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The entitlement process is one of the most critical aspects of your architecture or development project. If you need a variance, conditional use permit, or similar municipal permission, you’ll be required to go through the entitlement process over and above basic permitting.

Typically, architecture projects that start now won’t begin actually digging for several months. It’s important to realize just how long it takes to jump through all the hoops to get your project started in the right way.

One way to ensure that more deals come out on the right side is to involve an architect early in the deal process. Why? Because the best architects will help you lead your commercial real estate clients through the site selection process to ensure the deal gets done.

The warehouse-to-office conversion, currently underway, promises to be one of the year’s most talked about Twin Cities commercial architecture projects.

Like any other business asset, your workspace represents an opportunity to move your business forward. Through the Power of Design, your real estate can help your business thrive.

While every building and workspace is tied to the era in which it was designed, following trends too closely can make a project look dated. We polled the PlanForce staff of Minneapolis architects and interior designers to see which design trends they will be all too happy to see die. Here’s what they had to say:

The Minneapolis-St. Paul commercial real estate market is really competitive right now, with a whopping 1.6 million square feet of new space under construction to meet the growing demand. But not just any space will do. Tenants are focused on specific building amenities to help drive their leasing decisions.

To make the most of your office footprint, create spaces that can be utilized in more than one way and work to get the relationships right between each of the different spaces.

The title on my business card and the sign above the door say that I am a commercial interior designer, and this is certainly true. Some days, however, I am as much of a therapist as a designer.

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