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24 October 2017

Tom Polucci Discusses the “Slow Death of the Open Plan Office” with BD+C

Organizations like the DFA are using workplace design to support their efforts to attract and keep the best people.

Excerpted from BD+C:

Last April, Dairy Farmers of America moved into a new 110,000-square-foot headquarters in Kansas City, Kan., that has only nine traditional offices, versus more than 175 offices in its old headquarters. Meeting rooms and workstations can be rearranged easily to accommodate current needs and future growth. The new headquarters is rich in amenities, including a fire pit, outdoor conference rooms, and basketball and bocce courts.

HOK, which designed DFA’s headquarters, is seeing the “slow death of the open plan” and the evolution of activity-based workspaces into more collaborative neighborhood-based environments, says Tom Polucci, AIA, IIDA, LEED GA, director of interiors with HOK.

Polucci also cautions companies need to be careful not to disenfranchise older employees by “overstimulating” workplaces with technology and highlights the “corporate regeneration” trend, in which organizations are optimizing existing space to support workplace trends and changing needs.