Looking Beyond the Current Tenant

03 September, 2020

3 Flexible Design Features That Create Opportunity for a Property’s Future Reuse

Sites are more likely to succeed over time if they are positioned to adapt to change. During design, there are layout and building options that better prepare owners for changes in use and make the site more attractive to future buyers or tenants.

Here are three examples of flexible design options that accommodate different future uses, reduce redevelopment construction costs, and ultimately, increase property value.

Adaptable Building Features That Lead to a Smoother Conversion

At the Ashburn Crossing data center complex in Ashburn, VA, Bohler looked beyond the site’s current use as a data center and identified an opportunity to design for its potential future use as a distribution center. The design team incorporated recessed loading docks on each building, easing the grade and minimizing earthwork costs. Though the loading docks are not used by the data center, the adaptable building feature makes the site more appealing to future tenants or buyers because it can function as a distribution center.

Utilities Designed for Maximum Density

With the clock ticking to obtain approvals and get UBS Arena construction underway in Elmont, NY, the design team worked with an evolving site layout. The development will eventually include a hotel, office space, and retail buildings that will tie into the arena’s utility infrastructure. Without knowing the specifics of these future components, Bohler designed for maximum density. This move future-proofed the utility plan, giving the developer flexibility in selecting future tenants.

Parking Fields Designed for Simple Restriping

Bohler’s parking design at Summit Medical’s MD Anderson Cancer Center in Florham Park, NJ provided the standard parking required, while allowing for the area to be restriped for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) spaces in the future. The parking lot was graded to ADA specifications, yet striped as standard, so that the owner could easily add ADA spots, if needed. This design consideration avoids what otherwise would be a costly redesign and pavement improvement plan to accommodate the standards.

These three examples show the opportunity created in looking beyond the current tenant and use. In considering a site’s future potential, design teams can help to increase a property’s value over time with creative and adaptive layout solutions that allow for future flexibility.

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