Big-city high-tech is leading the way in major office space design, with the elimination of most private offices and even cubicle/workstations. Some suburban tech is following suit. Other non-tech industries sectors such as law firms, CPAs and other professional services are in part transitioning in major cities, but at least in the San Francisco East Bay suburbs it is still "old school" for the most part.
I interviewed a number of prominent office design architects and here are their thoughts: Major suburban firms are evaluating more open space and assessing corporate culture. Firms have moved middle management out of private offices into workstations as a compromise. Companies are reducing private office count and increasing pow-wow spaces, breakout rooms, and even adding "fun" spaces with ping-pong and foosball. The new office building design is "live/work/play lifestyle," with new office developments incorporating large gyms (including basketball and virtual golf), conference centers, art galleries, and instead of traditional formal lobbies, informal meeting spaces, park spaces, rooftop gardens, retail and restaurants within the office complex, according to designers of major office projects in New York City, Houston and Calgary, Alberta, in addition to my research and the National Real Estate Investor.
By: Jeffrey Weil
Jeffrey Weil is an executive vice president for Colliers International Walnut Creek. Mr. Weil has specialized in the sale and leasing of commercial properties for 38 years and has achieved CCIM, SIOR and NACORE’s Master in Commercial Real Estate Services with Honors (MCR.h) designations.
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