CPG's Approach to Sustainability
With almost every new project comes the discussion of how best to incorporate green building practices. When we talk to our clients about the process of LEED and other programs we don't initially talk about the points needed to get the level of certification you want to hit – rather we ask about the points you want to make to your employees to provide the healthiest environment possible. It really comes down to "what shade of green" you want to be and the type of environment you want to provide. So whether our client is the landlord or the tenant our method and message are the same.
CPG does, as part of the basic services, assist in the analysis and evaluation process of determining the cost and intrinsic values associated with implementing a LEED-certified project. The first step is to always meet with our client to understand guiding factors and goals:
We wish we could do what Gates, Buffet and others are doing, giving away billions. That is just not in the cards for us, but what we can do is the following:
Circling Back - Revisiting Past Planning Concepts
The planning of office space continues to change to align with advances in technology and work patters desired by the newest generation of knowledge workers. Companies call their "new planning initiatives" by many names such as "Workplace Strategies, new Ways of Working (WOW), Agile Working, Smart Working and Work Differently. The common denominators are similar with the primary focus in most cases being saving space and second, creating flexible work areas to support MANY ways of working.
Planning has almost "circled back" to the concepts used by Frank Lloyd Wright in designing the Johnson Wax Building and other office towers. Those open desking solutions were possible primarily because the only technology that needed to be supplied to the desk was the telephone and an electric cord. Calculators were manual –operated with a crank handle. With the improvements in our latest "smart devices" the only thing a knowledge worker needs available to be affective all day is a power station.
The growth of mobility enables companies to revisit their real estate strategies and realign the amount of space they occupy with the use patterns of the staff assigned to the facility. We have implemented AGILE WORKING principles in many of our projects over the past five years. Some of our clients focus is on space saving while others take advantage of new work patterns by:
While our designs for Diageo, GE, Nestle, Gartner, IMS and many others have approached the subject of "smart working" in different ways the underlining goals are finding ways to provide flexibility for the mobile worker, finding ways for them to stay connected with others and finding ways to improve their products and services.
Our goal in designing these spaces is to plan the appropriate amount of flexibility to support many ways of working.