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Reducing Space Doesn’t Always Lower Rent for Federal Agencies

Posted by Donna Chaney on Jul 19, 2018

Topics: Space Transition, Space Reduction and Utilization, Federal Rent, Office rent costs

 

By Donna Chaney, Senior Consultant

In recent years, space reduction projects have become increasingly popular among federal agencies, both as a way to provide an updated and more efficient office layout (think mobility, telework, hoteling, collaborative spaces, etc.), and as a way to attract a younger generation of workers. But agencies also cite a reduction in rent costs as one of the top reasons for reducing their office space, and with good reason. In 2014, it was estimated that the federal government spends $4.2 billion in rent. But does a reduction in space always translate to a corresponding reduction in rent payments? You might be surprised by the answer.

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Create an Open Office Plan that Works for Everyone

Posted by Keith Fentress on Apr 20, 2017

Topics: Open Office Design, Space Transition, Space Reduction and Utilization

By Keith Fentress, Executive Consultant

We are going to speak affirmatively about adapting from a traditional office environment to an open floor plan.  You've seen this in any number of places over the years. What might not be recognized is that this move provides an opportunity for change. Not just a change in how the office looks and feels, but a change in the culture of the organization. 

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Get Analysts and Architects on the Same Team for your Space Transition Project

Posted by Keith Fentress on Apr 6, 2017

Topics: Open Office Design, Space Transition, Space Reduction and Utilization

By Donna Chaney, Senior Consultant

If your organization has undergone a space transition, you most likely followed a typical path. First, you gathered input from managers and perhaps even staff about their needs and preferences. Next, you may have worked with a planner to identify the square footages required. After these initial steps, you got to the “meat and potatoes” - designing and constructing the space. (And finally, there’s the ribbon-cutting ceremony, but we’ll save that for another blog!)

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Is Vacant Space an Undiscovered Asset in your Office?

Posted by Keith Fentress on Mar 9, 2017

Topics: Flexible Workspace, Open Office Design, Space Reduction and Utilization

By Danny Rupp, Web Developer/Architectural Designer

Are you aware of how much vacant space you are currently paying for in your office? You may occasionally walk around and notice one or two empty offices or workstations and not think much of it. But if you add up all the vacant spaces on one floor, or even across multiple floors in a building, you might be surprised by exactly how much space is sitting there gathering dust. You may be expending valuable resources to support vacant space that is giving nothing back, and that could be utilized much more efficiently in an open office design.

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Evolution vs. Free-Will: What Drives Our Office Space Design Preferences?

Posted by Keith Fentress on Jan 26, 2017

Topics: Open Office Design, Space Transition, Space Reduction and Utilization, Space Transition Design Psychology

By Keith Fentress, Executive Consultant, and Alan Ruby, Senior Architectural Consultant

As any space planner or architectural designer can tell you, a lot of detail and thought goes into developing plans for a workplace. With the recent trend towards open offices and mobility, the need for careful space planning is even more essential. But behind the programs of requirements, stacking plans, and furniture concepts, are there underlying needs that drive our desire for certain types of spaces?

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Survey Says: Employee Feedback Vital for Open Office Project

Posted by Keith Fentress on Dec 15, 2016

Topics: Open Office Design, Space Transition, Space Reduction and Utilization

By Alison Jones, Lead Consultant

So, the decision has been made. You’re going to embark on a space transition project that is destined to change the face of your organization, promote collaboration and creativity, and save substantial rent dollars over the coming years. A concept sketch has been drafted, and it’s a beauty. Wide open spaces, cozy areas for brainstorming – even leather benches that double as storage. Who wouldn’t love it?

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Design Psychology: Connecting People to the Workplace

Posted by Keith Fentress on Nov 3, 2016

Topics: Open Office Design, Space Reduction and Utilization, Space Transition Design Psychology

By Keith Fentress, Executive Consultant

There is quite a bit of debate right now about the best office design. In recent years, the trend has been toward open and collaborative workspaces (with many managers requesting the “Google layout”) but there is also a dissenting faction that believes that a traditional environment is far more productive. Just Google the phrase “google office layout” and you’ll see a list of articles that include “Google Got it Wrong – the Open Office Trend is Destroying the Workplace” and “Google Didn’t Get it Wrong: A Deeper Look Into that Recent Article About Open Offices” – a small sample of the wide variety, and disparity, of opinions on the benefits of non-traditional workplaces.

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Beach Blanket Bingo: Why Giving Up Office Space Can Be So Hard

Posted by Keith Fentress on Oct 20, 2016

Topics: Open Office Design, Space Transition, Space Reduction and Utilization

By Donna Chaney, Senior Analyst

Once you stake out your space on the beach, it’s really hard to make room for others who show up later in the day with their own set of blankets, coolers, and sand shovels. Giving up office space for a shared workspace can be just as hard.

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Collaboration FAIL: Success Is Dependent on More Than Just Design

Posted by Keith Fentress on Aug 11, 2016

Topics: Open Office Design, Space Transition, Space Reduction and Utilization, Collaborative Workspaces

By Alan S. Ruby, Senior Architect

Is there more to achieving collaborative open office spaces than just good design? The all-too-common dissatisfaction with the performance of open offices would suggest so. A note to myself and other architects involved in this pursuit; be humble, look at the broader picture.

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Easy as Pi: Calculating Open Office Space Needs

Posted by Keith Fentress on Jul 14, 2016

Topics: Flexible Workspace, Open Office Design, Space Transition, Mobile Workforce Solutions, Space Reduction and Utilization, Collaborative Workspaces

By Alan S. Ruby, Senior Architectural Consultant

Want to know how much open office space you’ll need per person in your new layout? This post guides you through where to start to calculate your office space needs.

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