Vibrant Microcommunity: Dekker/Perich/Sabatini’s Office Interior of the Future

December 15, 2014

Dekker/Perich/Sabatini (D/P/S) saw the office build-out of the future as an opportunity to rejuvenate an aging 1980s-era office building in an up-and-coming urban location in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and transform it into a vibrant microcommunity and mixed-use Class A office building.

The D/P/S concept garnered the highest votes during a live vote at Development ’14 for the “most achievable project by 2020.”

Repurposing existing space is the most practical and sustainable way to support communities, according to the concept, and the microcommunity includes retail, residential and coworking spaces, and is rich with shared amenities.

By including an array of shared and employee-only amenities, D/P/S’s concept makes it possible to reduce dedicated tenant space and increase shared space, allowing for improved access and amenities.

Food and beverage options range from a coffee/wine bar to community dining areas, attracting building occupants around the clock and stretching the boundaries of the workday from daytime into the evening. Within the office space, a private dining area equipped with a buffet counter provides an area that can be used for working lunches, client presentations and other office meetings.

In-building amenities like childcare and pet services, an integrative pharmacy and a deli/grocery enable employees to spend less time away from the office and be less distracted by the need to run off-site errands. Within the office space itself, amenities such as a “tele-med room” allow workers to conference with their doctors and other health care professionals with the click of a button, in a private setting. Wellness in the office of the future goes far beyond a fitness room and showers with a multistory walking path that wraps around the structure, and a green rooftop allows occupants to garden in raised beds.

Three winners of NAIOP’s 2014 Interior Design/Build-Out of the Future competition – Dekker/Perich/Sabatini in Albuquerque, New Mexico; DLR Group in Chicago; and Ware Malcomb in Irvine, California – presented their concepts during a special session at NAIOP’s Development ’14 conference in Denver.

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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 20,000 members in North America. NAIOP advances responsible commercial real estate development and advocates for effective public policy. For more information, visit

Kathryn Hamilton