Real estate agents don’t operate the same way they used to, so John McKenzie says they shouldn’t have the same kind of offices anymore, either.
That’s why he’s building a new west-side office for his Coldwell Banker Plaza Real Estate. It’s one that he’s calling a “stopping-off place” for agents whose work is portable and mobile.
“It’s called for a different style of office and one that is more collaborative and more engaging,” McKenzie says.
The 6,000-square-foot building will be built on a point at the Pier 37 Office Complex at 37th and Ridge Road, which means there will be lake views on either side of the building.
Security 1st Title and Pulaski Bank also will locate at the building.
“It’s really a one-stop shop kind of deal,” McKenzie says.
Currently, the almost 30-person, 3,000-square-foot west-side Plaza office is at Northwest Centre at 13th and Tyler, where it’s been since 1992. It’s had only one other west-side site since 1984.
“Obviously, we don’t move around very much,” McKenzie says.
There’s also a 16,000-square-foot east-side Plaza office at 12221 E. Central for another 70 employees. McKenzie says the office is too big, and he eventually wants to have a new one so he can reconfigure that space for today’s needs as well.
McKenzie says in previous times, agents would have to go to an office to write contracts and do paperwork, but that’s not how they use the space now.
He says he wants a “more comfortable, much more relaxing environment” where agents can check in with one another and visit.
McKenzie calls the old private offices “pigeon holes” that were “not very inviting for collaboration.”
There will still be some offices, but in general the new building will be more open.
SPT Architecture is the architect.
McKenzie says SPT’s Ron Spangenberg is the lead architect and has “been really a gem to work with.”
The building should be ready by the end of the first quarter of next year.
McKenzie will have a grand opening to celebrate what he thinks will be a one-of-a-kind building.
“The dynamics of our business have changed so much,” McKenzie says. “It makes more sense to build the kind of environment we’re looking to create.”