It’s always extra gratifying when a project you’re working on embodies a personal passion, but when it involves two?!? That’s an architect’s dream. For me, this happened not too long ago when working on a headquarters renovation for tech giant, Symantec.
Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, and competing for some of the best and brightest minds in the technology industry, Symantec understood from the very beginning that they would need to find ways to differentiate their workspace from the competition. Not an easy feat when you’re surrounded by the Googles and Apples of the world. Yet, Symantec realized the power of good design and that they had an opportunity to create an environment that would make a tangible and measurable difference in the lives of their employees. For us, and our partner firm AP+I, this was music to our ears. READ MORE
Not since Henry Ford pulled workers from the fields to the factories have we seen such a comprehensive change in the workplace as we are now experiencing. The most obvious changes are in how, when and where we work. To facilitate this change, strategists and designers have developed innovative workplace solutions that can respond, and even encourage, these new ways of working. READ MORE
As we finish The Optimized Workplace series, it is fitting to wrap up with a discussion about space strategy and it impacts to the physical environment. It seems like for as long as we have been talking about the workplace, our clients have always been looking for ways to “optimize”, drive down costs, engage, attract and retain employees through their real estate portfolio planning. Today and looking towards the future is no different, except our industry has become more knowledgeable and insightful on best practices that influence how organizations can apply space strategy. Space continues to be one of the highest overhead costs for our clients. Organizations are moving towards a more dynamic planning approach that is constantly looking at the most efficient and effective space use.
Our industry research and dialogue continues to trend towards the significance of technology influence on every aspect of our lives. As we explore a robust technology strategy in the Optimized Workplace, below are a few metrics that promote this concept: READ MORE
Last week I attended a CoreNet Global panel discussion at the RealShare conference in Irvine, California.
With a panel consisting of three Real Estate companies, two End Users and one Investment Asset Management company, ‘Flexibility’ was the common theme. However, I was most intrigued when the End User began to challenge the Landlord and Broker to “listen more intently to the tenant needs.” (hmmm…. maybe that’s why they titled this session: “Needs of the Modern End User”) READ MORE
It seems like the trend of shared use has gained most momentum among schools and institutions of higher ed. That’s not surprising given that financing can be a major motivator – if a school or university can offer their space to the community then they can partner with public entities to help fund and design the buildings. But, what about impromptu shared use? READ MORE