The local real estate company revealed Tulsa’s Coolest Office Spaces list for 2022

Hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested in local economic development since 2019, the last time global real estate services and investment firm CBRE released its list of the coolest office spaces in Tulsa.

“The big difference is that we have four new office buildings either completed or under development downtown,” said Bob Pilsticker, senior vice president of CBRE in Tulsa. “Since the 1980s, we haven’t had 600,000 square feet of new products coming online.”

This volume led to the selection of nine office spaces to CBRE’s “Coolest” 2022 list, which was compiled by an intermediary team led by Pielsticker, in consultation with architects, contractors and building owners. To be officially revealed by host CBRE at 4 p.m. Friday at Atento Capital (109 N. Detroit Ave.), spaces are Atento Capital, ConsumerAffairs, Crowe & Dunlevy, GableGotwals, Hall Estill, Pray Walker, 36 Degrees North Incubator, Williams IT and Zayo Group.

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Pilsticker said the list, which CBRE started locally in 2017, reflects leases that have been put into service over the past two years (COVID has delayed the company’s biennial recognition schedule).

Four law firms submitted the CBRE listing. GableGotwals resides in the Vast Bank building, and Crowe & Dunlevy moves to 222 N. Detroit Ave. Bray Walker has a lease on 21 N. Greenwood Ave. Hall Estill is building its space on the eleventh and twelfth floors of the Santa Fe Square Tower under construction.

“GableGotwals was the first law firm to kind of make the leap,” Pilsticker said. “There was this herd mentality with law firms on Journey to Quality.”

Pilsticker said the plaza within Santa Fe Square will be a game-changer thanks to a pocket park, several proposed restaurants and a 30-foot-by-50-foot outdoor video board.

Mac Rosser IV is a shareholder/manager of Crowe & Dunlevy, which leases the entire sixth floor at 222 N. Detroit Ave.

“What we were looking for was something that would help us be more collaborative and enable us to have more informal discussions,” he told Tulsa World earlier this year. “We also wanted it to be attractive to talent. Our primary goal is to attract talent and make them a part of our practice.”

The Vast Bank building is 100% leased, and Pielsticker envisions Santa Fe Square to be that way before the end of the year. At 21 North Greenwood, every floor has covered parking, and the rooftop deck also has a 5,000-square-foot enclosed space which, after hours and on weekends, will double as an event space called The Vista at 21.

“The journey to quality is really built on the need to attract and retain new talent,” Bilsticker said. “While second-generation buildings have great historic qualities, they don’t always have the amenities this millennial workforce is looking for.

“This includes having space for collaboration and being able to make more of your company on larger floorboards. Some buildings have balconies. It’s nice to have that outdoor space.”

COVID has prompted millions of workers to work remotely or hybrid, making it a duty of employers to make workplaces more attractive, which many have done locally.

The core of the Williams IT space is an Apple Store-like help center where employees can receive technical assistance. In Atento Capital, whose space is a repurposed restaurant, beer taps protrude from the wall and the ‘modern’ bar can be reached by pulling a book into a movable bookcase door.

“This is one of the reasons why these companies are spending money on nice new office space,” Pilsticker said. “It’s to get their workforce back together.”

Video: Time-lapse of downtown Tulsa’s building 222 north of Detroit (formerly WPX Energy headquarters)

October 2019 to April 2022 Courtesy of iBeam Construction.

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