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I have more questions than answers, but here's a couple that seem out of step with other replies I've seen on this thread...
How sure are we that the work environment changes to be anticipated as a result of COVID-19 will result in less open offices? It seems like if forced to choose between "going back to working from home" and increased capital spending to create larger offices to better isolate people, most businesses are not going to choose the later now that they've been forced to try the former.
And when it comes to lessons learned about contamination from the current pandemic, if COVID-19 were to be the guide, wouldn't it make more sense to use less hard surfaces instead of more? It may seem counter-intuitive, but haven't all reports suggested this virus lives longer on hard surfaces than it does on more absorbent ones?
Just observations & questions...
Kim Otten AIA
Good Samaritan Society
Sioux Falls, SD
That is a question I am wrestling with: How long until we forget?
2022 COVID is gone and we are all going to games, concerts and shopping malls. Are we distancing, wearing masks, even concerned about the "next virus"?
If not, are our project budgets going to support the added costs for specialized systems and design?
Bradley S. Pollitt, AIA
Vice President, Facilities
UF Health Shands Hospital
1600 SW Archer Road
P.O. Box 100366
Gainesville, FL 32610
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I agree. Memories are short. Two years of less from now things will be back to the way they were with a possible few exceptions.
Art Balourdas AIA
San Diego CA
You raise a couple of good points
Regarding materials, I think we can look to healthcare design to influence office design, especially more easily cleanable materials (I.e. hard or impermeable surfaces, etc.) may be the way to go, at least initially.
From a sustainability point of view, what are we going to do with the "excess" furniture that may be jettisoned in this process?
Hank Pohl, AIA, LEED AP Associate Director/ Vice President JLL 1850 Towers Crescent Plaza, Suite 300
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Oscar,What we come back to will certainly be different- Majority of folks who never experienced success Working @ Home have overcome the fear of not working "Face to Face & now see the values of remote working
- They can now prove the point that as long as you have the right work space and the right technology, you can work anywhere.
- They can now testify to the point that working @ home adds quality to life as it reduces/ eliminates the stress of commuting.-They can embrace the fact that they can now have better time with loved ones who are suffering thru this time one way or another- while being productive working @ h