Here’s an interesting fact: if there’s a blizzard, it takes the Denver International Airport (DIA) only 17 minutes to clear the runway of snow and resume normal operations. At times of inclement weather  or crisis, everyone who works at the airport pitches in  and works hard to get the airport up and running again.

It was exactly this type of collaboration that DEGW sought to magnify when working with DIA to create a set of standards that would guide the design and use of its workspace.

As part of this process, DEGW conducted an in-depth study of DIA’s culture and work patterns. We discovered not only spatial separations of administrative divisions but also that the same collaboration that takes place during emergencies were missing in normal, daily circumstances.

DIA’s future workplace required a strategy that incorporated furniture, technology, and organizational relationships to foster innovation and collaboration. The outcome? DEGW recommended a shift from individual to shared workspace so coworkers could interact with each other easily and share resources. The aim was to achieve the same level of efficiency in day-to-day operations as in emergency situations. The space DEGW came into was a hodge podge of departments and space types, where as the new space will be organized to allow greater access to light and views, and create opportunity for collaboration.