Office Build out

If you’ve never gone through the design and construction process before, it can feel overwhelming to manage the build-out of your company’s new office.

When do you hire an architect? Which general contractor should you hire? Do you need a project manager? How do you get your permits? And the list goes on…

Not to worry. After reading this article, you will understand the standard office build-out process, from initial design to the day you move in.



The design process will likely begin even before your lease is signed. This is where you will work with your design team to define your vision, develop concepts and eventually finalize construction documents that you can use for bidding and permitting.


Design Discovery

During the design discovery phase, you will define the scope of your project. This will likely take place while you are still in the site selection process.

You will then engage the architects, engineers and any other consultants necessary to fulfill the goals of your project. Your tenant rep broker should be able to refer you to recommended design teams and will likely help you engage a project manager to lead the entire process.


Conceptual Design

At this point, your project team will begin the process of of providing test fits, project budgeting and scheduling.


Test Fits

With your architect engaged, you (and your project manager, if you’ve hired one) can enlist their help to produce test fits of the space(s) that you are considering.

A test fit is a floor plan produced to ensure that a space will be able to accommodate your company’s needs.

It can help you visualize how your company will occupy the space, and will provide an idea of the scope of construction that will be required to make the space ready for you to occupy.