Webinar Recap

Providing Certainty Around the Uncertainty

 

June 3, 2020

Workplace Reentry Resiliency

Preparing for business reopening is top-of-mind these days. On June 3, moderator Lori Urwin of HOK lead a panel of design, construction, furniture and technology professionals through key considerations for workplace reopening from their specialty perspective.

Underpinning the design perspective is asking the right questions. Susan Chang of HOK highlighted their four-pronged reentry approach that includes supply-demand modelling, planning and design modifications, policy, practice, technology and operations recommendations, and flexibility and scaling.  This process enables good social distancing without creating social isolation.

Joel Brown of mform Construction Group gave his construction perspective stating that 55 percent of Canada's construction materials come from Wuhan, China. Taking this critical supply chain disruption into account, project schedule forecasting and alternative materials sourcing will move new construction and renovation projects forward.

Among company reopening concerns is, will I be able to use the same furniture?  During his furniture perpective presentation, Ben Findlay of Office Source/SCI Interiors confirmed that yes, you can use your existing furntiure. Interior design modifications using existing furniture will enable physical workplace distancing without impacting productivity.

Russel Smith of DTS Inc. wrapped up with his technology perspective.  He demonstrated new smart phone applications that provide common area usage, such as in washrooms, meeting rooms and general office areas, in real time.  The ability to make decisions using workplace capacity snapshots reduces employer and employee fears and anxieties about maintaining physcial distancing when returning to work.