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Spaces We Love: Lululemon’s Vancouver Headquarters

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There are few brands that I love as much as I love Lululemon. I would wear it all day, every day, if I could get away with it. I am still waiting for the high-end athletic wear retailer to put out a “professional” wear-to-work line. A girl can dream!

Aside from being a great company with amazing and stylish products, Lululemon also has an incredible office in Vancouver, Canada. It’s exactly how I would envision the active wear giant’s headquarters to look – characterized by clean lines, natural elements, and warm tones.

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Commercial Landlords: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

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As an exclusively tenant-focused commercial real estate broker, I get asked almost daily what makes a landlord a good landlord, and whether it really matters to a tenant if they lease space from a good landlord versus to a bad one.

There are many qualities that differentiate the good from the bad, but there is really only one quality that matters. Respect. Respect for their building and how they take care of it. Respect for their staff, as that staff is on the front line working with the tenants day in and day out. Respect for the brokers that support them and help fill their buildings. And, most importantly, respect for the one thing that makes this whole business work: the tenant – the ultimate customer in this whole equation.

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Spaces We Love: Red Ventures’ North Carolina HQ

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“The average American spends 1,804 hours at work each year. So why not make it a place that drives innovation, creativity and fun?” – Red Ventures

I love a company with that philosophy!

As a real estate enthusiast – and someone who loves diving into a company’s culture (and the impact it has on its office space) – I appreciate when companies design their offices with innovation, creativity, and fun in mind.

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Spaces We Love: IKEA’s Innovation Lab in Copenhagen

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“Innovation is the only way to win.” – Steve Jobs

Steve Job’s quote certainly holds true for the Swedish furniture giant, IKEA. In conjunction with Rebel Agency, a Swedish design company, IKEA launched Space10 with the purpose of innovating and planning for the future of home design and urban living. Opened in late 2015, Space10 is housed in an old, 11,000 square foot fishery building in Copenhagen’s meatpacking district.

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Spaces We Love: Harley Ellis Devereaux

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Harley Ellis Devereaux’s San Diego office is the perfect mix of classy, collaborative, and creative. It is the epitome of smart design, and it’s no surprise that it is home to one of the country’s most esteemed design firms. With a 100-plus year track record, HED has mastered it all – from student housing to corporate headquarters to life science labs – and the company’s work speaks for itself.

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What it Takes to Be the World’s Smartest Building

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We often hear the phrases “smart cities” and “smart buildings” – but what do they really mean? And what does it take to be the smartest building in the world?

There is no one definition for what a city must have to be deemed “smart,” but it is widely accepted that a smart city is efficient with its transportation, energy, and waste management, and it is green and eco-friendly. Amsterdam has been named one of the world’s smartest cities, having implemented energy, mobility, and governance initiatives as well as the Amsterdam City Project devoted specifically to improving the city. It’s only fitting that Amsterdam is also home to the world’s smartest building. But first, what is a “smart building?”

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Women and Money: The Real Reason We Don’t Want to Discuss Our Finances and How to Fix it

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With Equal Pay Day 2016 approaching on April 12th, women and men around the world turn their attention to the pay gap between their earnings, specifically how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.

As we draw awareness to such an important issue, I’d like to bring some attention to a disheartening figure by the 2015 Fidelity Investments Money FIT Women Study. According to this study, eighty percent of women confess that they have refrained from and feel uncomfortable with discussing their finances with those they are close to. Their parents, spouses, siblings, best friends, etc.

Eighty percent.

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Spotlight on Alpha Project’s Alpha Square

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I recently had the pleasure of meeting with Bob McElroy and Amy Gonyeau of Alpha Project and touring Alpha Square, the organization’s beautiful new development in East Village. Alpha Square, located on the corner of 14th Street and Market Street, is a six-story building with 203 studio apartments for previously homeless and low-income individuals in Downtown San Diego. Each of these studio apartments is furnished with Internet, cable TV, and telephone services, and the building itself includes on-site amenities including case management, long-term treatment facilities, and even a pizza shop! The $46 million development was a collaborative effort by The Alpha Project, San Diego Housing Commission, City of San Diego, Civic San Diego, and Chelsea Investment Corporation.

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Millennials & Nonprofits

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For the millennial generation, volunteering and donating to nonprofits are not just resumé-builders, they are a way of life. According to the 2014 Millennial Impact Report published by Achieve and the Case Foundation, 87% of millennial employees donated to a nonprofit in 2013, and the same percentage of millennials enjoyed company-wide days of service to a nonprofit.

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Spaces We Love: Refinery29’s New York Office

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One of my millennial staple websites is Refinery29 – it’s colorful, fun, creative, inspiring, and full of all things travel, fashion, lifestyle, and entertainment. Naturally I was very curious about what a company like Refinery29 would create in the space that it calls home. Few things get me more excited than when a company’s office fully captures the essence of its brand – and Refinery29’s chic space in Manhattan is one that does exactly that.

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