Greater KC Chamber of Commerce Panel: Future of Workspace Post-Pandemic
Over the last year Covid-19 has had a tremendous impact on office space and real estate development. With businesses shifting to remote work and becoming increasingly adaptable to a variety of work situations, many companies are re-evaluating where and how their associates work long-term.
The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce reconvened their national panel of real estate and workplace design experts to discuss some of the opportunities and challenges companies face as they plan for the future of office space post-pandemic.
Mathew McFadden, Executive Managing Director and Principal with Newmark Zimmer, moderated the panel, which featured:
Jason Larry: Vice President, Global Real Estate with Mondelez International
Roy Abernathy: Executive Vice President of Global Workplace Strategy & Human Experience with Newmark
Erika Moody: Principal, Interior Designer with Helix Architecture + Design
Koo MacQueen: Director of Real Estate-Americas with Honeywell
You can view the full presentation here:
“The purpose of the office had already been evolving pre-pandemic. It was evolving away from a place where you needed to be to get work done and towards a place that people want to be to connect… If you are with me on the purpose of the office changing away from being a place where you need to go to get work done and towards a place where you want to connect, then the priority of space given in the office has to shift away from heads down, individual assigned desks and offices, towards prioritizing your space on a variety of connection and collaboration settings.”
— Jason Larry, Vice President, Global Real Estate
— Koo MacQueen, Director of Real Estate-Americas
“81% of the leaders we surveyed across the US said that they would need to implement a new workplace strategy. Now that does not mean tear everything down architecturally and build it back but it does mean really thinking about work and how work gets done.”
— Roy Abernathy, Executive Vice President of Global Workplace Strategy & Human Experience
“This is going to be a bit of an experiment moving forward and companies need to embrace that. We have several clients getting out on the forefront right now and looking at spaces that they are treating as test labs…where they can bring people back safely, test out different furniture layouts, technologies, zoom rooms, spaces where they can have a hybrid experience – people working from home and the office together collectively. They’re also recognizing that they might not get it 100% right, right out of the gate.”
— Erika Moody, Principal, Interior Designer with Helix Architecture + Design
Thank you president / CEO Joe Reardon and the Real Estate Committee of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce for organizing this event and continually elevating the conversation around workplace design within the Kansas City community.