During a three-panel event hosted by Commercial Observer, experts and analysts discussed changes in the office market that are expected to occur over the next few years in terms of design, wellness initiatives and flexible office space.
The first panel called “Office Triage: Assessing the Short- And Long-Term Changes Being Applied to Trophy Assets” featured landlords and architects discussing what short-term office changes will be made in the near future. For instance, Craig Deitelzweig, CEO of Marx Realty, said his company is working to create individual bathrooms and workout rooms, as well as encourage the use of outdoor terraces.
Additionally, Gavin Evans, executive VP of Columbia Property Trust, said that some of Columbia’s buildings are considering moving away from large open floor plans and continue to become more decentralized.
During the second panel, which was called “Fixing for a Pandemic: The Synergies of Green Building & Post-Pandemic Remediation,” experts discussed how energy efficiency and wellness have become essential for offices.
According to John Gilbert of Rudin Management, the best way for building owners to become more energy efficient is to collect building usage data, then identify what areas of the space are potentially using too much energy.