ULI Cincinnati Hosted The Effect of COVID-19 on Active Construction: Project Suspensions
Thanks to our annual sponsor, J.S. Held LLC, members and non-members joined us for an online event on April 15, 2020 for a brown bag lunch.
It’s hard to believe that over a month ago we pivoted in the span of 24-hours to a 100% work remote format. In this relatively brief period of time, we have had to learn and adapt to new patterns of behavior, ways of conducting business, and approaches to connecting with clients, colleagues and the like. These initially disruptive changes have caused us to contemplate the lasting impacts of the pandemic on the built environment, specifically the corporate Workplace.
Without a doubt, the current pandemic will forever change the nature of work.
We can’t even begin to comprehend the more significant cultural changes that may remain: redefining the traditional parameters of a 40-hour work week and 8-hour day; ubiquitous fully-immersive technology solutions that we’ve only just begun to scratch the surface on; business travel – do I really need to fly or drive to that meeting when I’ve become quite accustomed and efficient with virtual ones?
As discussions have started on the reopening of business in Ohio, here are five ideas we have been discussing internally and with our clients on how the workplace may change in the coming months:
Most likely, these design program reversals will not occur as simply a regression to the past. More likely, we will embrace and extend some of the trends already in progress. Here are five extended ideas on where we can advance design to accelerate the next positive evolution of the workplace strategically:
Resilient businesses will learn from the challenges we faced during the pandemic. They will embrace the most positive aspects of the ways we adapted, ultimately defining their new normal.
We know it is vital to innovate and move forward. We believe that design will lead the way and champion the high-value return to the office. We will get through this.
Jeffrey Sackenheim, AIA, LEED AP, is a licensed architect and an Owner at SHP. He leads SHP’s Workplace Studio and serves as its Creative Director. Jeffrey specializes in design-forward corporate, retail and commercial projects. Clients benefit from the boundary-blurring themes and trends that have emerged via an overlay of these building types, whether in design forces, construction techniques, or both. Jeffrey is an AIA Cincinnati Past President and past chair of the Cincinnati Design Awards.
Brady Mick, AIA, is SHP’s Director of Strategic Design. He is Top Faculty at CoreNet Global and co-creator/teacher of the Masters of Corporate Real estate workplace designation (MCRw). Brady researches psychology, philosophy and history in pursuit of building meaning into the resources invested into designing for the future of work. He provides design strategy and leadership to clients by focusing his 30 years of professional experience on thought leadership, research and social dynamics.
SHP (@SHP_design) is an Annual Sponsor of ULI Cincinnati.