How to Plan Your Office Space

How to Plan Your Office Space: 4 Considerations to Think About

As an average, office space per person is generally around 200 sf per employee in the United States.    When planning your office space, it’s important to consider typical configurations within your industry, as well the various roles and positions within your organization.

1) BY INDUSTRY

How the space is utilized varies across industries and the following graph from CoStar, highlights the average range by industry.

Office Space by Worker

2) BY POSITION

A typical workspace allocation by position, along with the respective configuration, is as follows:

  • Executive, 300 USF, Private Office
  • Director, 250 USF, Private Office
  • Manager, 200 USF, Cubicle
  • Supervisor, 120 USF, Cubicle
  • Technical, 80 USF, Cubicle
  • Support, 80 USF, Cubicle
  • Clerical, 64 USF, Cubicle

Source: U.S. General Services Administration Workspace Utilization and Allocation Benchmark Study 2012

Office_Space_Calculator_-_Effective_Workplace

3) BENCHMARKING

When beginning a preliminary space analysis, start with the benchmark allocations above and modify accordingly.  Click on the image to the right for a tool to help you analyze your organization’s space requirement.

4) THE EXECUTIVE’S OFFICE SIZE

The U.S. GSA surveyed various private and public organizations and their results show that the Executive’s office typically is in the range of 225-400 USF in the U.S, with the exception of certain firms that choose to use an open plan or shared workspace configuration.

  • Business Services/Consulting (Management Consulting Firm), 400 USF, Office & Conference Space
  • Telecommunication, 225 USF, Private Office
  • Manufacturing, 380-480 USF, Private Office
  • Government, 400 USF Domestic Org., 105 USF International Org., Private Office
  • Academic Institution, 400 USF, Private Office
  • Media Conglomerate, 225 USF for Senior Executives, 150 USF for Executives, Office
  • Business Services/Consulting (Architectural Firm), 40 USF, Shared Workspace for all

Click Here to read the entire study.

About the Author Michael Staskiewicz

Michael Staskiewicz, CCIM is the Managing Broker/ Senior Vice President of The Garibaldi Group and Founder of EffectiveWorkplace.com. Michael helps innovative, purpose-driven CEOs clarify the strategic plan for a world-class work environment, so they can attract the best talent and reduce voluntary turnover.

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