The Office of the Future Comes to Denver
The Office of the Future isn't just for the coasts—it's for any dynamic market that attracts Millennials, which definitely includes Denver. That's why we're excited to present the Denver Office of the Future event, which starts at 7:30am on Aug. 25 at the Four Seasons Denver.
Office design of the future will be more representative of the environments that people care about in their living spaces, Zeppelin Development principal Kyle Zeppelin, who will be one of our speakers, tells us. "Rather than high-tech features, there's an emphasis on natural elements—fresh air, spaces that open up to landscape, thoughtful finishes, and timeless, clean design," he says.
"Open floor plans with more programmed break-out spaces are more aligned with the more collaborative way that modern companies work," Kyle continues. "Buildings stocked with amenity features, including multiple independent food and drink, fitness, and beauty are becoming a requirement rather than the exception." Pictured: the 100k SF Gauge, which Zeppelin will start work on next year in RiNo. It will include spaces that open up to green roofs and a wide array of amenities.
Offices are increasingly about collaboration and not necessarily "work," explains Uber Technologies general manager, Denver, Will McCollum, who will also be one of our speakers. "Of course, everyone has a job to do and has to get the work done, but that said, team members have the ability to work from coffee shops, home or even in an Uber on the way to the airport."
In other words, the ability to work isn't necessarily a function of location, Will tells us. "An office space is about achieving the kind of collaboration, understanding and cooperation that can only come from interacting in a space together," he says. "The whole idea is that the space facilitates a product that's greater than simply the sum of individuals' work."
Lyla Gambow, who will be a speaker, is definitely optimistic about the prospects for the office of the future. "Office space is alive and well and will continue to be," she says. There will of course be changes in its dynamics, synergy, and the productivity-enhancing features that can be built into a building, "but all in all, I believe the Denver office buildings are a safe investment."