The Future Office: Flexible, and Collaborative

Once the economy bounces back, new office space development will allow for time-sharing and flexibility, said experts at a recent forum hosted by ULI.

"Panelist John Cantrell, interiors design technician at HOK's Atlanta office, pointed out that providing a sustainable working environment is 'more than just retrofitting old space' with recycled materials and energy efficient features. Rather, he said, it's about designing space in a way that is highly flexible, well connected from a technology standpoint, and which fosters collaboration and teamwork among onsite workers as well as those who are working offsite. Minimizing barriers and providing more communal space provides a sense of transparency and reinforces a collegial atmosphere that gives workers a stake in the company and a sense of belonging, he explained.

Any approach to sustainability must consider both economic and environmental aspects, Cantrell added. 'Sustainability cannot separate economic issues and environmental issues and be good for people either way.'

The new 'hub' model must provide an easy transition between working away from or within the space, panelists said."

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