2020 continues to surprise and shock Americans as we live through a tumultuous election season, a global pandemic and daily changes to our typical routines. However, some developers are using the drastic changes from this year as inspiration for the future of commercial properties.
According to the Commerical Real Estate Development Association, developers and commercial property owners are already shifting their priorities when it comes to office spaces. They are looking less for slick modern styles and hope to find a space that focuses on health and wellness for potential companies.
What to expect in future office spaces
To compensate for the wellbeing of employees, developers may need to consider new features in their projects, such as:
- Virtual meeting spaces – While most companies will not transition to fully-remote staff, they may incorporate more remote work for their employees. Virtual meeting rooms will offer a tech-savvy location for those to meet with their remote colleagues during business hours.
- More work stations – Many businesses will move away from stuffy cubicles and open desks. Instead, they may develop a work station that allows more distance between workers offers more room for the individual.
- Doorless restrooms – Designers can incorporate healthier spaces by reducing areas for germs, such as bathroom doors. Everyone has to touch the door to get in and out of the bathroom, so eliminate the need to touch the door and catch other people’s germs.
- Touchless technology – Common areas may incorporate more touchless elements to encourage collaboration without spreading germs across your peers.
- Innovative spaces – While the term is vague, it encompasses the idea that developers will have to make more use of the smallest amount of space. They may have to experiment with office layouts, lobby uses and the aesthetic of functional pieces such as ventilation.
Companies want developers to predict the future for them, whether that means incorporating more tech, more health-conscious designs or even less space for fewer employees. Luckily, developers are the ones that can create the future in their next big project.