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A Federal Workplace with Heart and Soul 

Government tenant, Washington, D.C. region. Image © Connie Zhou.

The wave of Modernist and Brutalist government office buildings that arose in the 1960s and 70s left a lasting impression on the American architectural landscape. At their best, these structures aspire to lofty heights. See, for example, the Chicago Federal Center. But occasionally, those aspirations for landmark civic architecture were curtailed by fiscal realities, a need for expediency, or the desire to achieve a level of standardization.

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Unlocking Innovation in the Government Workplace 

Mecklenburg County Land Use Environmental Service Agency, Charlotte, NC, Image © Gensler

This post is part of a series of blog posts on Gensler’s 2016 Workplace Surveys.

Gensler’s 2016 U.S. Workplace Survey identified elements of workplace design that foster innovation. Digging into the data, Gensler researchers were able to determine which industry sectors have workplace designs that most foster innovation and which have workplaces that inhibit it.

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Should Congress Vote on a New Workplace Strategy?

Imagine if you were forced to work in the same environment someone might have worked in 200 years ago?

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Everyday Changes, Extraordinary Savings

Federal agencies don't need to undergo sweeping transformations to reduce their budgets. Making micro changes to work spaces can pay macro dividends in the long run.

I have previously written about the challenges facing federal real estate managers, and it continues to be tough sledding for those tasked with planning for agencies’ current and future space requirements and finding ways to lower utilization rates, all while complying with numerous directives to cut costs and reduce overall footprint.

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Long Term Solutions to Federal Problems

Most federal agencies are facing unrelenting budget pressure to drastically cut costs and do more with less. Real estate and facilities groups are now tasked with not only meeting short-term housing needs, but also planning for future leasing and space requirements, while reducing their overall footprint and improving agency performance.

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