Commercial real estate is a tough business, especially amid a recession. But that didn’t keep Summit Realty Group, a member of the Cushman Wakefield Alliance, from buying and renovating a historic building and moving 47 employees. The firm moved from a tower to 12,960 SF on the top two floors of a 1909 structure.
Working every day in the real estate industry, Summit’s brokers understand the importance of smooth and efficient moves. The principals called on the expertise of RSI for help. We provided comprehensive move management for this project, including budgeting, furniture inventory, vendor coordination, move bids and sequencing, coded floor plans, hanging signs, furniture labeling and move.
As we do for all clients, we helped Summit maximize its furniture budget while ensuring the best aesthetic results. We provided data that helped Summit make decisions on whether to reuse, buy new or buy pre-owned workstations. When Summit decided to buy new, we wrote the Request for Proposal, orchestrated showroom tours and oversaw the smooth installation for 45 workstations. We also found a buyer for some of the old workstations and donated the remainder to charities. This was important not only from a cost-savings perspective, but also to fulfill requirements for diverting unused furnishings from a landfill because Summit is pursuing LEED certification for the building.
The move occurred over a weekend, which isn’t unusual; however, what was a bit unusual was the historic building’s lack of a loading dock and small elevator cabs. Those two facts required an additional level of delivery and furniture coordination during the move.
“Many of our brokers have recommended Relocation Strategies, Inc. to clients making office moves, so they seemed a natural fit when we needed help. They understand the importance of tactical, high-performance teams. They do a great job.”
Bill Ehret, SIOR, CEO and co-founder of Summit Realty Group