Re-imagining Office Spaces to Accommodate Ongoing Social Distancing and Enhanced Building Safety
This one seems pretty easy and straightforward; plastic barriers in conference rooms, cubicles or other physical barriers can better delineate personal work spaces. There is a company selling UV lighted barriers to casino owners in Las Vegas that kill germs. These barriers can be put in between slot machines to increase the safety of gamblers. Why can’t that same technology be put to work in office buildings?
More Frequent and Professional Cleaning Systems
At the very least, there are additional expenses related to increased cleaning staff hours. The innovators of tomorrow are going to figure out how to automate all that is cleaned manually right now. I envision cleaning “smokers” that send out COVID-killing cloud bombs that instantly neutralize all the microbial threats in a room for instantaneous clean.
Next-Level Thermal Scanning Technology
We’ve all heard about thermal scanning technology that is being required either as a personnel-manned station in the front lobby of every office building or as a mounted scanner, but what technologies will integrate this more thoroughly throughout the building without seeming like “Big Brother.”
More Intricate or Upgraded Air Filtration Systems
These systems need to monitor and filter air at a faster rate than previously seen. I would also expect this to be an area where further innovation is going to change the types of systems used for these situations.
Voice-Activated Technology for Many Devices
The IoT (Internet of Things) has been threatening to radically shift commercial real estate for several years, but we haven’t seen it completely take over yet. Now, there will be strong pressure to (at the very least) enact touchless technology wherever possible, including appliances in shared kitchen spaces or bathroom fixtures in public restrooms. Certainly, more innovation will be coming here, if only from Jeff Bezos and his Alexa-focused company.
Jetson-esque conference room technology for communal spaces will need to be innovated to continue to allow for collaboration and conferral without sacrificing safety. Some entrepreneur is going to turn his childhood cartoon into a reality!
Chemical Surface Technology in Real Estate Spaces
This seems out of the blue, but to me, anti-microbial furniture seems rudimentary right now–a good idea and a good start but major leaps forward in innovation are necessary
Senior management teams nationwide are laboring for long hours at a time to develop comprehensive return-to-work plans that ensure compliance with the latest CDC guidelines and conform to federal, state and local orders for their particular niche. Commercial real estate owners and managers will need to flex to accommodate mandated physical structural changes and operational rules and regulations necessary in our New World order. In addition, some of the short-term solutions that have been put in place to get companies through these past few months may become permanent. What will the long-term implications be? Commercial real estate investors may find that there is a substantial impact on their holdings or operations as a result of those necessary changes.
What do you see coming in your industry?