With vacancy rates in the downtown core rising to 27 per cent, Calgary’s most prestigious office towers offer a unique opportunity for design flexibility, particularly for the city’s growing market: tech firms. From large tech firms occupying multiple floors of a high-rise, to the smallest of start-ups occupying collaborative workspaces, the local rise in this sector is undeniable.
Smith + Andersen leverages decades of experience providing engineering consulting services for office tenant fit-outs in a wide variety of sectors across Calgary. Our flexible yet pragmatic approach provides the same reliable solutions for some of our more traditional commercial clients as it does for non-traditional tech firms. Companies like Absorb Software, Symend, Userful, Avanti, Blacksquare, Replicon, and Benevity are looking at the blank slate provided by local vacancy rates as an opportunity to create some truly unique spaces. Our mechanical and electrical engineers, not to mention local audio-visual design specialists, leverage decades of expertise designing office spaces to collaborate with tech clients and interior designers on the office spaces of the future.
When approaching a new office space in the downtown core, these clients must work with engineering design consultants who understand the unconventional spaces that a tech firm is striving to achieve for employees and visitors. Through efficient mechanical and electrical systems design, tech firms are able to create their dream office, while simultaneously lowering operating costs. While no office is the same, the unique mix of space types within these innovative workplaces has direct implications on the mechanical and electrical design:
Smith + Andersen is proud to support these forward-thinking clients as they make themselves at home in and around the city of Calgary.
For more information on the growing tech industry in Calgary, check out:
Calgary Herald (Sept. 21, 2020): Tech companies moving into the downtown, taking up empty oil and gas space
Betakit (Nov. 29, 2019): Calgary tech companies unite to draw in more entrepreneurial talent
Calgary Herald (Aug. 18, 2020): Local tech sector hosts hiring fair, more than 300 jobs available
Livewire Calgary (Aug. 20, 2020): Calgary tech startup finds niche in lagging COVID real estate market
Calgary Herald (Feb. 20, 2020): Absorb Software a success story for Calgary’s high-tech industry