By Amy DeGeer Roten
As vaccines are distributed and employers approach the idea of the workforce returning to the office, they are faced with more questions than answers: How can workspace be redesigned to accommodate hybrid, remote, and in-office workforce? How will workflows change? How can safer, socially distanced workspaces promote collaboration and team building?
Post-COVID, the physical office will be different. The question is, what will it look like?
Founded in 1995, SPACE, Inc. is a commercial interior design firm that blends interior workspace design and aesthetics with functionality to promote collaboration, productivity, and creativity. They have two main locations in Michigan and Virginia.
“SPACE, Inc. does business a few ways,” Kathie Fuce-Hobohm, Principal of SPACE, said. “Our Michigan team provides all things in workspaces including design, project management, installation as well as office furniture, move management, and facility management. Our Alexandria, Virginia team supports our federal government contracts with more product-oriented solutions.”
The Hybrid Workspace
Like many industries, COVID created new opportunities for SPACE, Inc. to assess change, identify new needs, and develop innovative solutions. Over the past year, they have addressed questions related to the post-COVID work environment and developed solutions that combine sustainable workplace design and sanitization processes.
“We think the workplace is going to be viable as a hybrid work environment,” Kathie said. “We’re not going to have an office for every person. It will be a percentage of office or focus stations and amenity areas to attract people back to the workplace – fireplaces, soft seating, etc.”
Making Workspace Work – SPACE Facility Armor and Anew Upcycling
Fear of COVID is the number one reason employees are hesitant to return to the office. “People will be sharing desks and community spaces. SPACE Facility Armor prevents the transfer of viruses and germs. With every application, the entire building is safe and committed to well-being,” President Paddy Hobohm said.
SPACE Facility Armor, powered by the BioProtectUs system, kills 99 percent of microbes on porous and non-porous surfaces for at least 30 months. It prevents microbes from repopulating on those surfaces between cleanings. This CDC-approved, hospital-grade disinfectant fogging application is followed by an electrostatically charged antimicrobial technology. It’s water-based and EPA-accepted for all industries including food service. Originally created by Dow 30 years ago, it has been used in healthcare facilities and SPACE is the first to bring the technology to office environments.
Their upcycling program, SPACE Anew, is a turnkey process that reutilizes up to ninety percent of the existing furniture assets, reimagines them, and adds stylish, functional elements to brighten up the workplace. It relies on high-quality redesign and creativity to create a balance of individual workstations and collaborative areas, with little to no work disruption. Additionally, SPACE Anew costs 30-50 percent less than the cost of purchasing new furniture.
“It’s a fixer-upper model – we can utilize the existing assets, reimagine them, and make them new and different,” said Kathie.
“We assess workplace design and develop improvements for the future of work through our sustainable upcycling program. Then we add SPACE Facility Armor into the equation to provide a safe and healthy work environment. This is a great way to help businesses move forward,” said Kathie.
For more about what SPACE, Inc. can do for you, contact Paddy Hobohm.
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