The movie Office Space suggests that every office is alike. And it can probably feel that way much of the time.
You probably have a ready-made checklist of important features your client will care about, whether you’re a landlord rep selling a space or a tenant rep looking for the perfect spot. You’ll consider location, security, transportation options and proximity to amenities, while tenant reps will also try to balance cost efficiency, company image and talent acquisition.
But there’s a big feature that many brokers consider only briefly: internet connectivity. It’s almost an assumption at this point that a business tenant will be able to choose from a number of different internet service providers to get everything set up—and that once connected, service will remain uninterrupted.
In fact, not all buildings are created equal when it comes to internet connectivity. Here are four important features to watch for:
1. A tech-centric layout
Infrastructure matters. A building set up for reliable internet will contain a choice of fiber providers. Having both fixed wireless and fiber connections, along with high-quality cabling that reaches all areas of a building, offers the best internet at the best cost.
The actual layout of a building also contributes to connectivity. Open floor plans are better for Wi-Fi because of fewer physical blockages. Spaces with closed floor plans and long hallways have more difficulty in this regard because walls can block the signal.
2. Connection beyond the cubicle
Collaboration often takes place online, and more and more companies are offering flexible and remote work options. High-capacity, mobile-friendly internet infrastructure allows that to happen via email, video chat and conference calls.
Cell phone use is crucial as well. Tech-forward offices need an in-building wireless solution, such as a Distributed Antenna System, that allows for tenants’ phones to operate properly.
3. A future-proof space
The more technology progresses, the harder it is to predict what a business will need. Office properties need spaces that can grow and evolve while remaining state-of-the-art. Buildings that support multiple Internet Service Providers (ISPs) give tenants the option of choosing the provider that best suits their needs, which can change as they grow.
You may not need it at first, but having options sets you up better in the long run.
4. A backup plan
The internet goes down sometimes. Inclement weather, construction, manhole fires...it happens.
When a building’s infrastructure anticipates those risks it can prevent business tenants from losing connection altogether. For example, having multiple points of entry for fiber cables running into the building provides important redundancy. If one entry point is incapacitated, another can keep the Internet running with little to no disruption.
You should also consider where internet equipment is being stored. This space should be inaccessible to the public and on a floor that would survive a flood.
An easy way to gather connectivity information for clients is to check out the buildings Wired Certification fact sheet. You can search for Wired Certified buildings in your area here.
This guest post was brought to you by WiredScore. Brokers and tenants across the US and the UK rely on Wired Certification ratings to provide them with critical information about the connectivity of buildings.