Monthly Archives: September 2014

What Makes Reinhart Group’s One-Stop Commercial Leasing Unique?

Reinhart Group’s one-stop business model was born from a gap in the market that was costing a fortune in wasted time and money. Significant problems were occurring due to a lack of accountability when trying to maintain regulations while working with 4-5 different companies.

We wanted to find a solution.

Historically we have found, even very large companies do not have staff with a background in construction and that often leads to scenarios like the following:

Common Problems of the Leasing Process

Somebody in the company is tasked with getting the project underway and begins by calling a realtor to discuss land. This is followed by someone else dealing with dirt and landscaping. One more phone call covers underground services and another is made for building construction.

The problem with this process? Each individual company will focus solely on getting their part of the job done, securing only their part of the contract and subsequent profit.

There is nobody assigned to direct the entire project including:

  • Customizing the build from the ground up rather than using an easy template
  • Ensuring ground, land, building and fire regulations are adhered to for the entire project.
  • Making sure every square foot is carefully planned out to allow for predicted future expansion.
  • Countless hours are wasted communicating between all the different teams

How the Reinhart 1-Stop Method Works

Unfortunately, this scenario is fairly typical. Customers were tired of dealing with half a dozen different contractors and this is how our 1-stop model was born. We have a close partnership with a steel manufacturer, own the necessary heavy equipment, have in-house general contractors, sewage system engineers and reliable realtors who are not single mindedly focused on their commission.

So what is the final result?

  • When an issue surfaces with a lease, water usage or fire regulations, one of our team members visits on-site and a solution is found ASAP.
  • Communication between teams is fast and efficient because really, it’s all the same team
  • Our team is held entirely accountable for the entire project, eliminating situations where departments try to pass the blame to someone else

In any case, we can either prevent a problem from arising or solve it without disruption to your business.

If a company employee leaves or changes positions within your company during the course of the build, it does not pose a problem because the Reinhart team is ensuring all agreed upon terms are being met.

This leaves just one more item for discussion.

How Much Involvement Would You Like with Your Design?

With a 1-stop commercial leasing model, the question that remains is “how involved would you like to be with the project. Some clients like to give us an outline of their needs, show us  predicted company expansion and let us get on with the work.

Others prefer a more hands on approach and, that is fine too. Our company motto is:

“Let’s figure out the best possible design for your building together, and we’ll give you a call when it’s time to pick up the keys.”

5 Steel Buildings That Made History

Image by Seabamirum

Image by Seabamirum via Wylio

The benefits of steel as a construction material are endless.

  • Steel has a high strength-to-weight ratio.
  • It is extremely durable.
  • Steel allows for speedy, high-quality builds.
  • With proper maintenance, a steel structure can last decades or more, providing the perfect home for a growing business.

Reflecting on the history of steel, there is one person who truly revolutionized the industry. In 1892, Andrew Carnegie founded the Carnegie Steel Company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and his system for the efficient, cost-effective mass production of steel led to its wide-use in construction.

The commercial steel buildings we lease and rent today might not exist without Carnegie’s foresight. We still use the same principles of steel construction he developed, and when we design buildings for our clients in Houston, Alberta and Saskatchewan, these principles still influence our designs. Our buildings may not be as iconic as Chicago’s Sears Tower, but because of Carnegie’s innovation, they can last just as long.

To provide a clearer picture of the widespread use of our beloved steel, here are five of the most iconic steel structures from around the world:

1. Walt Disney Concert Hall

In Downtown Los Angeles, this Frank Gehry-designed concert hall is a truly inspiring structure. Completed in 2003, the structure is an excellent example of steel’s use in modern design.

2. New York Times Building

This building might be known for the glass that covers its facade, but the Times Building’s 52 stories are all steel-framed.

3. Seagram Building

Opening in 1958, the Seagram Building in Midtown Manhattan was the most expensive building of its time. Originally, the building’s steel frame was supposed to be visible, but building codes required that the frame be covered in a fire resistant, concrete material.

4. Sears Tower in Chicago

When it was completed in 1973, the steel-framed Sears Tower was the tallest building in the world. Currently, the tower, which was renamed the Willis Tower in 2009, is the second tallest in the U.S.

5. The San Francisco Federal Building

The 18-story Federal Building in San Francisco is covered in a stainless-steel scrim, which is featured prominently from the street below. This building is also a good example of a green building, as the structure wasn’t built with a traditional HVAC system and uses outside airflow to manage cooling.

7 Essential Questions to Ask When Leasing an Industrial Building

questions leasing industrial buildingAt Reinhart, we take the guesswork out of facilities management. If your business plan is working but you need to upgrade your facility, our job is simple. We help meet the demands.

Whether your need is for a small, medium or large facility to meet current needs and when the time is right for expansion, we either move you to one of our larger existing structures, or build a new one to grow with you.

Having done this time and time again for our clients, we have developed a list of seven essential questions you may want to ask when leasing an industrial building.

1. Can I Sublease A Portion?

Yes. We have worked with companies of all sizes needing to sublease a portion of a building while continuing to grow. As your business grows, you can  expand in a subleased building. If we do not have the exact building to suit your needs, subleasing allows time to determine what your needs are while we work on plans for your new facility.

2. Can I Purchase the Property?

In some instances, companies want to buy properties outright. We have done this in the past, however it is not always the most cost-effective solution when your business is growing and you own a building you have outgrown.

3. Can I Alter the Property?

Yes. Innovation is necessary, and we have the experience to adapt an industrial space to meet changing needs. We are here to provide solutions and ensure your facility and yard are an ideal space for your business. When altering a building, regulations must be met, and we have years of experience with ensuring alterations are up to code and meet regulations.

4. What Type of Insurance Will I Need?

There is no need to wade through the insurance market when you lease a building from Reinhart Group. We purchase insurance solutions for our properties, and because we manage and own a variety of properties, we are familiar with the most cost-effective and comprehensive plans on the market.

5. Is My Lease Transferable?

Yes. We are always happy to see the companies we work with grow, because when you succeed, we succeed. When your business is expanding, we can provide expert solutions to problems that may arise. We have provided business planning and financial advisory support to ensure facilities management is accounted for in the budget and contributes to the company’s success.

6. Am I Responsible for Any Other Costs?

Each lease is unique, however every one begins with a walkthrough of the facility.  After approval by both parties, the client is responsible for the building, and problems may arise. We are committed to working with our clients to ensure we find the most effective solution to any and all issues.

7. What About Maintenance and Landscaping?

We work with clients to ensure upkeep. Currently, we are developing a system to streamline building maintenance, which will provide real-time information on every piece of hardware and allow for quick accessibility to all maintenance records. We also provide snow removal and other landscaping solutions.

For more information on our experience and services, feel free to click the contact link.