ARCHITECTS and ENGINEERS

Holistically Rethinking the Workplace

Destination workplace. Activity-based workplace. Agile workplace. Mobile workplace. Well-certified workplace. Cognitive-era workplace.

What’s behind the buzz? Most of these workplace labels suggest some generalization about the workplace environment. The risk in generalizations is they can promote a one-size-fits-all mentality. The reality today is that people in most organizations vary widely in terms of socio-economic status, age, gender, sexual preference, religion, geography, language, and culture. Designing workplaces that meet the needs of a diverse workforce requires a holistic approach.

HGA Workplace Strategists Dave Paeper and Melissa Jancourt get beyond the buzz and offer some insight into the dynamics impacting today’s workplace.

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Topics: Corporate

Up Close: William Hodges Hendrix

William Hendrix, AIA, LEED AP, is an Architect, Urbanist and Principal in HGA’s Corporate Studio in Washington, DC. His 32-year career has focused on mixed-use, urban-centric projects nationally and internationally. He currently is working on a Performing Arts Center that is part of a mixed-use Master Plan outside DC. Here, he talks about changes impacting the workplace.

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Topics: Corporate, Arts & Culture

Change Management and Workplace Design

Q&A with The Registry

What are employees’ greatest fears about change management? 

The biggest fear here is the word “change.” Let’s face it, no one likes change. I wish we had another word for this because “change” gets a bit overused these days and everyone has their own definition of what it should mean. In terms of how this impacts workplace design and management; it comes down to communication, and a lot of it.

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Topics: Corporate

Modernized High Performance

Modular heat pumps are among the Whipple Building's energy-efficient systems.

Energy efficiency was an overarching goal for the modernization of the Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Building. Every engineering system, control strategy and design deci­sion was made to reduce the building's energy consump­tion and environmental impact.

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Topics: Corporate, Engineering

Workplace Design Can Change a Corporate Culture

Lillian Chung, Senior Interior Designer at HGA, discusses the process for successfully transforming a traditional workplace into a progressive environment in this Q&A with GlobeSt.com.

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Topics: Corporate

Up Close: Mia Blanchett

Mia Blanchett is a Principal and recently named national Public Market Sector Leader at HGA, where she helps shape workplace culture for state and federal agencies. Her expertise includes master planning, programming, and design. Here, Blanchett talks about how she collaborates with clients to create innovative workplaces.

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Topics: Corporate

Shaping Work: Planning Workplaces for Generation Z

Criteo's new multigenerational New York advertising office.

INTRODUCING GENERATION Z

The design of work environments has undergone major changes in the past decade as Baby Boomers have begun to retire and Gen X'ers and Gen Y'ers (Millennials) have begun to dominate the workforce. Boomers desire for hierarchy and private offices has given way to open offices and more collaborative workstyles.

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Topics: Corporate

The Architect Broker Relationship

Architects often partner with brokers to brainstorm space-planning techniques and create sample renderings for the broker to provide to clients. This aids the broker by improving leasing, the tenant by providing a better visual of the office space, and the architect by garnering new business. In this Q&A with GlobeSt, HGA Principal Win Roney discusses the relationship between brokers and architects when leasing office space.

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Topics: Corporate

What Matters Most in the Workplace

03.31.16
HGA Research

Flexible workspaces and collaboration inspire today's office design.

HGA's Workplace Research Study "What Matters Most in the Workplace" identifies what drives corporate real estate decisions, what design features are most important to workers, and what's in store for the future of workplace strategies.

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Topics: Corporate

Schreiber Foods: Merging Corporate Goals and Urban Reinvestment

A global dairy company consolidates its operations and R&D functions onto a single campus that is building synergy in downtown Green Bay.

Schreiber's Home Office and Global Technology Center in downtown Green Bay, Wisconsin, is a lesson in business strategy and community building. The global dairy company set ambitious goals to transform its business model and civic profile when planning a new 250,000-square-foot headquarters. With approximately 700 employees (or partners, as Schreiber refers to them, since the company is employee owned) locally and 7,000 globally, Schreiber is one of the world’s largest dairy companies. It serves a diverse customer base, from restaurants and institutions to grocery stores and food manufacturers.

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Topics: Corporate, Energy & Infrastructure

Ideas

HGA’s team of architecture, engineering, planning and design experts share their knowledge through research, published articles, white papers, and speaking engagements.