May 2022
CBRE’s survey of office-using companies reveals that most are back to developing long-term plans to expand or contract their office space now that employees are returning, at least some of the time, after two years of mostly remote work.

By extension, fewer companies are standing pat. Companies planning to maintain the same office portfolios for the next three years fell to just 9 percent in the current survey, down from 27 percent in CBRE’s 2021 survey.

CBRE’s Spring 2022 Occupier Sentiment Survey includes responses from 185 companies of all sizes with offices in the U.S.

The Gridd adaptive cabling distribution system enables a building to adapt to inevitable technology changes, remain highly functional and operational, and saves money at every stage of its life cycle. An original contributor to the circular economy, Gridd’s fluid, modular design enables moves, adds, and changes without the mess of traditional cabling methods. If a facility manager can avoid contributing to the waste stream, that’s also an added benefit to the company’s ESG commitment. 

The Gridd Mobile App makes it even easier for for FMs, IT teams, electricians, and maintenance personnel to make power and data cabling changes. Gridd Mobile provides augmented reality (AR), technical support, as-built drawings, how-to videos, original site pictures, and product information conveniently accessible on a smartphone or tablet.

Gridd Mobile allows facility techs to see exact power, voice, and data cabling locations through the floor in an instant, making systems’ changes quick and easy. Gridd Mobile improves the life of your facility, allowing future facility teams, even years from now, to make moves, adds, and changes to the same space with ease. When using Gridd Mobile, there is no knowledge lost between teams.

See Gridd and learn how the power to change just got easier with augmented reality on the Gridd Mobile App at NeoCon. Visit FreeAxez at booth 7-2054.
NeoCon 2022 is expected to host a large number of facilities managers, college and university planners, and other workplace professionals as they investigate resources for transforming their offices to meet worker expectations and learning environments that respond to teachers and students following the pandemic. From June 13-15, NeoCon will offer daily on-site keynotes and special programs as well as 47 virtual CEU-accredited programs from leading industry experts from a wide cross-section of fields. The sessions will span eight program tracks: Workplace, Healthcare, Education, Facilities, Wellness, Sustainability, Design Skills, and Industry Direction and delve into the topics that are making an impact on the design industry.

The Facilities track offers six CEU-accredited sessions on the latest in facility design and management. The McMorrow Reports’ editorial team plans on attending all these CEUs between when they are live online as well as anytime on demand (and for accreditation) through July 15, 2022. Track of 6 sessions: $120.

PACE Equity and New Buildings Institute (NBI) announces the first and only financing option for owners and developers to benefit from a differentiated cost of capital when they build a lower carbon building. This approach called CIRRUS Low Carbon encourages owners/developers to use C-PACE financing with lower rates when they build more efficient buildings, charting a practical and financially beneficial path to building decarbonization. The program is available for new construction and renovations based on the CIRRUS Low Carbon Design Specification for Low Carbon Financing which was developed by NBI in partnership with PACE Equity.  

new report from the NAIOP Research Foundation predicts that as the pandemic has increased office vacancy rates, a rising need for medical, life science and multifamily spaces offers a solution.

"Use of office space has changed as the pandemic propelled remote work and hybrid schedules for traditional office workers. This leaves the potential for older and empty office space to be converted into uses that are in greater demand creating a best-case scenario for office owners and developers as well as the sectors that need space," said Thomas J. Bisacquino, president and CEO of NAIOP.

Although it is difficult to estimate the amount of office space that will become available as long-term leases expire in the years ahead, there will be an excess supply of office buildings in most markets.

The way people work and learn has changed, and the need for flexibility and multiple-use buildings has increased dramatically. How do you set up a traditional space to fit the needs of multiple people? And what is the technology needed to achieve these goals?

Readers are invited to tune in to this recorded webinar on Space Management and Tenant Engagement Roundtable, organized by the publishers of fnPrime. You will watch top facilities leaders share best practices and latest trends around utilizing and managing space effectively.

Key takeaways include:
  • Understanding of how space management trends have changed
  • Best practices for space management
  • How to utilize space most efficiently

9to5 Seating introduces Vox, a multi-purpose chair created for collaboration spaces and flexible workplaces. The collection includes a variety of models from four-leg or sled to bar or task stools, with the aim of outfitting rooms with high change-over needs.
Built with users in mind, Vox delivers more comfort than the usual multi-purpose chair. Its designed-in flex zones promote back movement that fosters health and well-being, and the waterfall edge supports circulation for a healthy sit.
The Vox collection was created as an enterprise-wide solution; it’s versatile and customizable. Choose from models including four-leg, sled, bar or task stools, with arms or without and with glides or casters. Customize by choosing from multiple plastic colors, upholstered seat or fully upholstered and a selection of frame finishes.

Vox models are backed by 9to5 Seating’s limited lifetime warranty and have achieved BIFMA LEVEL 1 and GREENGUARD GOLD certifications. 

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The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is proud to announce its new Mold Uncovered campaign. The campaign emphasizes the importance of proper mold remediation in residential, commercial, and institutional buildings through accredited industry standards and certifications.

Mold is a pervasive yet largely unregulated issue in the United States and worldwide. Left unchecked, mold issues in indoor environments can have significant, lasting health impacts. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the rise in extreme weather conditions associated with climate change have led and will continue to lead to more growth of indoor fungi and mold.

Meet a chair that brings a new kind of comfort to everyday life with its unique versatility and dynamic, earth-friendly design that enriches your home, your well-being and our planet. Made with ECONYL® regenerated nylon, the noho move™ chair reimagines conventional linear furniture into a revolutionary life-enriching furniture piece. ECONYL® nylon is made from waste, is 100 percent recyclable and offers up to a 90 percent reduction in global warming potential compared to nylon made from raw materials. The sleek nature and high-quality performance of the noho move™ chair looks good and also makes you feel good.

Visit the ECONYL® by Aquafil showroom, 11-107, at NeoCon to discover this award-winning chair that was designed to meet the demands of our dynamic modern lives.
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With 260 new product entries in 52 categories, the Best of NeoCon 2022 competition offers a wealth of design solutions to meet demands for the office, education, and healthcare environments. Fifty jurors have been vetted and are previewing the products digitally and will them live in the days before NeoCon opens on June-13-15 at theMART in Chicago.

The highly vetted industry professionals who will be serving as jurors for the 32nd edition of the Best of NeoCon Awards, are a select group of influential facility managers, designers, architects, and enterprise clients who understand the ever-changing needs and emerging trends critical for the commercial design industry. These jurors represent a wide cross-section of the NeoCon community, including members of professional associations, such as IFMA, AIA, ASID, and the IIDA. They are leaders in the key NeoCon verticals from office, healthcare, education, and tech, representing organizations such as CBRE, Honda, MACRO, NetJets, Oracle, University of Michigan/Michigan Medicine, HDR, NELSON, Studio GC architecture + interiors, SCB, among others. See all the jurors listed on the Best of NeoCon site.