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How are Commercial Office Buildings Classified?

No matter what class your building falls under, BE Builds has the years of expertise and resources available to upgrade your commercial office building in NJ. However, it first helps to understand how your building is classified, so you can better understand the types of construction services you will need for your commercial office buildout project. Here’s a brief guide to the different classes of commercial office buildings, what these classifications mean, and why they’re important.

Why Building Classifications Matter

The process of classifying your commercial space focuses on factors like the age of the building, the amenities offered, location, design aesthetic, and infrastructure. This information is used by commercial real estate brokers to determine how much a space should be rented out for and other elements of the lease agreement. It is also an important factor in determining what upgrades should be prioritized and how this could impact future classification and rentals.

Class A Office Buildings

These are first-class office spaces that offer the best of everything, from high-efficiency HVAC and state-of-the-art tech infrastructure to high-end fixtures. They are usually located in the most desirable areas within the central business district and have a strong architectural presence. Usually high-rise buildings, Class A office buildings offer impressive amenities like elegant reception areas, dining spaces, retail spaces, and more. As a result, leasing space in these buildings is expensive and competitive, and tenant concessions are rare because these spaces are so sought-after.

Upgrades and office buildouts in these buildings have to be approved by building management. There are usually strict rules about every aspect of the build, from mitigating inconvenience to other tenants, right down to the quality of the final finishes and aesthetic. All projects will not only have to support your brand and business, but also the factors that support the Class A classification of the building, so it’s essential to have a commercial construction services partner who can work effectively within these regulations and deliver a world-class result.

Class B Office Buildings

Class B commercial properties usually offer the best value for businesses, offering a mix of decent amenities and infrastructure without the high price tag of Class A buildings. Usually described as average to above average, these buildings offer functionality, space, and good aesthetics without architectural wow-factors or exceptional tech innovations. They are also usually located outside of central business districts or in busy suburban areas and tend to be fewer than four stories in height.

As a result, leases tend to reflect more reasonable market rates and greater flexibility for tenants, especially in terms of negotiating office buildouts, rentals, or consent to sublease.
Class B buildings are usually older, which isn’t always a bad thing if they’ve been built well and looked after properly. It usually means that your office buildout has to address more than simple aesthetic changes and that you need to consider tech upgrades, equipment upgrades, lighting, electrical wiring, and more to get the end result you’re after.

When looking at an office buildout in a Class B building, it’s important to have a commercial construction services partner who can properly evaluate your space for wear-and-tear, as well as deliver a result that effectively modernizes your office space for functionality and to reflect your brand’s unique aesthetic.

Class C Office Buildings

These are the third-tier office buildings on the market. They are usually at least 20 years old, are located in not-so-desirable areas, have fewer amenities, and require major repairs and construction overhauls. As a result, the leases are usually aimed at small businesses and carry a low rent.

If you are considering a Class C commercial space, it’s essential that you have space properly evaluated to get a comprehensive idea of the extent of the project, which can be significant – and costly. With the right approach, Class C buildings with potential can be upgraded to Class B, but their age and location usually prevent an upgrade to Class A.

Upgrading a Class C office space can be an opportunity to create a beautiful office space at a very competitive rate. With the right office building construction services partner, it can be done in a cost-effective way that delivers the facilities, appearance, and amenities needed to support your growing business.

Finding the Right Office Building Construction Partner in NJ

BE Builds is an established office building construction company with over 20 years experience in the New Jersey area. Our projects are diverse, ranging from high-end office buildouts in central business districts to complete transformations of older spaces into vibrant, affordable business hubs. Contact us today and find out how our office construction team in NJ can deliver the space your business is looking for.

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Ways to Maximize Health in Your Office Buildout

One positive outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic is that there is a renewed sense of importance placed on office hygiene and safety that starts at the very beginning of the office design and construction process. Many industry experts are evaluating popular layouts like the Open Plan Office and figuring out how to make these layouts work safely and successfully in a post-COVID-19 workplace. Here are some ways in which our office contractors at BE Builds can construct a commercial office space that maximizes the health of your valued employees.

A Healthy Workplace – Old Concept, New Ideas

First, it’s important to note that a healthy office is not anything new. Over the last decade at least, we’ve seen a significant emphasis on making wellness a focus for the workplace, from a biophilic design that keeps occupants in touch with the benefits of nature and the maximization of natural lighting to work in partnership with our circadian rhythms, to ergonomic furnishings and corporate programs that support physical and mental health. And it’s an approach that simply makes sense – healthier employees are happier, more satisfied, more engaged, take less time off for illness, and are more productive – making a healthy workplace a real investment with significant ROI1 .

COVID-19 has simply fast-tracked and evolved an office design process that is already an important focus – transforming the workplace into a space that offers optimal efficiency and productivity through safety and wellness. Here’s how office construction post-COVID-19 looks.

#1 – A Breath of Fresh Air

Disease and health specialists2 agree that the best way to prevent the transmission of germs and viruses is to increase ventilation, and therefore the volume of air through our buildings. By bringing in more fresh, clean air more frequently, either through the installation of high-efficiency purifying HVAC systems or the simple act of opening up doors and windows (based on season and outdoor air pollution), the concentration of harmful elements in the air is greatly reduced. And this isn’t just sensible for our current times – it’s an effective way of reducing pollutants, allergens, and those pesky seasonal germs and viruses that steal away $10.4 billion3 in medical expenses and $9 billion4 in lost productivity each year.

#2 – A Little Bit of Nature, Naturally

As mentioned, biophilic5 design plays a significant role in mental and physical wellness – one that is more impressive than such a simple concept would first suggest. Essentially, it’s all about bringing nature into the workspace in a way that suits your brand, your office layout, and design. Elements such as living walls of oxygen-producing greenery, glass wall partitions that allow natural light to penetrate throughout a space, garden-based break spaces for informal meetings and lunch hours, and the use of raw natural materials all work together to create an environment primed for supporting health.

Studies have demonstrated how more natural surroundings help reduce stress and high blood pressure, better control blood sugar levels, balance hormone activity, promote better sleep and serotonin levels, and boost the immune system, helping us work more efficiently, with more focus and fewer sick days.

#3 – Reduced Cross-Contamination

Touching a surface that others have touched is an established health risk, whether it’s sharing keyboards and furniture at hot-desking workstations or touching the same door handles repeatedly throughout the day. New office design concepts that bring together elements of flow and spacing, as well as innovative engineering help reduce this type of cross-contamination where germs and viruses can thrive. From easily sanitized furniture that can be wiped down quickly without damaging the materials and sanitizing stations to doorless bathrooms and touchless office entry systems, we can work to significantly reduce this risk throughout the workday.

#4 – Flexible Design for Flexible Times

Many businesses are reimagining how their office spaces will be used in a post-COVID world, weighing between the relatively low-health risk environment of working from home and the established benefits of team collaboration when working in an office environment. What makes the most sense is to create a successful hybrid. A flexible workspace is all about a conscious and thoughtfully designed office buildout that brings together the best of both worlds for employers and employees and involves a push towards another trend that was already gaining ground in many industries.

This evolved hub-and-spoke design offers many employees a sense of autonomy, as well as a more effective work-life balance, which is better for individual health, wellbeing, and engagement. At the same time, it allows businesses to restructure to new locations, reduce office square footage and prioritize specific in-office functions and processes while supporting employee health and safety. Our office designs that focus on a flexible workplace include transitions to multiple smaller locations, designing spaces according to specific functions or processes (multi-use spaces, hotdesking spaces, and collaborative spaces), and designing specifically for the needs of the new hybrid workforce.

Healthier Workspace Design for Post-COVID Productivity

Health and safety in office construction have always been a priority, but COVID-19 has given it an entirely new focus – one that goes the extra mile to adapt to a new, flexible workforce and supports productivity and engagement on a holistic level. BE Builds offers an end-to-end design, furnishing, and office buildout service that focuses on what your business needs from a space in order to thrive. Contact us today or visit our website to find out how our team can deliver the exceptional for your business in New Jersey:

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Cost Factors to Consider for Your Commercial Office Buildout

Whether you’re opening a single office location or planning many, the cost of a commercial buildout is arguably the most critical concern to address when getting started. The cost of an office buildout will vary depending on the age and type of building systems, existing conditions of the space, the type of business occupying the space, local permitting requirements, the quality and types of materials being used, just to name a few. Here, we will take a look at the major cost factors to consider before construction begins on your new commercial office space.

#1 – Building Space Type

The first factor to consider is the building and space you are planning to remodel. These are generally categorized into two types by the office construction services industry – second-generation (second-gen) spaces and shell spaces.

Second-gen spaces are the most common, as they’re spaces that have been used for business before by a previous tenant. Typically, these spaces are more affordable to build out because the basic structure of the space is already suitable, and work mostly focuses on updating older features, implementing visual changes to make it reflect your brand more accurately, and some updates to plumbing, communications, and electrical systems. One factor that can increase these costs significantly is the age and condition of the building itself, with prices and project scope increasing according to how out-of-date the building is.

Shell spaces tend to be more costly to build out, as they are new spaces that haven’t been utilized before. While you have the advantage of being the first tenants and setting up everything exactly how you like it, the project itself is usually more complex and time-intensive. Also called capital improvement projects, building out a shell space involves major aesthetic, structural and infrastructure changes in order to create a completely custom space.

#2 – The Size of the Commercial Space

Bigger spaces are usually more costly to create, although you do gain the benefits of economy of scale by leveraging wholesale buying of materials, furniture, and so forth. In larger-scale projects, it is important to work with a partner who can properly manage this, balancing fixed costs like labor against discounts for bulk supplies to lower the project’s cost per square foot.

#3 – Layout, Amenities, and Intended Use

The more complexity and customization in your design concept, the more expensive the buildout is going to be – and the sky’s the limit here. While the amenities of, say, the Google campus are renowned as an exceptional workplace, it’s simply not achievable for the vast majority of businesses. This is where prioritizing certain aspects of a project becomes key in controlling and managing costs effectively, while delivering a space that is enjoyable to use, functional and impressive to clients. For example, a high-end café and break space for employees is going to carry significant costs in terms of equipment, furnishings, and design, as will a state-of-the-art conferencing space.

Office layout can also affect price, with private office spaces costing more per square foot than open-concept spaces. Your office construction services partner is invaluable not only in terms of laying out the costs per square foot of your project, but also in developing more flexible, creative, and cost-effective solutions that can deliver a completed space. One that matches your brand’s values and goals without overreaching on budget.

#4 – Quality of Materials

Quality comes at a price, and it’s up to each client to decide where their value point lies. However, it’s important to evaluate different materials and furnishings thoroughly to find those that are functional, aesthetically pleasing, and durable for your space – the aim is to land on great value, not cheapness. Simply choosing the materials that cost the least is not going to save as much as many people think. Not only can it result in a space that doesn’t present business accurately to clients and employees, but it also tends to wear faster, break more often and have a shorter lifetime, costing you more in the long run.

General Estimates for NJ Commercial Office Buildouts by BE Builds

As you can see, many different factors influence the ultimate cost of an office buildout. As a general guideline, however, you can expect to budget for your buildout as follows:

  • A low-range buildout can cost $50-$80 per square foot
  • A mid-range buildout can be between $80-$135 per square foot
  • A high-end buildout can be from $130-$200 and upwards per square foot

As an experienced office construction services provider, BE Builds understands the challenges today’s businesses face in terms of designing and creating a functional, brand-centric commercial space that supports business growth. With decades of industry experience behind us and an end-to-end offering that takes each project from design through construction, we leverage our resources to ensure every client gets a custom office design that works for their business, industry, and budget. To find out more about our commercial office buildout services, contact us today or visit our website at:

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How to Best Manage Timelines for Your Office Buildout

Office buildouts can be fairly complex projects, with multiple elements coming together in a set sequence in order to deliver a workspace on time and on budget. From signing the lease and designing the space, to the different elements of an office fit-out and, finally, the office move itself, it’s all about effective timeline management. The team at BE Builds has delivered exceptional quality, custom office fit-outs for many years, and we understand the stress that comes with this type of project. Here’s our guide on how to best manage these timelines.

Step #1 – Design

As soon as you have access to the space, it’s time to get office architects onsite to get a feel for the property. After assessing the location, they should have a sound understanding of what you want to achieve with the finished result, and what’s feasible within the space and budget.

This kicks off the design process that’s fundamental to realizing a truly productive workspace that represents your brand, is functional for your teams (especially in a more flexible post-COVID work environment), and is suited to your industry.

Step #2 – Permits and Planning Permissions

Once you have settled on your design, your office buildout team should move onto getting the planning permission and permits that your project requires. This is dependent on your city’s building department, so it is difficult to give an exact amount of time that this stage will take. For that reason, it’s a good idea to move on to steps 3 and 4 as soon as your applications are in, so that the project is ready to hit the ground running when permits are granted.

Step #3 – Furnishings, Features and Fixtures

This is the nuts and bolts stage where you start choosing what products and materials will be used in the office space. This includes everything from IT infrastructure, lighting and environmental controls to walls, storage, seating and desks. You should have a clear idea of the color scheme, what each department requires, and how this will fit into the overall setup.

Remember, many of the furnishings like desks, cabinetry, seating and reception furnishings will only be installed in the final stages of the project, so it’s best to set a delivery date that aligns with the timeframe for your project.

When selecting materials and furnishings, it’s recommended that you don’t just consider your budget, overall aesthetic or ergonomic design. In addition, it’s important to consider materials that will withstand rigorous, frequent sanitization, and products made without toxic elements such as formaldehyde, which is common in poor quality office furnishings1 .

Step #4 – Select a Contractor

For this step to work, the plans for your office buildout must have been finalized, as these are pivotal to costing out the project. As long as they are final, you can start collecting bids from contractors. When selecting contractors, it’s important that you use someone with sufficient, relevant experience backed up by client testimonials. They should be licensed, insured and bonded2 for the state that the work is to be completed in, and also ensure that your project will be completed within your expected timeframe.

Once you’ve hired a contractor, they will be able to give you a clear timeline for their work, including key milestones, as well as a final handover date. It is very important to understand these milestones and to note if your contractor is hitting them on time or not, as this can cause costly delays. It can also impact other aspects of the fit-out, including furniture delivery and subcontractor work.

Step #5 – Planning Your Office Move

Now is the time to start planning and coordinating your move from your old office into your new space if you haven’t done so already. Depending on the size of your office and the complexity of your move, this can take 3-6 months of planning3 .

In addition, start taking regular walkthroughs of your new office space with your contractor as work reaches completion. Inspect all work and write down any issues that need to be repaired or changed on your punch list, so that your contractor can do this work before your moving date, while the team is still onsite.

Take a Load Off – Leave Your Office Fit-Out in the Hands of Our Office Construction Services Team!

Of course, the easiest way to relieve the administrative burden of your office buildout is to utilize a team who can be trusted to handle it all for you. BE Builds is a full-service office construction services team based in New Jersey. With successful projects all across the tristate area, we work with each client to manage every aspect of the project, using our team to design, construct and furnish your new workspace.

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Do You Know What Your Office Furniture is Made of?

The average office worker in the USA spends up to 15 hours a day sitting in an office chair at a desk or cubicle, whether that office furniture is at home or in a workplace. And while the issue of how sitting affects our health is a very important one,  few people are aware of the health risks associated with what we’re sitting on. What are our chairs, desks and flooring made of? How are they fixed together? What chemicals have been used in their construction? And are they creating opportunities for COVID-19 and other viruses to live and transfer onto other individuals? What we’re really asking is, is our office furniture safe?

Why do Office Furniture Materials Matter?

When we’re looking at office furniture quality, it used to be that we’d look at construction quality, ergonomics, and cost. Now, those factors haven’t fallen by the wayside – they’re just as important as ever – but you need to add one more to the mix: materials.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how easy it is to transfer bacteria and viruses to other people in our environment in a way that hasn’t really resonated with the public before. After all, we all read the report saying that our computer keyboards are covered with more bacteria than the average toilet seat, but exactly how many of us have really taken steps to properly clean and sanitize everyday office items? That’s what I thought.

COVID-19 is a completely different beast, one that has changed our lives in ways we could not imagine before, and that includes making our offices and workplaces exceptionally hygienic. Office furniture materials play a vital role in creating a safe and healthy workspace. This is because the virus can live on surfaces for a long time, with some materials like stainless steel and plastic preserving the virus for up to 72 hours, and cardboard and porous fabrics for up to 24 hours. 

And we’re just talking about one virus here. Substandard office furniture also carried other health risks, including toxic oil-based finishes, formaldehyde and lead paint. Chrome furniture can release chromium VI, a recognized carcinogen that impacted workers during the manufacturing process, also pollutes groundwater and contaminates soil. These chemicals and products may sound frightening, but the reality is that they are everywhere, especially in the particleboard, medium-density fiberboard, cheap dyes, paints and plastics in low-quality office furniture, dividing walls and ceilings.

Healthy Offices Need Quality Office Furniture and Regular Sanitization

The answer to a healthy office means bringing three elements together:

  • High-Quality Office Furniture – Choosing office furniture of high quality, specifically investing in non-toxic office furniture that meets ANSI and BIFMA standards, immediately eliminates certain toxic elements from your workspace.
  • Green Office Installation – Think past your office furniture to your walls, carpeting and ceilings. Choose low-VOC, eco-friendly paints, non-toxic wall systems, structural elements that can be thoroughly and easily sanitized, and air purification systems to help remove viruses, allergens and pollutants from the air.
  • Regular sanitization – It’s also best to consider items that are easy to clean and sanitize on a daily basis. Some items are already made from antibacterial materials to help support your clean, healthy environment. Everything in your workplace, from your walls and flooring to reception surfaces, desks, chairs and communal spaces, needs to be able to withstand regular sanitization – and still look great!

BE Furniture – Making Office Spaces Healthy and Productive

At BE, we’ve always been passionate about empowering our clients and helping them to make the best decisions for their office space and their budget. Our goal is to create a space that is as healthy and functional as it is productive, placing an emphasis on office furniture quality to ensure your furnishings are both safe and durable. Contact us today about our office furniture installation services, and find out how our team will go the extra mile to create a post-COVID workspace that helps your business grow and thrive. Don’t settle for less – we don’t!

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The 3 Most Common Office Build-outs

When it comes to office design, form follows function! It’s all about creating a space that streamlines everyday business activities, aligns with your industry and supports the growth of your brand. COVID-19 may have thrown a wrench into the mix, but there’s still plenty of good reasons why the most common office build-outs are still being used today – although they are evolving to meet the needs of a changing work environment.

The team at BE Builds has decades of experience in the commercial office design and construction industry, assisting businesses in all sectors to develop bespoke, productivity-focused work environments. We’ve put together a quick guide of the most common office build-outs to help guide your office design strategy in a post-COVID work environment.

#1 – The Collaborative Design

Working together – it’s what we do best. We’re social beings and our interactions, conversations and collaborations form the foundation of almost every great business idea, feeding our productivity and drive to succeed. If you want a workspace that promotes engagement, innovation and productive collaboration, this flexible and multi-function design sets the standard.

Characteristics of collaborative office designs

  • Several different office spaces or zones differentiated by function or task, including large and small meeting rooms, brainstorming zones, team spaces and private workspaces.
  • Furniture and office design is usually modular, enabling people to join in and work together as needed. People can move in and out of different zones as their tasks change through the day or week. This is especially important as workplace flexibility trends gain ground1, allowing employees to work in a highly-productive space for collaborative tasks, meetings and networking away from distraction-heavy home environments.
  • Lower distraction levels, as different groups or individuals can move to different spaces as work tasks dictate.
  • Reduced costs, as organizational footprints can be reduced to highly-functional spaces that support flexible work environments, reducing square footage and operational costs while improving productivity. This is key in the evolving hub-and-spoke office design2.


  • It’s easy to communicate over both formal and informal channels, making communication quick and easy, while promoting transparency and sharing of ideas.
  • There is a decent level of privacy as walls are used to create spaces for collaboration, as well as spaces for individual tasks.
  • It promotes a strong company culture and sense of togetherness, as well as a group focus on shared goals. This is especially critical as businesses develop a balance between the realities of a remote working team and the undeniable need for an office environment. In fact, this is one of the most-cited reasons for employees wanting to return back to the office3.
  • It’s easy to change and modify this agile environment, shifting walls and furniture to create new spaces as tasks demand for collaboration and remote employee support without wasting space or resources.


  • Not the most affordable office design.
  • Shared spaces need strong hygiene protocols.

#2 – The Open Plan Design

Open plan offices have been with us for many decades, usually in the form of large, shared spaces made up of cubicles and workstations, and limited private offices. It’s a favorite for many businesses because it allows quick, clear communication, easy supervision and a fairly affordable design.

Characteristics of open office designs

  • Modular, one-size-fits all workstations and cubicles
  • Limited private offices/private spaces
  • Few walls
  • Lower construction and design costs
  • High employee density


  • Plenty of natural light filters into the space due to the lack of walls. This can be enhanced with the use of glass architectural walls, saving energy costs and supporting employee wellness4.
  • Easy, quick communication between teams and colleagues, providing support for teamwork, collaboration and rapid decision-making.
  • Exceptional affordability in terms of design and square footage required, especially when working with large groups of employees. This space is also easily adaptable to new functions as they arise, and can be transformed into zones for different departments, multi-use areas and meeting spaces in order to support a flexible work environment.
  • Employees are accessible, easy to supervise and there’s increased transparency.


  • The right strategic office design is necessary to ensure that open plan offices are productive, streamlined, functional and quiet. While the design is simple, it is easy to get it wrong if you don’t have an office construction company who understands your business and the demands of a post-COVID work environment.

#3 – The Private Office Design

Private offices are usually viewed as prime office space since they have a long and prestigious history of being traditional. Here, privacy is everything, and this design supports quiet, focused work and the ability to handle sensitive matters effectively. While this design has a lot to offer, it tends to represent a bygone era. This is because it doesn’t effectively align with many modern business environments where collaboration, innovation and teamwork are critical to growth and success.

Characteristics of private office designs

  • This design usually takes the format of private offices and conference rooms set along the windows of the space. Often, there are small, open plan spaces set aside for the specific use of different departments.
  • Privacy is prioritized over communication, allowing people to deal with sensitive tasks and information.
  • These are quiet office spaces where distraction is minimal.


  • It’s easy to have private client meetings or to handle private matters – for example, if you are working in a law firm.
  • There are very few distractions, allowing people to focus on their tasks and improving productivity.
  • Private offices convey prestige and power, which many employees covet. It also sends a powerful message to clients.


  • The cost of this office build-out is often high, as each office requires walls and individual furnishings, and each employee has to be allocated significantly more square footage.
  • The cost of this office build-out is often high, as each office requires walls and individual furnishings, and each employee has to be allocated significantly more square footage.
  • It can be very difficult to get natural lighting into the common or grouped areas of the office space.
  • These office build-outs tend to take more time and labor to complete.
  • It can affect office culture, preventing employees from building strong relationships with one another and setting certain employees above others in status and accessibility. In a post-COVID workplace environment, these are key considerations. In fact, the need to get one-on-one time, hold collaborative meetings and be a part of the workplace community are cited as key reasons for employees wanting to return to the office5.

Let’s Find the Right Office Build-out for Your NJ Business

At BE Builds, our experienced team has worked for decades with businesses in New Jersey across all sectors. We know the importance of understanding what your business wants to achieve with their office space, from the work you do and the people you employ to the culture you want to create. Together, we can set your brand in a powerful position, creating a space that’s productive, enjoyable to use, and tailored to your workflow. Contact us today and to find out more about our state-of-the-art office construction services.

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