Midlands Business Journal | August 14, 2015
“Trendy features join forces with unique staff needs in office design”
Scott Heaney, AIA, was featured in Midlands Business Journal’s Office Design Trends edition. To read the entire article, see pages 26 and 31 of the August 14 edition of the Midlands Business Journal. His complete Q&A follows.
Q. What examples of trends first come to mind when you hear the phrase “office design trends?”
A. First and foremost are Apple, Google, Facebook, et. al. Large, highly profitable tech companies driving the trends of employee engagement and extra amenities. As a result of their highly publicized new corporate digs, these companies have created a strong downstream perception that leaves a lot of “normal” companies sincerely wondering if their current mode of operation is good enough and sustainable.
Q. When did some of these trends start to emerge or take hold?
A. Open office trends are not new and were first tested in the 1970′s, but the recent great recession starting in 2008 forced companies out of business and other companies into a new cycle of re-focusing how they should be better using their space. Read more