Future Buildings: Commercial Design in a Post-Pandemic World
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many people are waiting to return to work. But what will that look like?
Will future buildings be different as a result of the virus? Many of the questions are yet unanswered and will take time to develop before any consensus is met in the industry. With that said, we believe there will be a number of changes to workspaces – both short-term and long-term following the coronavirus pandemic that could alter the future of commercial real estate. Keep reading to learn more about how business offices will change and find out some post COVID-19 commercial building trends to be aware of.
Need for Larger Spaces / Modification of Existing Spaces
Social distancing protocols call for people to be no closer than six feet away from all other people requiring each individual to have 36 square feet of space. Retail locations, in particular, may have to make changes to accommodate this. In office spaces, any community areas will likely have to be expanded to allow for more space per individual. Offices set up with cubicles or an open concept design may also have to make changes to provide each employee with the appropriate amount of space. Alternatively, to maintain social distancing protocol, offices may rotate work schedules to avoid having too many people in the building at the same time.
Air Filtration in Existing Buildings
Will there be mandated changes to existing buildings that will help limit the spread of dangerous viruses moving forward? One change we expect to see is how air is allowed to move through most office buildings. At the moment, these can cause airborne viruses to spread because of many reasons including lack of microbial filtration and access to fresh air intake.
Focus on Health in Building Design
Overall, we expect the shift in building design to move towards a focus on protecting the health of those who are working there. In most cases, this will happen by ensuring there is more space per person and better filtration in HVAC systems. With building designs that keep peoples’ health in mind, it can help reduce the impact of new viruses on the workforce. This, in turn, may prevent the need for the shutdowns seen during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ready to Take Your Workspaces into the Future?
Now you know some of the commercial building trends that we believe will start to pop up as soon as people start returning to work after the COVID-19 pandemic is over. As you can see, future buildings will likely look vastly different from the current ones. If you're ready to future-proof your business to prepare for the post-pandemic work environment, contact us today.
We would love to help you decide what your next steps are for your business!