The Capital District EOC enrolls 1,000 students per year in a wide variety of educational and technical training programs. In considering their location and space options they had multiple demanding criteria that needed to be satisfied. They could only consider existing buildings, there was a tight geographic search area, and they had to have access to public transportation.
Cresa Albany used creativity and patience to uncover site options that would accommodate higher than average ceiling heights and mass transit requirements. The build-out specifications that needed to be included in the negotiation were also a challenge. The EOC needed standard classrooms as well as technical training spaces for food safety, welding, and building trades. The Cresa Albany team inventoried and analyzed these client needs in an RFP and created a competitive bidding process to deliver the lowest possible occupancy costs. In addition, our client’s current equipment was old and dated, so we included a request for a furniture, fixtures, and equipment (FF&E) allowance.
Cresa analyzed the competing responses and negotiated a winning package deal. The EOC ended up with a brand new space, plus brand new furniture and equipment. The total cost was less per square foot than what they were paying in their dated space of the past thirty-four years.
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