decorative wall panels by the carpenters who are working on the building. Poll your employees: Obviously, you aren’t the only one who will have to work in the building. While you don’t have to take every idea or opinion seriously, you should consider listening to some of them. If your office building is going to have multiple floors that serve identical functions, you should make sure that each floor can set their own ideal temperature. Instead of having employees bicker about the thermostat, consider allowing employees to move to whatever floor is best suited to their temperature needs. Having your employees be comfortable can help raise their productivity, especially if none of them are forced to...