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One might think that the rapid evolution of technology and the ability of brokers to work from
home would have a universal impact on
the future of office design by creating
less space per employee. And one would
be wrong—at least according to some
SIORs interviewed for this article. And
while they do observe the impact of
technology, other considerations, such as
the trend toward co-working, will hold
equal weight, they predict.
“Technology is playing a part in how
brokerages are determining the amount
of square feet per employee, but I
suggest that rental rates are a bigger
factor when it comes to brokerages
looking to reduce their footprint,” says
Chad Boddez, SIOR, CCIM, senior
vice president with Jones Lang LaSalle
in Edmonton, Alberta. “Our JLL office
is moving towards 175 square feet per
person due to rents, technology, and the
need to collaborate.”
By Steve Lewis
The Future of
Office Space Design