Even though companies have discovered how effective their employees can be working virtually, the office still holds value as a primary space for collaboration and socialization, the study found.
The coronavirus outbreak and increased emphasis on virtual work have transformed the way that employees use office spaces. Leo A Daly architects looked at the future of office construction and proposed the following strategies:
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«As we consider buildings not as something static, but as something dynamic that can adapt and flex to a particular need, we can provide effective strategic responses, leading us to explore new materials, assemblies and technologies,” the study said.
An office building designed with the COVID-19 pandemic in mind opened this summer in Chicago. The $26 million Fulton East is one of the first in the country to boast features designed to address COVID-19 safety concerns.
The 90,000-square-foot building has been engineered for maximum social distancing, touch-free operation and air and surface sanitization. Other health, safety and wellness enhancements include nonshared 9-by-27-foot private outdoor balconies on each floor, an 8,000-square-foot rooftop garden for individual use and small group meetings.
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