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On-site Productivity, Engagement and Comfort Drive Next Generation of Millennial-based Office Designs

Say goodbye to bland-looking cubicles, dueling thermostat wars, constructed walls and flat panel TVs, as the office of the future instead will be comprised of sleeping pods, self-luminous walls and treadmill-operated desks, according to winning entries in NAIOP’s 2014 Build-Out/Interior Design Competition. Winning entries were submitted by design firms Dekker/Perich/Sabatini, Albuquerque, New Mexico; DLR Group, offices coast-to-coast; and Ware Malcomb, Irvine, California.

In its third year, the competition invited architectural firms and design teams who work with developers and owners to conceptualize and design the optimal interior/build out Class “A” office space of a multitenant office building preferably by utilizing adaptive reuse and redevelopment techniques.

While each entry showcased distinctive and abstract design elements, all of them incorporated universal themes of flexibility, practicality and personalization into creating unique spaces that increase employee productivity, function more efficiently and generate sustainability.

“Commercial office trends are increasingly dynamic in nature. In order to attract and retain top talent, future office space designs will cater to the employee experience in a setting laid out more in consideration of tasks than career status,” said Thomas J. Bisacquino, president and CEO of NAIOP. “As progressive thought leaders in commercial real estate development, this year’s winners have showcased exceptional cutting-edge, yet practical, concepts that will allow businesses to prosper as employees become more engaged from working in environments that nurture optimal performance.”

Dekker/Perich/Sabatini (D/P/S) emphasized community throughout its concept which transformed an aging 1980s-era office building as a means to support local business but also create micro-communities within the space - giving more people more access to more amenities. Daycare facilities, pet walking/grooming services, an integrative pharmacy and a Tele-Med room connecting workers directly to healthcare professionals, reduce the frequency of off-site errands. Wellness amenities stretch beyond a fitness room to include a multi-story walking path wrapped around the entire site, leading to gardens, grilling stations and a lighted dance floor adorning the rooftop.

DLR Group coins its office space of the future The Magnet. Upon entering the facility, an IT concierge directs guests to Team Hives or Privacy Hives, which, depending upon the concentration necessary to complete specific tasks, are strategically located either in the center or along perimeters. Ergonomic furniture embedded with noise cancelling technology allow users to immediately adapt what they hear, while nanoparticle lighting systems adjust how workers see by scattering light similar to the Earth’s atmosphere. Air filters containing plants are part of biowalls that improve air quality, save energy and create a calming ambiance.

Ware Malcomb’s future office space is organized into work zones aptly named Focus, Collaborative, Team and Quiet, based on the scope of work and level of concentration required. Separate workstation models contain treadmills, bicycles and smart panel technology. Lighting, electrical power, day lighting and HVAC functions are all seamlessly integrated, and old-school technology like projectors, LED screens and flat panel TVs will give way to organic light-emitting diode (OLED) devices for more efficient use of power.

All three firms will present their concepts on Tuesday, October 28, during the breakfast general session at Development ‘14: The Meeting for Commercial Real Estate in Denver, Colorado. Representatives from each firm will be available to discuss their concepts after the session.

The design competition presentation is sponsored by Avison Young; Ballard Spahr LLP; Clarion Partners; CORT Furniture; Transwestern Development Company; Vulcan Real Estate.

Media are invited to attend but must be pre-registered. To register, contact Kathryn Hamilton via email at Hamilton@naiop.org or 703-904-7100.

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About NAIOP
NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, is the leading organization for developers, owners and related professionals in office, industrial, retail and mixed-use real estate. NAIOP comprises 15,000 members in North America. NAIOP advances responsible commercial real estate development and advocates for effective public policy. For more information, visit naiop.org or contact Kathryn Hamilton, NAIOP Vice President for Communications, at hamilton@naiop.org or 703-904-7100.

About Dekker/Perich/Sabatini
Dekker/Perich/Sabatini (D/P/S) has served clients in the Southwest for more than 50 years. Founded in 1959 in Albuquerque by the father of current principal Dale Dekker, D/P/S was formed in 1998 with the merger of Dekker/Perich & Associates and Holmes/Sabatini & Associates. Today, Dekker/Perich/Sabatini is an ENR Top 500 design firm operating as one multidisciplinary firm providing architecture, landscape architecture, planning, interior design, and structural engineering services for clients in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and throughout the country.

About DLR Group
DLR Group is an interdisciplinary design firm providing architecture, engineering, planning, and interior design from offices coast-to-coast and in China. Our promise is to elevate the human experience through design. This promise inspires sustainable design for a diverse group of public and private sector clients; local communities; and our planet. DLR Group fully supports the initiatives and goals of the 2030 Challenge and is an initial signatory to the AIA 2030 Commitment.

About Ware Malcomb
Ware Malcomb offers planning, architecture, interior design, graphic design and civil engineering services to commercial real estate and corporate clients. Established in 1972, Ware Malcomb is an international design firm with 16 office locations throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Panama. The firm specializes in the design of commercial office, industrial, science & technology, healthcare, retail, auto dealerships, public/educational facilities and renovation projects. Ware Malcomb was among the top 25 architectural firms in Engineering News-Record’s national ranking of the Top 500 Design Firms of 2014, while the firm’s interior design group was recognized as one the nation’s 2014 Top 100 Giants in Interior Design magazine.