The municipality expresses interest in reconstruction
Step 1 The municipality expresses interest in reconstruction
MCC performs a facility assessment and a cost-benefit analysis
Step 2 MCC performs a facility assessment and a cost-benefit analysis
MCC employs the design team and the general contractor
Step 3 MCC employs the design team and the general contractor
The municipality approves the budget and signs a lease
Step 4 The municipality approves the budget and signs a lease
MCC assumes all liability and ensures project completion
Step 5 MCC assumes all liability and ensures project completion
Design and construction teams start construction phase
Step 6 Design and construction teams start construction phase
The maintenance team is trained on the new systems
Step 7 The maintenance team is trained on the new systems
Construction phase is completed and the municipality moves in
Step 8 Construction phase is completed and the municipality moves in
Old buildings are put on the market
Step 9 Old buildings are put on the market
A Proven Federal Model
This “Consolidate and Lease” model is already working at the top level in large-scale government offices.
Decision-makers in the federal government have recognized the need to lease and consolidate, and, in doing so, have realized significant cost savings. So if it works for the federal government, how can our “Consolidate and Lease” model work for municipalities? Let us show you.
Our model gives municipalities three distinct advantages: unique leasing benefits, cost and efficiency benefits, and locational benefits.
Leasing costs less each year than
owning and has no hidden fees.
When municipalities decide to lease office spaces, they save money.
They avoid the chaotic design-bid-build process, which can quickly turn expensive, and they eliminate maintenance and repair costs since responsibilities fall to the landlord. They also move into buildings that are more efficient and cost less to operate. And they no longer occupy a functionally obsolete building that requires significant capital expenditure beyond what the building is worth.
Private owners can negotiate better maintenance contracts and have a financial incentive to keep buildings in good repair to maintain their value.
When capital expenditure funding is reduced, municipalities often cannot effectively take care of their buildings, roads, parks, and other features. However, by passing off capital expenditure responsibilities to developers, cities can ensure the longevity of the buildings in which they operate.
Consolidating into one space creates cost
and efficiency benefits.
It’s simple: Less space equals less cost.
With consolidation, there are fewer wasted and underutilized spaces in municipal buildings. Shared conference rooms, lobbies, auditoriums, and common areas can better serve employees than multiple smaller ones. A single, larger building is also more energy efficient, and there’s even the added benefit of saving time and costs by reducing trips between different office buildings.
It’s easier to accommodate a department expansion within one building than by splitting a department across multiple buildings.
Furthermore, municipalities can increase the efficiency and accuracy of their work by locating employees in close proximity to each other—especially when interdepartmental work is involved. More efficient municipal offices allow cities to expedite processes and offer a higher volume of assistance to citizens.
Locating in one place benefits the city employees,
the public, and the neighborhood, while adding
to the tax base.
In short, consolidated offices can be used as a powerful tool for urban revitalization.
Municipal offices and other types of anchor institutions have a track record of facilitating economic development, as they can establish foot traffic, particularly in emerging or transitioning neighborhoods, where revitalization is necessary. By moving their offices to these neighborhoods, municipalities encourage private developers to follow suit.
By selling valuable downtown office buildings in order to consolidate into a single building, cities free up and expand sales and tax revenues.
Municipal consolidation also allows cities to sell the land and buildings they own, leading to immediate sales revenue, but also increasing their tax base. When ownership changes hands from public to private, municipalities realize tax revenue that they didn’t previously have.