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Is The New Normal the End of Open Offices?

Does COVID-19 and the new workplaces being created to meet new normal requirements signal the end of the open office concept? At Miller’s Landing, a new multi-use development in Castle Rock, CO, we’re following the developments in new normal workspace design closely.

Castle Rock, CO is a growing south Denver suburb along the I-25 corridor. The town is rated as one of the best places to start or locate a business in Colorado. Miller’s Landing is creating a new town center with healthy, sustainable high-tech offices that meet new normal standards. 

A New Emphasis on Social Distancing

While experts are creating new normal office design concepts, one recurring theme is the possible end of the popular open office plan. For years, many companies have embraced the concept. By removing barriers between workers and placing desks and work stations close together, the open office created a more open environment. Its intent was to encourage collaboration and interaction between workers.

Today, it’s a concept that seems the opposite of the social distancing needed to maintain worker safety. 

Does COVID-19 and the new normal mean the end of the open office? Maybe not. While many workplaces won’t exist in their current formats, some experts believe open, inviting workplaces will remain popular and evolve to meet the requirements of the new normal. 

A recent article in Vox outlined the latest thinking in new normal workplace designs. It’s expected physical barriers will play a role, at least in the short term, in new normal workplace designs. These include desk partitions, counter shields and mobile screens. 

Christine Cavataio, President and COO at the architecture firm Cuningham Group, believes the long-term solution will include designs that create more space in existing offices. The goal, she says, is to create open offices that create an environment that meets new normal standards where people feel safe and want to be.

COVID-19 may also result in some companies moving back to private work spaces, including cubicles, in at least a portion of the workplace. 

Office Spaces Designed for the New Normal

Miller’s Landing is creating a 65-acre mixed-use commercial real estate development that captures the excitement of a well-designed town center. It’s supported by a mix of high-tech businesses, retail, entertainment, hospitality and recreation.

Miller’s Landing is creating healthy, sustainable offices that meet the needs of today’s new normal workplace designs. We’re uniquely positioned to design office environments with worker health and safety as a top priority. As we learn more about designing offices in a post-COVID19 world, our team will adjust to ensure we stay ahead of the curve in office innovation. 

Miller’s Landing is one of the Denver area’s most exciting mixed-use commercial developments. We welcome you to explore this new opportunity.

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