11 · 15 · 2017
A Test Fit By Any Other Name
When we tell prospects about the complementary consultations that we provide, including a complementary test fit, many of them want to know, “What is a test fit?” We thought they would never ask.
A test fit is an initial floor plan used to validate the fact that the work you need to perform and the things you want can actually be accomplished in the workspace you are about to occupy.
For example, if you’re looking at 1,500 square feet of space, you may have to forego the private movie-screening room and the Olympic-size lap pool. On the other hand, if you’re looking at 30,000 square feet of space for two attorneys, a paralegal, and an administrative assistant, you might consider a smaller space with a smaller price tag.
Okay. We’re being facetious. But we do offer complementary test fits.
Space Planning Comes Next
Some people are confused about the difference between a test fit and a space plan. That’s actually quite simple, too. While a test fit merely determines if a space can meet your functional needs, a space plan is a much more detailed elaboration of what your space will look like, what it will feel like, and how it will enable the activity that will take place within the space.
The space plan will show circulation patterns, office areas, meeting areas, and kitchens or lounge areas. It will show furniture layouts and equipment placement. Among those elements, it will take into consideration workflow. The image you want to project. The atmosphere you want to create. The culture you want to reflect in your environment and the way in which you want your space to present to employees and visitors.
Do I Have To Ask For a Test Fit?
The simple answer is no. But why wouldn’t you?
A test fit will tell you if your space is adequate for your purposes. More important, it will indicate the modifications that might be required. If you don’t own the building, it will inform your lease negotiations and your financial exposure. Especially if significant improvements or renovations will be required before you take occupancy.
Oh. And there’s one other reason to ask for a test fit, especially if you work with us: It’s free.
There’s no sense gambling on a workspace when a free test fit will make it a sure thing.