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ULI Washington: Workplace of the Future – Public and Private Trends and Challenges Event Recap

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On May 2nd, ULI Washington convened a group of over 150 government and private sector practitioners to learn about the Workplace of the Future including Public and Private Trends and Challenges.  Thomas James, Deputy Regional Commissioner for the Public Buildings Service at GSA, National Capital Region was the keynote speaker and two panels provided an overview of the federal government perspective trends and challenges, private sector and government workplace best practices, and the impacts of the changing world of work on the region.  Richard Perlmutter from Argo Development Company facilitated the program.

Panelists were:
- James Reidy, Director of Federal Practice Real Estate & Location Strategy, Deloitte Consulting LLP
- Sampriti Ganguli, Managing Director, Government Practice, Corporate Executive Board -Terence O’Connor, Facilities and Services Manager, Accenture LLP
- Mina Wright, Director, Office of Planning & Design Quality, GSA -NCR
- Harriet Tregoning, Director, DC Office of Planning
- Nat Bottigheimer, Assistant General Manager, Planning and Joint Development, WMATA
- Sandy Apgar, Apgar Associates Inc.

Highlights from the proceedings include the following conclusions:

- Both public and private workplaces are embracing a shifting paradigm in space allocation and use
- The ability of a technology-enabled workforce to embrace new ways of working continues to increase
- Notions about status, privacy and occupancy rates are changing
- For the federal government, tightening of the FY2012/13 budgets is a clear motivator to embracing new ways of working
- Mobility strategies include hoteling, desk-sharing, and new collaboration spaces
- Key enablers of mobility include cloud computing, social networking and collaborative tools
- Employees view alternative workplace strategies as benefits to help them achieve their work goals
- Managers, supervisors, and employees need to rethink their roles relative to working in an office as part of a team
- Moving work to the worker enables individual flexibility, transfers savings from facilities to people and values productivity
- IT and furnishing expenses can be an initial barrier to implementation
- Location decisions of federal workplaces will impact the region’s growth and travel patterns over the long term.

A monograph of the salient points from the program is being prepared and will be sent to all participants and posted on the ULI Washington web site in early summer.

Please see links to Presenter PowerPoint Presentation below:
Deloitte Future Workplace Strategies
The Many Flavors of Mobility
Accenture’s Workplace Journey
GSA’s Shifting Paradigm
Regional Impacts of Workplace Trends

 

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