Space Use

Top 10 Reports of 2021

Published 1-5-2022

2021 was another unprecedented year, with rapidly changing capital project priorities. New directions in science funding, the current and future realities of in-person and hybrid learning and work environments, and what it now takes to recruit and retain workers, students, and faculty were items of highest interest. Here is the top ten list of Tradeline articles that your peers found particularly helpful in navigating 2021 and preparing for 2022 and beyond.

Unum Transitions to Universal Systematic Floor Plan with No Private Offices

Sweeping Transformation Offers Flexibility, Supports Remote Work, Frees Up Real Estate

Published 11-10-2021

An aggressive workplace transformation to an open floorplate with no private offices, implemented across 1 million-plus sf in three locations, allowed Unum Group to consolidate about 40 percent of its worldwide real estate portfolio, turning the vacated space into $53 million in sub-leasing revenue over the next 10 years. Despite the consolidation, the refurbished office buildings are equipped with a raft of appealing amenities, from coffee bars, micromarkets, and cafeterias to fitness centers, quiet rooms, and gaming areas.

Unassigned Space at Colleges and Universities

Is Academia Coming Around to Free-Addressing?

Published 8-18-2021

Faculty in higher education often spend less than 20 percent of their workday at their assigned desks, so why do they still have them? It is a question that academic administrators are asking, as they look for ways to provide building occupants with the spaces they need to do their work and the autonomy to select the right space for the right task, all within an increasingly constrained campus footprint. Corporate offices have been making the transition to unassigned seating for years now, and despite trepidation, there are signs that academia may be following suit: In a recent survey of 88 U.S. colleges and universities (conducted by the Society for College and University Planning and brightspot, a Buro Happold company), about 62 percent of respondents said they are pursuing more flexible or unassigned workspaces for administrative staff, and 54 percent are planning to do so for academic work facilities, as well.

Space Strategies 2022

October 24-25, 2022
Austin, TX

At this conference, you’ll get the critical space planning data, metrics, processes, and solutions that you’ll need to meet your goals for successful hybrid and digital workplace initiatives, higher space utilization, data collection and reporting, multi-purpose spaces and increased flexibility, improved space allocation processes, better workplace engagement and experience, lower occupancy cost, and increased organizational performance.

Hybrid Workspaces: Facility and Operational Considerations

What the Pandemic has Taught Us about the Flexible Workplace

Published 7-21-2021

Occupancy restrictions are being lifted across the country, and companies and institutions are anxious to get back to business. But it’s clear that for many, the workplace will never look the same. After a year-and-a-half of maintaining only a virtual presence in the office, classroom, and to some extent even the lab, employees want to retain some of the autonomy and flexibility they discovered while working remotely. And employers, who have learned that much of the corporate and academic mission can be fulfilled from anywhere without sacrificing productivity, want to make better use of their space. One likely scenario going forward is a hybrid workplace—a combination of remote and in-person activity. In a recent Tradeline survey of 155 individuals at 115 organizations nationwide, 76 percent of the respondents named hybrid workplaces as their top space planning and management priority.

Curricular and Co-Curricular Spaces Merge Seamlessly in a Single Academic Facility

Rollins College’s New Campus Center Exemplifies an Applied Liberal Arts Education

Published 6-9-2021

Kathleen W. Rollins Hall at Rollins College in Orlando, Fla., embodies the social/entrepreneurial mission of the college and exemplifies the meaning of an applied liberal arts education. Opened in January 2020, the 29,225-sf facility collocates 10 programs that immerse students in global learning opportunities and partnerships, both on and off campus.