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A Bold View On Office Space

Posted on September 15, 2020 in: News

A Bold View On Office Space
MetLife Investment Management (MIM) findings upend conventional wisdom about what might happen to office space demand post-COVID-19. With many companies planning return to office for employees, health considerations may actually lead to a need for more space within those offices.  In this Wall Street Journal article, MetLife Investment Management research believes the office space will certainly look bigger in the future.  To read the full article click here.

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The Post-COVID Office Will Be Very Different

Posted on September 01, 2020 in: News

The Post-COVID Office Will Be Very Different
Recently, Diane Hoskins and Andy Cohen (Co-CEO’s from Gensler) were interviewed by Fortune Magazine to discuss what they are working on to “de-densify” future office spaces.  According to their research, only 14% of people want to work from home full-time, suggesting the COVID-19 pandemic has NOT killed the office space.  To read about the big ideas they are working on, click here.

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Are Permanent Outdoor Workspaces in the Near Future?
According to a recent article by Lydia Lee with Metropolis Magazine, more Post-Covid office designs will have permanent outdoor workspaces.  "Designers are building zones with the WiFi, power, and shading elements for conducting tasks and meetings entirely outdoors."  With employee desires on natural light, fresh air and now safe social distancing, this has design teams reimagining the infinite possibilities for future offices.  To read the full article, click here.

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The Future of Office Furniture - CBRE's Perspective
There has been a lot of discussion about the future of the office environment from many different perspectives including the open space, collaboration, hybrid, work from home options, and much more.  However, not much has been discussed about the future of furniture itself, in the workplace.  After months of discussions with many furniture manufacturers and partners including commercial real estate professionals and design teams around the world, CBRE has compiled a report detailing the common themes and implications for the future of office furniture. D...

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The Changing Face of Office Furniture – Seating
While we are still in the midst of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to learn what office furniture manufacturers are developing to help make the return the workplace as safe as possible.  In this series, we will explore various aspects of furniture in the office environment and attempt to offer ideas for end-users, architects and purchasers of furniture to make sound decisions that match their culture and budget while providing a safe work environment. Safe Seating While its been said there is no fabric which will instantly kill a virus, many m...

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New Options to Create a Safer Work Environment
2020 may just be well remembered as the year the workspace changed.  As we have been recently sharing, the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing the commercial real estate and A/E/C communities to rethink office spaces from a variety of perspectives including health safety.  We have received numerous inquiries from existing and past clients asking what some of the options are to create a safer work environment, based on their current systems and office environments.  In an article we published in February 2020,  “Why Height Matters”,  we exami...

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Restoring a Sense of Safety to the Workplace
In a few spots around the world where the COVID-19 infection rate has slowed, businesses are starting to open back up.  As a follow up to last week’s article, “The Return to the Workplace. What Will It Look Like?”, Gensler’s Research Institute is already noticing some trends in employee behavior.  Employees are not falling back into old habits and this will have an immediate and long-lasting impact on office space.  More importantly, they pose the question, “How do we restore a sense of safety to the post-pandemic workplace?...

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The Return to the Workplace.  What will happen?
At COCRE8 Interiors, we’ve been discussing the potential impact of the COVID-19 virus on the office environment.  There is a lot of speculation, and much like this pandemic there is much uncertainty.  The one thing that is certain is that humans need interaction with other humans.  The folks at Gensler’s Research Institute have some insights into the ways that companies can prepare to bring employees back into the workplace.  Read the article here.

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Are You Working From Home?

Posted on March 23, 2020 in: News

Are You Working From Home?
Across the country, companies are not only mandating non-essential workers work from home, some like Google, Uber, LinkedIn, and Facebook are even offering an allowance to set up a home office.  To accommodate this change, Friant, a global leader in workplace solutions, has put together a “Work From Home” bundle which is offered through its dealers.  Home Office/WFH qualifies for special circumstances during the shelter in place order and as such, products ship from CA with the goal that products will ship within 24 hours to your home or to the dealer ...

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