Commercial office space is typically segmented into Class A, B and C offices.
- Class A: These offices often represent the highest quality real estate in their markets and fetch the highest rent. These are generally new offices with modern amenities.
- Class B: These offices are one step down from Class A. These tend to either be older offices in prime locations or tend to fall outside prime office locations. For example, a Class B office could either be an older property in a downtown location or a newer property but outside the city limits in a suburban location.
- Class C: These offices are older properties in less desirable locations. Many of these offices may be single-story locations in a strip mall in a less desirable location.
In addition, offices may be segmented into their purpose and general design trends to make it easier for architects, lighting designers and interior decorators to pinpoint trends and solutions.
At Acuity Brands, we categorize offices into the following three segments:
- Modern Office – We define modern offices as Class A office space that is used by technology companies, life sciences companies and creative industries. While the concepts can vary by industry and by region, modern offices trend towards an open office environment designed for collaboration and co-working and bringing natural elements inside the built environment to stimulate creativity. Office daylighting, then, is very important in a modern office lighting scheme, as is the need for a high degree of controllability in order to personalize office lighting as it evolves throughout the day. To see daylighting in an open office, watch this video: https://youtu.be/ZYBrHTYx2Lk
- Professional Services – These include law offices, financial services offices and government offices. Professional services offices are generally Class A and B offices and include a private office perimeter with a centralized common space of open offices or cubicles. Professional services office lighting varies from client-facing areas that use lighting as a statement of their brand to open office lighting that minimizes glare on mobile and computer screens.
- Service Centers – These include contact centers, insurance company offices, data centers and call centers. These service centers feature a high density of employees in a space, so oftentimes the best office lighting solutions for service centers are focused on a rapid ROI and enhancing productivity and focus. Therefore, service center lighting tends to be functional, minimizing eye strain of employees while providing general ambient illumination.