Planning for Open Spaces – CORT Helps Business Centers “Get it Right”

There is a bright spot in commercial real estate, and it’s streaming through floor to ceiling windows in office spaces around the country. From traditional businesses to tech startups, modern, open workspace design is taking off in major metropolitan areas across the country.

Several factors are contributing to the move toward open workspaces with a concentration on multifunctional workspaces. One of the reasons is a reduction in office space. In the 1970’s office space averaged 500 to 700 square feet per employee; in 2010 the average had shrunk to 200 square feet, and is predicted to reach 50 square feet by 2015. There is also a demographic shift in the workforce. By 2025, the average workforce will have five different generational segments to be competing and interacting at work.

The trend toward more collaborative workspaces is also driving change in commercial furnishings as companies forego traditional, closed-off cubicle layouts for open floor plans that breed productivity and employee satisfaction. CORT, an Alliance Business Centers Network Ally, not only recognizes this trend, but embraces it as their product lines are increasingly focused on open workspaces and worker productivity. CORT has recently rolled out its new STAKS collection which, along with the Herman Miller AO2 collection, includes products that are more streamlined in appearance to support highly collaborative work environments.

“Today more than ever there is a need for lightweight furniture that is easily moved to support the growing trend towards ad hoc collaboration and informal group meetings,” said Paula Newell, Vice President, Strategic Business Development. “We work closely with business centers to ensure they have just the right balance for their spaces.”

Just as important as being able to provide high quality furnishings is having the expertise to know where and when each style makes sense. Today with styles converging in offices between residential, contract and hospitality, CORT’s space planning services and design experts are being used more and more frequently by centers wanting to “get it right”. CORT works with clients to create professional lay-outs which enable the customer to choose the preferred design before the first piece of furniture is delivered.

Through space planning and CORT’s stylish furnishings, business centers get that “open” workspace feeling with light and airy finishes.

CORT is also mindful of the needs of mobile workers requiring “touch-down” spaces with inventory such as a rolling pedestal file with a cushion on top that doubles as a guest seat. Mobile furnishings are just one new addition to CORT’s inventory in anticipation of increased demand for open workspace solutions. Growing companies want to increase the frequency and effectiveness of collaboration at all levels by supporting team-based work wherever and whenever it happens.

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CORT has clearly kept on the cutting edge of design, bringing these contemporary workspace visions to life for companies looking to maximize worker productivity with a lean approach to space utilization. The economic benefits of outsourcing asset management and the financial benefits of well planned, open workspaces geared toward employee productivity are two of the many reasons companies have partnered with CORT.

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