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Entries in Commercial Office Buildings (19)


How Big is My Building

Gensler’s new BOMA standard identification tool

In 1915 Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International introduced a building measurement standard that became the most prominently used standard of its kind in the United States and many other countries. This first standard was initially intended to measure only office buildings, specifically office space. However, this made it difficult to apply to buildings with specific use types such as industrial, residential, warehouse, and parking structures. BOMA recognized that an expanded definition was necessary to accommodate these scenarios and more. In 2000 BOMA responded to these needs by embarking on a long-term objective to expand on their building measurement standards.

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Super High-Rise or Super High-Quality? 

Jing An tower in Shanghai. Image © Gensler

China has undergone massive changes over the last 25 years, and nowhere is this more evident than in building development, more specifically the proliferation of high rise buildings. Chinese cities are conceiving and building high rises at an unprecedented rate. As a result, secondary and even tertiary cities are adjusting their skylines adjusted on a yearly basis.

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Suburbia Transformed: Tysons, Virginia

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This post originally appeared on the blog jordangoldstein.net.

Several months ago, I spoke on a Bisnow panel that discussed the future of Tysons, Virginia, a suburban town that is rapidly becoming more urban. Tysons is clearly a town in the midst of a dramatic transformation. With Metro opening up in the spring and a host of high-rise development projects underway, Tysons is about to be suburbia transformed. It’s an experiment in what happens when the urban fringe extends and meets the suburban edge. The blurred lines create tremendous opportunity for the growth of an innovative and dynamic live/work/play environment.

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What is Hack-able?

A hack-able building in London. Image © Gensler

What will the commercial office building of the future look like? In answering that question we can focus on cutting edge cladding systems or an updated core layout, but we should not overlook the possibility that the office building of the future may not be a new building at all. Mobility, advances in technology, and an ever more global workforce have dramatically changed the way that workers inhabit workspace. Some estimates place office space levels in 2015 at 30% of what they were in 1970. This means that we won’t need more office buildings in the future, but we will need to “hack” the ones that already exist if these spaces are to better meet the needs of future workers.

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Life is Urban Again

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Cities are cool. I find myself increasingly fascinated with how attractive city living is for so many new urban dwellers and how cities try to keep pace with re-urbanization and to the push to become more “livable.” With re-urbanization in full swing, the growth of a globally connected workforce, and the proliferation of mobility tools that allow living and working to happen anywhere and any time, we have some choices to make.

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