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Creative Office Is King

WASHINGTON DC 04.27.2017


A New President & GSA: What Does That Mean For You?

Norman Dong -- U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
Tom Finan -- Trammell Crow Company
Bruce Childs -- USAA Real Estate
Creative Office Is King

JC Anderson has a cool crib and builds cool cribs, so we knew we needed its president, Mike Yazbec, at Bisnow’s Chicago Creative Office Summit on Jan. 30. From a construction perspective, he’s seeing dollars/SF reallocated as companies build out more collaborative workspaces (goodbye, drywall), with more money being alloted to technology (wireless, cabling) and amenities (cafes, pool tables, etc). Computer rooms are also a thing of the past, now that companies don’t need to keep data storage in their expensive downtown real estate. They might have a technology closet, he says, which connects to their main data storage off in somewhere like South Dakota. (We wonder where South Dakotans keep their data.)

Creative Office Is King

Here’s JC’s in-office basketball court for proof of creative office cred (it also just finished a cool open-plan space for Retail Properties of America in Oak Brook). “We’re trying to embrace the trend and give people the flexibility to blow off a little steam," Mike says. And he doesn’t see this wave slowing. It’s a more effective use of space now that technology has enabled people to work in nontraditional environments, but you can never replace face-to-face connectivity, he adds. The potential challenge lies with HR: How do you manage more scattered employees and keep them engaged in the company culture and values? (Might we suggest online NBA Jam tournaments.)