What is a spec suite?

A spec suite, short for “speculative suite,” is a fully designed and pre-built office space that is ready for immediate occupancy. This innovative approach in the commercial real estate market offers numerous advantages for both landlords and tenants, as well as opportunities for sustainable furniture companies like Envirotech. In this article, we will discuss what a spec suite is, the advantages it offers to landlords and tenants, the essential elements of a great spec suite, and how Envirotech can help create exceptional office spaces with its range of low-carbon furniture solutions.

Advantages of Spec Suites for Landlords and Tenants

For landlords, spec suites are an attractive option because they can be leased faster than unfinished spaces, often at a premium. They also provide a consistent design across multiple properties, which can lead to economies of scale and cost savings.

For tenants, spec suites are appealing because they can move in quickly without waiting for construction or build-outs. They also offer flexibility in terms of lease terms and customization options, making them ideal for growing companies.

Cushman & Wakefield: Case Study

Cushman & Wakefield, a leading real estate services firm, partnered with Envirotech to furnish two spec suites in California. The challenge was to create inviting, functional spaces within a stringent budget and tight schedule.

Challenge: The task was to furnish two spaces in Santa Clara and Santa Row, CA, totaling 14,166 sq ft, within a budget of $14-$15 per sq ft. The project demanded a quick turnaround of 3 weeks, necessitating efficient planning and execution.

Solution: Envirotech employed its expertise in providing quality, sustainable office furniture solutions, utilizing over 80% of certified pre-owned or refurbished products. This approach was both eco-friendly and cost-effective.

  1. Project 1 – Santa Clara, CA
    • Size: 2,940 sq ft
    • Cost: $15 per sq ft
    • The suite was equipped with a selection of refurbished office furniture that enhanced the space’s modern look, including ergonomic chairs and functional workstations.
  2. Project 2 – Santa Row, CA
    • Size: 11,226 sq ft
    • Cost: $14 per sq ft USD
    • The larger suite in Santa Row was furnished with a similar focus on quality and aesthetics, ensuring a cohesive and welcoming environment.
  • Before vs. After Installation: The response to the furnished spaces was overwhelmingly positive. Brokers and potential tenants found the spaces more appealing during tours post-installation. The furnished suites presented a vivid picture of a potential office setup, eliminating uncertainties around furniture solutions and layout.
  • Increased Traffic: There was a noticeable increase in the number of viewings after the furniture installation. The enhanced appeal of the spaces attracted more potential tenants.


  • Cost Efficiency: Envirotech achieved the furnishing of both spaces at an impressive $14-$15 per sq ft, showcasing their ability to deliver quality within a budget.
  • Sustainability: The use of predominantly certified pre-owned or refurbished products underscored Envirotech’s and Cushman & Wakefield’s commitment to sustainability.
  • Timely Completion: Both projects were completed within the 4-week deadline, demonstrating Envirotech’s efficiency and strong project management skills.
  • Client Satisfaction: Cushman & Wakefield were highly satisfied with the outcomes, appreciating the quality, cost-effectiveness, and timeliness of Envirotech’s solutions.

Envirotech’s successful furnishing of the Cushman & Wakefield spec suites in California highlights its prowess in delivering cost-effective, sustainable, and visually appealing office solutions across North America. The positive feedback from brokers and tenants, along with increased space viewings, further cements Envirotech’s reputation as a leader in the sustainable office furniture industry.

About Envirotech

Envirotech is a leading provider of remanufactured office furniture, offering high-quality, sustainable, and cost-effective solutions for commercial spaces. Our commitment to the environment, combined with our expertise in design and space planning, makes us the ideal partner for creating exceptional spec suites that appeal to modern businesses. Schedule a consultation with our team today and discover the Envirotech difference.

Published On: April 4, 2023
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