Commercial office design + COVID-19

a FOX Architects resource

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The global COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has upended how we work and live. As we look toward the next chapter of what may come next, FOX Architects is working on many of the issues that will need to be sorted out in a post-pandemic world: what will the workplace look like? How do we design built environments for wellness, sustainability, and public health? Why do we still need offices?

This page is an information hub for our thought leadership on design, the workplace, and COVID-19. If you have questions about topics related to COVID-19 and commercial office environments, please contact us.

 

FOX_DC-05-b-1What is the Value of an Office?

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As the weeks and months roll on, what were once major challenges have become the new normal, and some are wondering why we need offices at all. Here are some of the reasons why, in our professional opinion, the office isn’t going away anytime soon.

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fox architects office case study

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In every sector, businesses like ours are evaluating how to improve their workplace environments for health and safety, adding these imperatives to concerns for wellness, productivity, team-building, and more. Knowing how to modify your workplace in these uncertain times is a challenge we understand as we’re facing it with our own office. We want to share with you how we’re tackling these issues at FOX Architects as we make short- and long-term changes to our office environment, policies and procedures, workplace strategy, and technology. Download our office case study here.

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FOX office bannerPost-Pandemic Design Services for Tenants

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Across industries, organizations of all sizes are trying to determine when and how to return to the office. It’s a challenging time for decision makers trying to navigate the health, safety, and well-being of their people, and we want to help. We offer our post-pandemic design services to modify your workplace for health, safety, and wellness, helping you succeed with peace of mind in this new landscape. Learn more about how we can help you get back to the office. 

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Post-Pandemic Design Services for Landlords and Property Managers

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As property managers and landlords assess how to modify their buildings in light of COVID-19, we know it's a challenging time to make decisions. Choosing the right solutions for your building asset and community isn't easy, and we want to help. We offer our post-pandemic design services to modify your building for health, safety, and wellness, helping you succeed with peace of mind in this new landscape. Learn more about how we can get your building ready.

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IMG_4440Designing Through a Pandemic: How We're Using Technology in the Midst of COVID-19

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From concept presentations, design presentations and reviews, frequent check-ins with clients and partners, and even team design charrettes, FOX Architects is leveraging technology and rising to the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more from our staff.

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THE POST-PANDEMIC WORKPLACE COULD BE THE MOST INCLUSIVE WORKPLACE WE’VE EVER DESIGNED

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While our industry aims to thoughtfully consider how this global health pandemic will change the nature, function, and design goals of our workplaces, we are presented with a unique opportunity to apply a new lens to challenges that have existed in workplaces for decades. 

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the future of post-pandemic workplace design

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Chairman and Principal of FOX Architects, Bob Fox dives in to the permanent changes Covid-19 will have on workplace design, the most important one being how workspaces will have to be designed to connect and bring people together to collaborate and interact rather than just for productivity and space efficiency.

Listen here.

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Evolution or Revolution? Changes in Workspaces in Response to COVID-19

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As businesses begin to reopen, there are numerous questions about safe workspace configurations, from physical barriers to employee seating to open versus closed spaces. The National Academies’ Federal Facilities Council (FFC) invites you to join us for a webinar that explores changes to workspaces in response to COVID-19. During the webinar, invited speakers Mr. Charles Hardy and Ms. Michelle Reyman discuss near-term workspace adaptations as facility managers seek to reopen safely, and changes to workspace design and layout that we might see in the longer term.

Watch the webinar here.

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LiveStream_BobFox-e1598898800744iOFFICE Workplace Innovator Livestream Webinar with Guest Bob Fox

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FOX Architects Principal and Work Design Magazine’s Publisher, Bob Fox joins iOFFICE‘s Director of Events, Mike Petrusky and Field Events Manager, Madison Dujka. In this interactive segment, Bob shares unique insights and findings from the recently completed Next Work Environment Competition. 

Watch the webinar here.

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our design director talks post-pandemic open offices

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FOX Architects Associate and Design Director Marie Moutsos joins furniture solutions provider MOI's podcast for a discussion on how the pandemic will evolve the open work environment, the future of materiality, how our firm is continuing to collaborate while working remotely, and more. Glean Marie's insights here.

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wbj_post-imageTENANTS STRUGGLE TO BUILD A BRIDGE TO SOMEWHERE

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Economic uncertainty and shifts to a remote workforce have businesses pondering short-term fixes ahead of longer-term, more substantial changes to come. Michelle V. Reyman, Associate and Director of Workplace Strategy at FOX Architects, contributes to this Washington Business Journal article discussing how businesses are considering a return to the workplace in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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What's Fueling Change in Workplace Design

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What is the future of workplace design after COVID-19? What are the new business metrics of workplace design? Is this the demise of the open office? Principal Bob Fox shares his insights in episode 6 of The Future Offices Podcast. Listen here.

 

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Returning to a New Workplace

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Beyond creating safe and healthy environments, what will the ‘new normal’ workplace look and feel like Does the workplace need to become more personalized, more human, more adaptable? Principal Bob Fox and others discuss what the return to the workplace might look like in the midst of the global pandemic.

Watch the webinar here.

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Designing the Post-Pandemic City: a bisnow webinar with principal JP Spickler

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While the offices are quiet and the highways are empty, architects and planners have an opportunity to step back and assess the future of America's busiest epicenters and how urban planning can keep residents healthy and sane. Bisnow is excited to bring together some of the greatest minds in D.C.'s architecture and design industry to postulate what the future of urban design may look like - and how it will change how we live, work, and play in the nation's capital and beyond.

Watch the recording here.

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DSCF3111 edited smallerNurturing a Healthy Organizational Culture: The Intersection of Space and Culture

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More and more associations are discovering the impact that office space and design can have on organizational culture. Some associations have completed major relocations to facilitate a change in direction or to reorient employees toward a new way of working together. Others are implementing new workplace initiatives in existing spaces to better support their values, brand, people, and future work. Join FOX Architects Principal Andy Yeh and ASAE for a discussion on how the design of a workplace can foster collaboration and community, achieve business goals, and help protect the health and safety of staff in a post-pandemic world.

Register here to view the recorded webinar.

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Principal Bob Fox Chats With a Futurist and Tech Expert

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FOX Architects Chairman and Principal Bob Fox spoke with futurist and technology expert Adam Zuckerman on what the workplace could look like in a post-pandemic world and the technologies that will play vital roles in how we work in the future.

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DSCF1205 edited smaller-1ASID Webinar, moderated by Principal Bob Fox

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FOX Architects Chairman and Principal Bob Fox moderated this online ASID panel on how employers and employees can prepare for a return to the office.

Learn how designers can safely and successfully reenter the workplace and how employers can best support their staff through the transition. ASID brings together a panel representing various areas of the interior design community to provide insight on the best strategies to create a smart rebound from home to work. 

Click here to watch 'Returning to Your Workplace: What to Consider' 

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FOX Architects is proud to sponsor this Washington Business Journal discussion of the resources landlords and tenants are relying on to adjust to new office layouts and keep workers healthy and productive in 2020 and beyond. Watch the recorded webinar here.

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webinar screenshotHow will stress and anxiety from home isolation impact our return to the workplace?

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Stress and anxiety play a major role in our overall health, so how will our current situation impact us in the future? FOX Architects Principal Bob Fox discusses these issues and more in this conversation.

Watch the webinar here.

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KeyWThe risk and the opportunity post COVID-19: FM perspective

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Principal Bob Fox considers how facilities managers might approach the return to the workplace. Read the article here.

 

 

 

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