Archives for category: workplace


Thanks to our friends at Loosecubes for featuring DEGW’s very own Peter Bacevice in their latest newsletter. Peter recently wrote a guest post on the Loosecubes blog about networked individualism and its impact on work culture.  Check it out and be inspired to Crowdsource Your Next Water Cooler Chat!


By Andrew Laing, PhD, Director, DEGW
I was very excited to be invited to share DEGW’s thinking about the corporate workplace at a conference about “Future Learning Environments – How Space Impacts on Learning” held at the Nobel Forum of the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden on the 3-5th June.  The presentations and discussion focused on inter-professional education in the medical field. The demand for change is driven by the need to challenge the misalignment between specialized medical buildings and spaces and the growing need to enable team based inter-disciplinary and inter professional learning. How to better align the design of space with emerging curriculum and pedagogy? Read the rest of this entry »

Dave Collins, Strategic Consultant, DEGW San Francisco
Last Sunday’s Mad Men season five premiere was more than just a welcome back party for the familiar gang at Sterling Cooper Draper Price. It was also a polite conversation on the value of offices in the Modern (read: 1963) workplace. Just as the twits at Y&R were dropping water balloons on the heads of the growing crowds of civil rights protestors, Pete Campbell was bemoaning the fact that his office is simply not big enough to bring in the large clients he now has under his control in the fledgling firm. But before we delve into the quandary Pete finds himself in regards to square footage and load bearing beams, let’s reflect a moment on how far the show has progressed in the realm of workplace design. Read the rest of this entry »

By Katie Boothroyd

Agile & Scrum is a method used in software development (originated in manufacturing) that focuses on rapid, iterative work cycles, and relies on collaboration, flexibility, and transparency more so than the traditional Waterfall method. More and more we’re seeing agile implementation with tech clients, as well as organizations with growing software components. Although the Manifesto for Agile Software Development defines the entire approach, and references such as the Agile Academy are easily accessible, we’ve noticed that each organization, and even teams within the same organization, practices only some of the methods. We set out to find out why…

DEGW partnered with Carbon 5 to host an Agile Roundtable with Real Estate/Facilities professionals and Agile Software Developers from a variety of companies, ranging from organizations as large as Yahoo! and SAP to as small as a sole proprietor and start-up from around the San Francisco Bay Area. The event was held at the Autodesk Gallery in SF, which was an excellent venue for our interactive half-day session. Read the rest of this entry »

photo: Chris Doss Photography

By Pete Bacevice
Many cool things have been “popping up” lately in DEGW’s New York office.  After writing about “pop up businesses” and “organizational agility” in recent blog posts, we decided to get some first hand exposure to these trends by importing some if it to our space.

We partnered with Teknion to create a “pop-up” interactive zone in our space to serve as a gathering spot and focal point for our recent office open house.  With an RSVP list of nearly 100 people, we wanted to see how quickly our office could be transformed from a workplace to a social venue.  With only a few weeks of lead time, Teknion designed, shipped, and assembled a lounge seating system specifically for this event.  We are continuing to pilot this system for different events and uses, and we will post updates to this blog in the near future. Read the rest of this entry »

By Dinesh Acharya
Recently I attended the CoreNet  event in New York that explored “The Talent Pool & Real Estate: How the Workforce Continues to Drive Location Decisions. The following blog stems from that discussion:

In today’s knowledge economy and with new ways of working, workplace location can be as important as workplace facilities, if not more so. An issue from a tenant perspective are matters of cost, convenience, corporate image and resiliency in addition to meeting the preferences of the next generation of workers, many of who value their lifestyle options as highly as their career options.

Combined with the increasing competition for talent globally, many leading edge companies are using their location, workplace and corporate cultures as key tools in recruiting and retaining the right people. Read the rest of this entry »

By Paul Schuette
DEGW recently hosted a government roundtable in Washington D.C. It focused on Re-thinking Learning Environments: The Evolution of Education and Training in Government. It brought together federal government professionals to share and discuss innovations around where and how the federal workforce is learning and training today, and trends for tomorrow. Read the rest of this entry »

Attending upcoming IFMA, NeoCon East or CoreNet events?  We are too. Check out what DEGW experts have to say about telecommuting and flexible workplace myths, improving workplace quality while decreasing its footprint, going mobile, and strategic portfolio planning & alternative workplace strategies. We hope to see you there!


Dispelling the Myths of a Telecommuting + Flexible Workplace Program
Thursday, October 27, 2011 | 8-9am
Speakers: Adam Stoltz, Associate Director, DEGW; Jeffrey Martin, TIAA-CREF

DEGW @ NeoCon East

Living the Future: How to Improve Workplace Quality While Decreasing its Footprint
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 | 9:30-10:30am
Speakers: Adam Stoltz, Associate Director, DEGW; Kevin Kelly, Senior Architect, Center for Workplace Delivery, GSA-PBS

DEGW @ CoreNet Global Summit

Going Mobile! SNAP Session
Monday, November 7, 2011 | 2:30-4pm
Speakers: Bryant Rice, Director, DEGW; Dawn Birkett, Real Estate Porfolio Manager,

Reducing the Risks of Unpredictability: Strategic Portfolio Planning & Alternative Workplace Strategies
Monday, Nov 7, 2011 | 11-12:30am
Speakers: Bernice Boucher, Director, DEGW; Amy Trulson, Regional Workplace Strategist, Americas, Microsoft; Ryan Doerfler, Director, GSA Public Buildings Service; Kim Vanderland, Director, Workplace Innovation, Capital One; Christian Bigsby, SVP Worldwide Real Estate and Facilities, GSK

By Katie Boothroyd
Recently, DEGW has heard from two Federal Agencies that we’ve worked with on strategic requirements development over a year ago; they are finally ready to implement an approach similar to the ideas regarding better space efficiency and utilization, more collaboration space and desk sharing we initially recommended.  With the falling economy and greater pressure to do something different with the workplace, Federal Agencies and private organizations, like our client Microsoft, are reconsidering more progressive and innovative workplace strategies. We’re excited that they are going to make a bigger change, but why didn’t they choose the more progressive solution in the first place? And how can we get organizations to see that they don’t need a mandate or a massive slash in funding to do something good for their people and good for the environment?  Show them it’s been done before and let them test it out.

You probably wouldn’t be comfortable buying a house without walking through it first or buy a car without test driving it.  Organizations should “test drive” workplace environments and here are some ways I’ve recently seen it done with success: Read the rest of this entry »

By Antonina Simeti
Last month we took a group of curious and enthusiastic Harvard GSD Executive Education students on a little field trip to the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC). The trip was part of DEGW’s annual course on  “Rethinking the Office” and our way to introduce the students to a real life example of an alternative workplace.

CIC is “the largest flexible office facility for growing technology and life sciences companies in the Greater Boston area”.  Our charming host Dougan Sherwood, CIC’s Director, gave us some  insight on the nuances of CIC history, mission, successes and challenges, and planning for alternative work environments in general.

Here are the highlights:

Serendipitous innovation, again
CIC is about fueling new ideas and partnerships. But the CIC is, in and of itself, an innovation – and it was unintended. CIC was originally born as the Cambridge Incubator, just in time for the late 1990’s dot-com bust. It closed its doors after one year, and while its founder Tim Rowe contemplated what to do with the space, he let his friends (individual entrepreneurs and their small companies) rent portions of the space for cheap. And the new concept for CIC as a provider of space and services for small firms emerged. This is not an unfamiliar story about how innovation happens, unplanned and unexpected.

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