How to Solve Office Warehouse Space Planning Dilemmas

Have you found yourself contemplating how much office space you truly need? Or, maybe you are curious about trends in office design. The APPRO & CERRON team has compiled some helpful resources to assist you through your next office space planning project. In Part One of this two part series, we focus on the Office Planning portion of these spaces.

In this article, you will learn:

  • Identification of Space Planning Dilemmas
  • Solutions
  • Getting Creative
  • Resources Available


Space Planning Dilemmas

So, let’s first start with what is keeping you up at night. Are your team members crowding into offices or cubicles, and you find yourself scratching your head, trying to figure out where you are going to locate your next new hire? Or, are you on the reverse side of that dilemma – finding yourself with excess office space: private offices that go unused, or cubicles that collect cobwebs? Do you have some traditional office space in your building – private offices around the perimeter, with shared cubicles in the center and are considering a different design configuration? Have you been checking out the “cool office” design pages (e.g. Mpls./St. Paul Business Journal – Cool Offices Page) and wondering if it might be time to address your office space that was designed decades ago?



Trends come and go in design – it is what can make it all so exciting! Yet, there are some tried and true aspects to space planning which transcend current trends. So, let’s start there, and then move onto trends you can incorporate, once your important space planning goals have been established.

calculator.jpgThe first consideration is the minimum amount of space needed for your staff. The following link to a space calculator gives an idea of approximate SF needed per person, per role, in a typical office. You will also need to consider space for common areas like breakrooms, restrooms, and work or file rooms, and meeting spaces like conference rooms. The space calculator is simply a starting point, and selecting an architectural design team, early in the process is an important next step.

According to a recent article published on LinkedIn, “Adding the architect to your leasing team early in the leasing process to develop reliable space requirements (before you begin looking at potential lease spaces) can make all the difference in leasing the proper size and type facility for your company” as stated by J. Edgar “Ned” Fennie Jr., in an article titled, “Office Planning Guidelines: How much space should we really be looking for?” Fennie goes on to state, “Make sure your selected architect understands your culture, business goals and workflow and has the expertise to guide you through the programming process. This will ensure you have an accurate heads-up picture of your space requirements.”

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Additional considerations include site, layout, amenities, and much more. Having a checklist of considerations can be very helpful during the planning process, and can help tremendously during conversations with your design team. Download this free office space planning checklist to learn more. 


Once you have worked out the type of space you need and have set your basic goals and parameters for the space you desire, you may want to also factor in some additional considerations, including design trends, previously mentioned. 


Get creative

If you are not ready to commit to a long term lease, you may want to consider leasing a  short(er) term lease space (e.g. – Apple Valley Executive Suites).

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With more staff working from home, could you make use of shared space?

Shared space vs. private space – more companies are using large collaborative spaces and at the same time, carving out small private meeting spaces.

Check out Forbes magazine, “10 Cool Office Spaces” article for examples of changing spaces and a few fun additions to the office environment. On a similar note, a couple of us from our office recently attended a Valuations seminar by the Minnesota Real Estate Journal, and learned that some offices are installing fun features like ping pong tables and one location, even had a “keg-erator” installed. 


Office Space Planning Examples

Check out some of our recent office projects for ideas:

Grazzini (completed project)
Hearth & Home (completed project)
Midstates (portion complete; ongoing work)
Growing Colors by Gardenworld (ongoing current project)


 Next Steps…

When you have decided how much space you might need, or that you require some assistance in making that determination for your team, contact our design team or our real estate team to start a conversation about your space needs. You may reach our team members at the following:




Commercial Building Remodeling in South Metro MN

APPRO Development, Inc. is well known in the South Metro / South of the River area of Minnesota, as a reputable commercial general contractor with a focus on land development and constructing commercial buildings. We have found over the years, people are sometimes unaware APPRO also is an excellent resource for remodeling existing buildings. Our design and architecture team partnering with our project management team, apply the same expertise on a project from the ground up as we do on a remodel or renovation project.

For many different reasons, an owner decides to stay in the same building, verses than making a move. APPRO can walk an owner through the process to determine available options and to navigate the sometimes daunting process of city approvals, or financing options. We take the same care to provide expert advice on a remodel or renovation project as we do on a new building project when we competitively bid out the project, and provide a detailed proposal to the building owner.

We have been working with Imperial Plastics in the Airlake Industrial Park in Lakeville, which just happens to be around the corner from our home office. This office remodel project has resulted in a state of the art space with striking finishes, creating an inviting space to both visit and work.

Remodel Project by APPRO Development - Imperial Plastics Project

If you are considering making some changes to your building, I invite you to take a look at some more of our current projects to see what we are currently working on in both Minnesota and North Dakota. You may also want to check out our past projects to spark some ideas. Or, maybe you need a new, but existing space to move your business – please consider our sister company, CERRON Commercial Properties, who specializes in existing property sales and leasing.

Finally, if you are still looking for more ideas, feel free to contact our office – we can be reached at 952-469-2171 or by email at We would consider it an honor to help you with your next project.

Happy New Year!

Are You Considering Purchasing Commercial Office Space?

By Dan Huntington

If you are considering purchasing commercial office space, there are a number of things you will want to consider.

First of all, surround yourself with a great team

According to, “As a small business owner, you’re most likely not a commercial real estate expert. That’s why it’s important to surround yourself with the right team of experts. They can help you determine the right time to buy or sell, the right locations to consider, and the nuts and bolts of closing the deal. Here are some of the experts you may consider contacting:

  • Accountant. An accountant can help you figure out what your business can afford and analyze the tax and operating budget benefits.
  • Lawyer. A lawyer can help you complete the transaction, negotiating with the seller and lender on your behalf.
  • Commercial broker. A real estate broker can help you identify potential properties and what you can afford.
  • Mortgage broker. A lender or mortgage broker will help you sort through financing options, from bank loans to those guaranteed by the U.S. Small Business Administration, such as the Certified Development Company (CDC) 504 Program, used to finance primarily real estate or equipment”

Then, Identify the RIGHT Property…Consider the Location, Physical condition, Allowable uses, Limitations on exterior and interior, Adequacy of access and parking, Opportunity for expansion or leasing, and Physical condition (

This is one example of the many listings CERRON Commercial Properties has available for purchase. This property is now available for Sale – buy the entire property or one of three (3) office condos available.

Office space for sale in Burnsville MN

2430, 2434, 2438 117th Street East, Burnsville, MN 55337

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