"Dedicated offices and oversized square footage are old news, " states Howard Ecker from Howard Ecker + Co. "Even traditional firms want more open space and flexible configurations. Companies now want space that reflects their culture, their ethos and their values."
Howard has 45 years in the commercial real estate industry and fortunately passes along a great deal of his experience and knowledge on to me. What does your office culture say about your company and culture? Work-life balance is paramount in maintaining your successful and productive work force as well as in recruiting new employees.
Do you know what terms such as 'thinking smaller', playing 'musical chairs', 'what is old is new again' mean? Please contact me to help you gain insight on the top 5 trends that are gaining momentum in the workplace now.
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We have created an e-petition to voice our concerns to the RTD staff and Board. We need your help right now. Will you please add your name to the list? It takes 5 seconds. Please keep reading if you would like more information about this important issue.
Whether you live, work or play in LoDo, this WILL effect you. RTD is moving through its public hearing process to reroute the 0 & 15 and create stops for the FreeMetroRide. The City predicts the amount of traffic on 18th Street will go from a current load of 464 in the evening to 695 – a significant portion of this comes from the bus traffic that will quite literally rattle many buildings.
To better explain my current position, I’m a resident in the IceHouse and part of a LoDo community coalition and we are trying to gain support from other neighbors, stakeholders, businesses and friends in the area. We are asking for support for equitable routing of RTD bus traffic through LoDo. RTD is currently planning to route numerous buses from Union Station, directly next to our building/parking garage and down 18th Street.
Recently, I sent out the following notice to many of my friends, neighbors, and the LoDoNA Board of Directors (please feel free to copy and pass along to your network):
We have created an e-petition to voice our concerns to the RTD staff and Board. We need your help right now. Will you please add your name to the list? It takes 5 seconds.
Upon hitting ‘sign’ on the change.org website the wording in the boxed text will be automatically sent to the RTD Board and Staff that will approve or disapprove the route changes.
We are excited that downtown Denver and LoDo continue to be revitalized and experience great new development. The 2 new Union Station wing buildings and redevelopment of Union Station will significantly increase the traffic along 18th and Wynkoop alone. With bus traffic also increasing, we are afraid that our neighborhood will become unbearably congested with additional noise and air pollution. I’m sure that you’ve experienced Rockies traffic in LoDo. Well, RTD has not researched the issue enough and we feel that RTD is not prepared for the problems that will arise. It makes sense to us that more buses can be routed out of LoDo through newer infrastructure via Chestnut vs the historical area of downtown.
We’ve attended the hearings to date and heard all sorts of political explanations as to why other streets can’t take these routes or at least share the burden. This is traffic that LoDo is not used to having on our narrow streets. Some of the parking will be decreased along these areas as well. This is our next best step and we truly appreciate your time and help.
Kirstan, Concerned LoDo Resident
PLEASE SIGN NOW IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY. The longer URL version: https://www.change.org/petitions/18th-street-coalition-for-equitable-routing-of-rtd-bus-traffic-through-lower-downtown-denver?share_id=kmTznsWPJv&utm_campaign=mailto_link&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition
There is actually a council that determines this and architects strive for the title. Earlier this month the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) made headlines confirming One World Trade Center's 1,776-foot height. The announcement has One World Trade Center among the top 3 tallest buildings in the world. Here's a great rendering comparing the tallest buildings in the world.
Last week, Howard Ecker, founder of Howard Ecker + Company, talked about the actual business value of being based in the continent’s tallest building on Broker Savant. Howard states that “An iconic building gives you cache.”
We definitely could use more iconic buildings here in Denver. Right now, our most notable are Republic Plaza, 1801 California St (can we get a better name on this one?), the cash register building (also known as Wells Fargo Financial Center), and the Four Seasons Hotel & Private Residences Denver. Found this by Emporis, as it relates to our tallest buildings.
In case you're wondering, (from the CTBUH recent article), the Council measures the height of buildings in three categories:
1. Height to Architectural Top
Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the architectural top of the building, including spires, but not including antennae, signage, flag poles or other functional-technical equipment. This measurement is the most widely utilized and is employed to define the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat rankings of the "World's Tallest Buildings."
2. Highest Occupied Floor
Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the finished floor level of the highest occupied6 floor within the building.
3. Height to Tip
Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the highest point of the building, irrespective of material or function of the highest element (i.e., including antennae, flagpoles, signage and other functional-technical equipment).
The above list might make better sense if you read the entire article...
As many of you know, I serve on the Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association Board of Directors. We are holding a special fundraising social on Monday, Dec 2nd to raise funds for one of our cultural art displays that is need of funds for maintenance and repairs. The invitation is below and we would love your support if you are able to join us. Even if you are not able to join us, you may still donate (any amount is appreciated and helps) through our event website.
The pedestrian steel railroad bridge is located at 14th and Wynkoop, crosses over Cherry Creek and connects the Auraria area to LoDo. Many of you may have seen the light display walking in the evening to or from our neighborhood playground, the Pepsi Center, or riding your bike, etc. The bridge has great historical value and was saved by our neighbors and famous city preservationists. It is named after our current 95 year old neighbor Manny Salzman who has also been a long term investor in preserving LoDo's fabulous buildings.
Diane Huntress raised initial funds prior to 2007 and helped develop the LoDo Lights project. Hope to see you there!
Small Business Computing recently talked with Howard Ecker, president and CEO of Howard Ecker + Company about the risks that small businesses take if they do not work with their own representation in leasing their office space...
Lease and rent expenditures often represent an enormous financial commitment for small businesses. Unfortunately, unless commercial real estate is your core business, you may end up overpaying or not getting what you really need.
"If a business owner walks into the building directly, he's talking to the broker who represents the landlord. The broker's trying to get the best deal for the landlord, not for the tenant," says Howard Ecker, president and CEO of Howard Ecker + Company. Ecker is a 40-year veteran of the commercial real estate industry and an expert in representing startups.
To help you avoid potential headaches down the road, Ecker offers these small business tips on getting the right digs.
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Welcome to my journey. My name is Kirstan Marks and I'm a thirty-something woman, a Denver Realtor, and business owner who moved from the suburbs to the city of Denver. It's a change of pace, a change of lifestyle, and a definite move for the better! Currently, I specialize in commercial leasing, specifically tenant representation with Howard Ecker + Co.
To connect with me, email me at kmarks@TopDenverAgent.com. To search for a new home in the Denver metro area, please visit here .
Disclaimer: Regarding information throughout this blog that may appear to be advice - be sure to consult with your own qualified CPA and/or attorney concerning any legal matter.
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