The prototype office is an interactive learning centre where leaders can experience first-hand latest designs, technologies and collaborations for workplace health, security, confidence and comfort.
The world’s first epidemiologically guided “office of the future” prototype has opened in San Francisco, California.
Launched by Workplace 2030, a not-for-profit initiative to reimagine the office, the prototype is an interactive learning centre where workplace leaders can experience first-hand the latest workplace designs, technologies and collaborations designed to help businesses safely reopen when possible.
Under the leadership of founder, and executive director Brandon Cook and oversight of leading infectious disease epidemiologist Dr Maureen Miller from Columbia University, Workplace 2030 aims to help protect the health of workers and drive economic recovery by enabling businesses to make informed and confident decisions on both when and how to reopen their offices.
Workplace 2030 assembled a panel of 10 workplace design and workplace technology experts to advise the initiative.
Dr Miller, who consults for the public and private sector worldwide, helps Workplace 2030 to distill the latest academic research and health and safety guidelines into pragmatic, evidence-based recommendations. She also advises on the development of all of the Workplace 2030 innovation use cases.
According to the not-for-profit, more than 50 of Bay Area’s largest employers have toured the prototype workplace in the last two months to experience the concepts and technology.
“By working hand-in-hand with an epidemiologist and experts, we will help clarify, from a scientific and prescriptive perspective, when and how to reopen”
The space is now available to any company for complimentary in-person (when permissible by local health guidelines) and virtual tours.
“Security, HR, and facilities leaders are tasked with reopening their company’s offices, yet no one has ever faced the current situation” said Cook.
“By working hand-in-hand with an epidemiologist and experts, we will help clarify, from a scientific and prescriptive perspective, when and how to reopen – so as the vaccine becomes available and when infection rates decline, we can do so sooner and more safely than ever before.”
In four months and relying on $1m worth of donated goods and services, Workplace 2030 built a functioning office of the future designed to demonstrate solutions to these unprecedented challenges.
The Workplace 2030 initiative also includes an online resource centre with epidemiologically-reviewed academic data sources and original content from expert advisors.
“Corporations and their employees are eager to return to a sense of normalcy,” added Dr Miller. “How to do that is not always obvious, so we are providing free in-the-weeds how-to information for the business people on the front lines of these office reopening projects.”
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