Sometimes, timing is everything. Just look at the Advanced Medical Technology Association. In early 2020, with a lease set to expire in 2022, AdvaMed was scouting new space for its Washington, DC, headquarters. With prices high and amenities low, CEO Scott Whitaker decided to pause the search and look again in a few months.
Then the pandemic hit. With staff working from home, Whitaker had the first inkling that going back to the office would not look the same.
That’s when Whitaker decided to go a new direction. He and his leadership team talked to employees about how they wanted to work and began to apply those principles to the spaces they were considering. When they identified a suitable building, they set about “building out the space consistent with what we heard from our employees about what they wanted to be, where they wanted to work, and how they wanted to work once the pandemic passed,” Whitaker said. “That led us to redesign the way we thought about the workplace for our folks going forward.”
The high vacancy rates during the pandemic allowed AdvaMed to lease space that was more conducive to their needs but stay in the same price range. The new building has better air circulation (with fresh air intake and no air shared with other floors), lots of natural light, dedicated offices as well as space that can be reserved, and space to host members.
AdvaMed went from two office buildings with a combined 31,000 square feet of space to one with 26,500 square feet of more usable, open space that better meets its needs.