9 Ways to Save On Energy Expenses in Your Office Rental Space in Kansas City: Paper

According to the Energy Information Administration, if commercial and industrial spaces cut their energy usage by just 10%, they could save the economy a yearly average of nearly $20 billion!  Check out some information on saving energy by going paperless in your office:

Tip #5: Go Paperless

  • The Clean Air Council found that each American uses an average of 650 pounds of paper per year, and America on the whole disposes of enough paper annually to build a 12-foot wall from New York City to Los Angeles!  Help reduce that amount of paper and energy by asking yourself before you print a document or an email: Do I truly need this hard copy?  How long will I actually keep it?  Could I find an accessible place to save it on my computer?
  • Keep any reference guides or employee manuals on a common server or some sort of public hub instead of handing out hard copies.  This can potentially save you a lot of paper, and also ensures that employees will always have access to the most updated versions of these documents.
  • It is impossible to go completely paperless, so make sure that there are accessible recycle bins for employees to dispose of any paper waste.  Consider buying paper with a high percentage of recycled content and refilling ink cartridges instead of pitching them.  Set up printers to print double-sided if possible.

Save some money on paper and help reduce paper waste in general by implementing a few paperless strategies!

If you are looking for commercial real estate in Kansas City for your business, give us a call at 913-685-4100 to find out about our available office space in Kansas City!


Vocabulary to Know When Leasing Kansas City Office Space

One way to be a sharp office space hunter and a savvy lease negotiator is to know the terms associated with this process.  Knowing the names of the different types of rents and fees or different types of spaces and services can help you pinpoint exactly what you are looking for in a commercial space and be able to articulate that to landlords.  Here are a few terms to know:

Hot Building: A building that has more than one Wi-Fi hub, versus having just a single hot spot area of the building.  Because of today’s increased need for wireless technology, a lot of new buildings are being designed as “Hot Buildings” in order to draw in larger businesses and new tenants.

Additional Rent: Costs that a tenant might have to pay for items besides usable square footage or other regular rent costs, such as HVAC, Common Area Maintenance (CAM fees), after-hours services, percentage rent, or any other expenses that are not covered by base rent.

Shadow Market: Vacancies on the commercial space market that are technically “unseen” or “unofficial” spaces that are available because of subleasing and/or extra space that a company has leased but is not actually using.

Knowing about random terms like these before you begin searching and negotiating could help ensure that your business gets exactly what it is looking for in a commercial lease!

Want to talk more about commercial MLS listings in Kansas City and how to start looking for your business’s perfect office space in Kansas City?  Give us a call today at 913-685-4100!


Wiffle Ball Wars Near South Creek Overland Park

If you have been enjoying these winter warm spells and have kids ages 14 and older, think about participating in Wiffle Ball Wars this March!  This event is a fundraiser hosted by the KC Prospects Baseball Team, a high school boys’ team in the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA), and it will be a lot of fun for teenaged baseball and softball players.

The tournament will be a double elimination event.  Trophies will be awarded to first, second, and third places, and souvenir t-shirts will be available for purchase.  The KC Prospects will provide the wiffle balls, but participants will need to bring their own bats.  Since the fundraiser will be an all-day event, concessions will be available.  Tournament space is limited, so get a team together soon (minimum of five players per team)!

Date: Saturday, March 3rd
Time: 8am to 5pm
Location: YMC Challenger Sports Complex, near Hwy. 152 and Platte Purchase Road in Kansas City, North
Cost: $75 per team

To register, call Kim Shopper 816-916-8267 or Steve Waters 913-207-4352, and feel free to email lrupell [at] scotwoodindustries.com if you have any questions.  Sign up deadline is Wednesday, February 29, 2012.

If you want to find out more about community events near Southcreek’s office space in Kansas City, or want to ask any questions about our office lease rates in Overland Park, give us a call at 913-685-4100 and tell us about what you are looking for in your search for commercial rental space!