Magazine article Journal of Property Management

A Stated Location

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

A Stated Location

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Faced with too much retail and not enough office space in the Tallahassee market, Mark Centers Trust of Kingston, Penn., undertook the challenge of converting most of a fully enclosed mall into office space for several agencies of the Florida state government. "The Department of Professional Regulation, our first tenant, had trouble locating office space and was very interested in finding a location that enabled all of its workers to be under the same roof," said Kim Gabbard, manager of the property.

To overcome the hurdles of a large interior footprint, the company cut through windows and added skylights. Offices were staggered and low partitions were used so that natural light could penetrate. High ceiling heights permitted the installation of raised floors to accommodate the specialized power equipment. Carpet patterns were used to delineate different areas.

Once plans were completed, Mark Centers' next challenge was to convince the department that the property was a viable space, not just an "old mall." "The toughest thing was to sell the concept," said Gabbard. To help decisionmakers visualize the project, Mark Centers Trust created an architectural model with a removable roof and presented framed architectural renderings of the planned changes for the re-named Northwood Centre. …

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