2016 YEAR IN REVIEW Part 1 (Jan – May)

In our annual Year in Review special feature, we take a month-by-month snapshot view of the latest developments and trends in workplace design, as reported in the pages of officeinsight. 2016 was another busy year, and designers responded to an accelerated pace of change in the world of work. One recurring theme was the increased emphasis on people‚Äôs needs, not only for attracting and retaining top talent in a time of greater worker churn but also for improving the productivity of the organization. Designers recognize that employees need to feel comfortable, both mentally and physically, to do their best work. Sustainability initiatives have expanded to encompass all aspects of worker health in addition to the overall environmental impact of a project. Going beyond LEED, architecture and design firms have embraced the WELL Building Standard, the Living Building Challenge, and other initiatives to improve wellness in the workplace and the sustainability …