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The Anderson Group Unveils “Smart Office Audit” to Help Area Businesses

Smart Office Audit LogoNovember 13, 2013 (Albany, NY) – The Anderson Group LLC, one of the largest commercial property owners and property management companies in Albany, NY, is offering a free service to help area businesses who want to make their office space more productive, efficient, and successful.

The Smart Office Audit ™ is a free service created by The Anderson Group to help businesses that believe their current office space is too expensive or not efficient enough to meet their needs. The goal of the Smart Office Audit is to show a company how they can save up to 20% of current occupancy costs.

According to managing partner Andy Anderson, many businesses are concerned that they are paying for more office space than they actually need. The process of doing the audit determines if this is the case, and they will present a list of options for companies such as reconfiguring and retrofitting current space.

Audits also can uncover issues affecting productivity and utility costs, such as inefficient lighting and HVAC equipment. “There’s an immediate financial payback for most businesses that upgrade to more energy efficient technologies,” explained Anderson.  “We’ve been investing heavily in upgrades for our buildings. In one building, we reduced utility costs 40% in the first year alone, resulting in positive cash flow even after a $30,000 investment.”

The Anderson Group is the first landlord in the area certified by NYSERDA’s new HVAC Business Partner Program, which allows the company to identify problems with existing HVAC units. “Lighting and HVAC are the two significant drivers of utility costs,” said Anderson.” We can help businesses identify options for saving money, and help them identify incentive programs with National Grid or NYSERDA.”

According to Anderson, businesses do not have to be an Anderson Group tenant to take advantage of the Smart Office Audit ™.  “We find that small to medium-sized businesses really need this kind of help,” explained Anderson. “We are happy to work with businesses to improve office productivity. It’s part of building a long-term relationship and standing by our solid reputation as forward-thinking innovators of office communities.”

Easy, but Thorough Process

The Smart Office Audit begins with a meeting to review your business’ current operations, space, energy usage and utilities, technology and communications requirements, and any issues and concerns.  After an interactive process, the outcome is a set of recommendations to create the most productive workspace possible in your existing office or, if it is clear that a different space is needed, detailed recommendations on square footage, layout, energy and telecommunications, common areas needs, parking, and other requirements for your future office pace.

To request a Smart Office Audit, companies can visit www.SmartOfficeAudit.com or call 518-458-7726. You can also hear Andy Anderson discussing typical findings of the audits during two-minute “Ask the Expert” segments Thursday mornings on the 810 or 103.1 WGY Radio Chuck & Kelly talk show.

The Anderson Group LLC offers premiere commercial office space at outstanding locations in Albany, NY. Experts in office space efficiency, productivity, and profitability, Anderson also offers the free Smart Office Audit to businesses interested in optimizing their office operations and lower occupancy costs. The Anderson Group’s full services include commercial property management, property development, and brokerage services. Popular executive suites with flexible leases for smaller firms are also available.  Founded in 1966 The Anderson Group today has become the New York Capital Region’s most respected authority on creating work communities that are productive and efficient. For more information, visit www.tagny.com or call 518 458-7726.

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Hudson Solar to Install Solar Panels at 125 Wolf Road

sunpower_25_header1Hudson Solar is a fast-growing solar design and installation firm serving clients from Rhinebeck to Queensbury and east into the Berkshires and southern Vermont. The family-owned firm, founded in Rhinebeck NY in 2002, has completed over 1000 solar installations in residences, businesses, non-profit organizations, and government facilities.

In the next few months, it will add The Anderson Group Executive Suites office building at 125 Wolf Road to that impressive list.

“We have been planning this with the management team at The Anderson Group for some time,” explained Hudson Solar partner John Wright, who heads the firms Capital Region operation. “We have all of the equipment in and will be starting the installation in the next 90 days.”

According to Wright, the installation will yield savings over 25 years totaling $190,000 for The Anderson Group.

Andy Anderson, managing partner with The Anderson Group, said that the investment is part of the firm’s multi-million dollar building upgrade program, and reflects the company’s commitment to energy efficiency. “We are determined to provide the most efficient and productive office space for our tenants,” he explained. “We’re continually improving all of our properties. ”

Scalability: Having Room to Grow

Wright knows the Wolf Road building well, because he selected it to be Hudson Solar’s Albany headquarters when he first brought the business to the region three years ago.

“I was looking for a space close to the major highways,” he explained, “with shared services such as a receptionist and conference room, and the scalability to let me easily change offices as we grew.”

The clincher, said Wright, was that he also required warehousing space, which Anderson was able to provide only one block from the office. “

Wright moved into a small, 250 square foot office in May of 2010 with five employees. Within 18 months he had doubled his staff and moved into an 800 square foot space in the same building twice that size. Today he occupies a corner office totaling 1900 square feet and employs 20 workers.

“It’s been really great to have the flexibility to be able to scale relatively inexpensively without major hassles for our group,” he explained. “The Anderson Group made it easy for us to move into this building and set up our fleet operations out of their warehouse. And as we’ve expanded, they’ve moved us each time.”

According to Wright, the firm still takes advantage of the 125 Wolf Road building’s shared services. “Even though we now have our own conference room, we still use the shared services The Anderson Group provides,” he explained. “For larger meetings, it’s great to have a large conference room with Internet, projector, and computer. And we use the shared receptionist service to help us with faxing and mailings.”

“On a day-to-day level, the team at The Anderson Group is phenomenal,” he continued. “They’ve been very, very, very flexible to work with. You can tell they run a well-oiled machine because they have good systems and controls and processes. Nothing falls through the cracks. When we need something done, they get it done immediately.”

For information on Hudson Solar, visit www.hudsonsolar.com or call (518) 520-0459.

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Executive Suites Popular in Albany – Flexibility for Business Owners, Telecommuters, Contractors

Executive Suites in Albany NYAs business owners continue their cautious expansion, demand for suburban office space in the Albany NY region is growing. In this climate, the executive suite office concept is attracting many small businesses eager to present a more professional look for their business. It is also attracting many national firms looking for productive office space for telecommuting employees or for field representatives and contractors.

The executive suite offers an affordable way to obtain scalable office space and present a highly professional business image while keeping overhead low. It also provides access to amenities not otherwise readily available – such as shared conference facilities, administrative and receptionist services, food service, and ample parking.

The result is growing popularity for executive suite office buildings, which offer shorter-term leases on ready-made offices.  Known in some areas as “business centers” or even “business incubators,” executive suite office buildings are very attractive for companies seeking the flexibility to scale up or down as their needs change. There are now approximately 4000 executive suite centers in the United States, most of them owned by smaller, independent companies that know the needs of local businesses.

First Executive Suite in the Capital Region
The Anderson Group LLC of Albany NY is one such owner. Anderson brought the first executive suite office building to the Capital Region in the early 1980s when it transformed its multi-story building at 125 Wolf Road into a mix of small and medium-sized offices. . Today, the building houses more than 80 businesses, as well as local telecommuters or visiting contractors placed in the Albany market by national or international firms.

“It’s a very flexible solution for companies that want shorter-term leasing arrangements,” explained Sue Touhey of The Anderson Group. “We can move a business in within 24 to 48 hours after signing a lease. And if they outgrow their space, they can easily add additional space or switch to a larger unit at any time during the lease.”

For Steve Surace, vice president and chief financial officer of Adjusters International, this flexibility has been very important. As a premier provider of disaster recovery and public adjusting services, Adjusters International’s business can be highly unpredictable. The firm has to respond rapidly when a disaster strikes, expediting its clients’ financial recovery from insurance claims and FEMA grants.

So basing the firm’s Capital Region operations at The Anderson Group Executive Suites building has been very beneficial. “The Anderson Group has been able to accommodate sudden and significant changes in our need for office space,” explained Surace, a long-time tenant who has recently expanded into larger space in other Anderson Group buildings. “Since we opened our original office at 125 Wolf Road we moved several times within that building. Every time our needs change, the Anderson Group works with us to find a solution. In our most recent expansion, they were able to negotiate new leases for us at 125 Wolf Road within a couple of days.”

The Anderson Group also goes out of its way to solve other problems for tenants. When John Wright wanted to expand PV installer Hudson Solar into upstate New York, The Anderson Group was able to add nearby warehouse space for the company’s service fleet and solar panel inventory. Wright leased a 250 square foot Executive Suite office at 125 Wolf Road along with nearby Anderson warehouse space in May of 2010 and moved in with five employees. Within 18 months he had doubled his staff and moved into an 800 square foot space in the same building. Today he occupies a corner office totaling 1900 square feet and employs 20 workers.

“It’s been really great to have the flexibility to be able to scale relatively inexpensively without major hassles for our group,” he explained. “The Anderson Group made it easy for us to move into this building and set up our fleet operations out of their warehouse. And as we’ve expanded, they’ve moved us each time.”

Shared Services and Amenities
The Anderson Group’s Executive Suite building at 125 Wolf Road accommodates offices as small as 100 square feet.  Tenants can hire any of the shared services, such as receptionist, secretarial, or conference room use, on a pay-as-needed basis. In addition to shared services and the modern conference room, tenants praise the convenient location, ample parking, professional image, and the networking opportunities the building provides. The Anderson Group helps them navigate the intricacies of getting their offices set up quickly and smoothly, from finding furniture suppliers to  facilitating telecommunications setup needs.

For many tenants, the move to 125 Wolf Road is a first step toward expansion after operating a home-based business. Smaller businesses often don’t want the overhead of an administrative assistant, and enjoy having access to a receptionist, along with secretarial, copying, faxing, and mailing services. They also enjoy having ready access to a modern conference room equipped with the latest high-speed internet access, telecommunications, and presentation equipment.

“Although smaller customers use these services a lot,”Touhey explained, “they’re here for everyone who is in the building. So if your copy machine breaks down or your administrative assistant is out sick, you can come downstairs and use our services. Or if you have two meetings going on at the same time – you can use our conference room in addition to your own.  We also accommodate the smaller business that doesn’t have its own administrative staff or equipment and just needs occasional use of those services. We charge a la carte so tenants only pay for what they need.”

Wright of Hudson Solar noted that these continue to be valuable despite his larger quarters and staff. “Even though we now have our own conference room, we still use the shared services The Anderson Group provides,” he explained. “For larger meetings, it’s great to have a large conference room with Internet, projector, and computer. And we use the shared receptionist service to help us with faxing and mailings.”

Paul Loucks, a financial representative with Cadaret Grant, stated “I find it convenient to have The Anderson Group process my outgoing mail. I also really appreciate the availability of a large high-tech conference room.”

Accessible Location, Professional Networking
For many tenants, the location of 125 Wolf Road is vital. Not only is it close to major commuter routes and to rich resources for dining and shopping, it is also close to the Albany International Airport and many top hotels.

This has been a boon to Robert Lynn of Lynn Associates, who has been leasing with The Anderson Group for 25 years. He currently occupies a 3-room office at 125 Wolf Road. Among its many advantages, he notes the easy access to highways and local commuter routes.

“I travel to client sites frequently,” he explains, “and it’s very convenient having major interstate access and the Albany International Airport and hotels right here. Many clients come to our building and I appreciate the professional image it conveys. It also offers plenty of parking and convenient access to Wolf Road, which is a very popular location.”

Smaller businesses also find the networking potentials of the Executive Suites invaluable. With scores of other businesses across a range of industries, many companies find new friends, colleagues, suppliers, and even customers through their daily interactions in common areas or at the deli or full-service bank located in the building.

When Bob Lynn became one of the first Executive Suites tenants in the building in the mid-1980s, Willard T. Anderson encouraged him to consider the potential for collegiality.  “He said it will be like having a big family,” Lynn recalled. “And he was right. There’s a built-in network here of professionals and business owners. I’ve made a lot of friends in this building and gained clients here too.  We’ve really grown to love it here.”

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Albany, NY Area Manufacturers Growing Stronger

The Albany Business Review’s Adam Schinko writes this week that manufacturing is becoming more important to the New York Capital Region, a trend that will continue through 2014. “Manufacturing is increasingly defining the region’s “Tech Valley” brand,” he wrote in an article published on 12/16/13, “as the sector adopts more automated technology and as manufacturers nationwide (albeit slowly) seek to bring more work back to the U.S.”

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Seeking Office Efficiency and Outstanding Location

Turner Construction Moves Its Upstate New York Office to 1 Computer Drive

Turner Construction LogoWe’re pleased to welcome the New York North headquarters of Turner Construction Company to its new home at 1 Computer Drive South.

Turner Construction, the largest general contractor in the U.S., has been serving the Capital District for over 100 years. The New York North office is responsible for all New York state construction projects outside of the five boroughs. In our area, these include the Colonie Center Expansion, EMPAC, Emma Willard, The Ciccotti Center, and South Colonie Schools. The Special Projects Division is a general contracting business with self-performing trade capabilities such as demolition, concrete, carpentry, and drywall. They are handling projects such as the recent Albany Hilton Renovation, Times Union Printing press project, and the Siena Trustco Administration Building.

According to vice president Carl E. Stewart, the new office will house more workers in less space. But beyond seeking a more efficient layout, the company was also looking for a convenient location that would be good for employees.

“Since our business covers all of upstate NY, the location is more about making our staff comfortable than supporting our business model,” he explained. “Wolf Road offers so much to our employees in terms of dining and shopping. Everyone is looking forward to the move.”

According to Stewart, another important requirement was the service orientation of The Anderson Group management team.

“We want to work with a property manager who is interested in the relationship for the life of the lease,” he explained. “Andy Anderson has been great to work with. Throughout the entire negotiation, he and his team demonstrated flexibility. We appreciated their willingness to meet our needs. We are looking forward to building a strong relationship.”

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Responding when Disaster Strikes

Adjusters International Requires Flexibility and Fast Response 

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As a premier provider of disaster recovery and public adjusting services, Adjusters International’s business can be highly unpredictable. The firm has to respond rapidly when a disaster strikes, expediting its clients’ financial recovery from insurance claims and FEMA grants.

So basing the firm’s Capital Region operations at The Anderson Group properties has been very beneficial, says vice president and chief financial officer Steve Surace. The Anderson Group has been able to accommodate sudden and significant changes in the firm’s needs for office space.

“Since we opened our original office at 125 Wolf Road,” he explained, ”We have moved several times within that building. And just recently, in response to significant and pressing client demands, we had to rapidly expand our Capital Region operation by 100 people. You don’t usually see a property manager able to move as quickly as The Anderson Group did. They provided us with four temporary office spaces at 125 Wolf Road while they readied 13,000 square feet at 8 Automation Lane and 17 Computer Drive West with fresh paint, carpeting, electrical and cabling. We were able to occupy over 15,000 square feet in ”a very short amount of time.”

Surace praises the flexibility and responsiveness of the Anderson Group management team. “Every time our needs change,” he said, “they work with us to find a solution. They were able to negotiate new leases for us at 125 Wolf Road within a couple of days. And they completed the build-outs at the larger offices very quickly.”

Consult Adjusters International on disaster recovery planning in the event of business interruption and/or damage from fire, flood, snow and ice, windstorm, theft, or vandalism. They can be reached at (518) 434-1234.

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