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Sky Factory product application examples and real world installations. Search by market segment and/or location - healthcare, hospitality etc.

 

I know this is a private firm but this is really a neat idea for retrofitting old or indoor space and making it feel more natural.  Does anyone know of other similar firms out there?

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Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces
Our collection of news on the workplace is focused on those trends that facilitate more innovation and productivity and are therefore more valuable. We are interested in the overlap with sustainability and the impact on future office demand.
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Can You Co-Work Now? Verizon Joins Corporations Offering Co-Working Trend

Can You Co-Work Now? Verizon Joins Corporations Offering Co-Working Trend | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it

"Now your cable package includes co-working space--if you’re with Verizon. The telecommunications giant is jumping on the co-working craze with the opening of its first space at 140 West Street in Manhattan. Plans for more shared office spaces are in place for Boston, Washington D.C., and London."

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Increased space utilization rates and a reduction in square feet per employee over the years have resulted in excess space for some corporate tenants. Rather than subleasing the excess space, tenants like Verizon are now offering it as coworking space in order to maximize space utilization and also capitalize on this popular trend. Verizon is partnering with Grind, an experienced operator of premium membership-based coworking communities, to curate the experience.
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Collaborate Better with RealtimeBoard

Collaborate Better with RealtimeBoard | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
People who work in teams understand the purpose and vitality of whiteboards. What looks like a simple, glossy, white surface actually solves the purpose of a thousand notebooks, scrap books, blueprints, maps, or any other term you might want to give to something that is used while planning and brainstorming for development. Today, you’d hardly [...]
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I wonder how many similar software packages there are out there like this?  This one looks good.
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Inside Staples, a sunny co-working Workbar space

Inside Staples, a sunny co-working Workbar space | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
A visit to a new Workbar space inside a Staples is a look inside the changing way America works.
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Workbar has teamed up with Staples in Boston to offer new coworking space for independent working professionals. It'll be interesting to see how successful these shared spaces will be compared to competitors like WeWork located in traditional office buildings.
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We Need 44 Million SF of Creative Office

We Need 44 Million SF of Creative Office | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
LOS ANGELES—A new report from CBRE takes a close look at growth in the creative office market which has had a 91% increase in leasing activity since 2011
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Creative office is the hot conversion play, but will this trend continue? CBRE believes so, as it is predicting 44 million SF of creative office demand in the L.A market alone over the next few years.
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New office combines work and wellness

New office combines work and wellness | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
Primary, a new co-working office, offers fitness classes at an in-house studio.
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Shared workspaces like WeWork have become increasingly popular among independent freelancers, start-ups and back-office users. A former WeWork employer who started a new shared workspace company called Primary has taken the collaborative concept a step further by also incorporating wellness amenities, such as fitness classes and healthy snacks for co-working tenants.
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These new earbuds can translate languages for you in real-time

These new earbuds can translate languages for you in real-time | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
The Babel fish is real!
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Research by The Instant Group Shows Double-Digit Increases in Co-working as Corporations Drive Growth of Flexible Office Space in the U.S.

Research by The Instant Group Shows Double-Digit Increases in Co-working as Corporations Drive Growth of Flexible Office Space in the U.S. | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
The Instant Group research released today is the most comprehensive study of co-working and executive suites in the U.S. market.
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With the rising popularity of sharing economy services such as Uber and Airbnb, it's no wonder that flexible workspace aka collaborative space aka coworking space has followed a similar trend, experiencing double-digit growth over the past year. Various tenants from start-ups to larger corporations are utilizing this new type of workspace as a fresh, flexible, and lower-cost alternative to traditional office space.
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No Longer Just Startups: Fortune 500 Companies Are Taking Co-Working Leases

No Longer Just Startups: Fortune 500 Companies Are Taking Co-Working Leases | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
Corporations are getting involved with co-working spaces like WeWork.
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Fortune 500 tenants are now leasing coworking spaces not only for flexibility in lease terms and space options, but also for the open work environments with trendy decor and amenities, which promote collaboration among employees and attract millennials.

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Google got it wrong. The open-office trend is destroying the workplace.

Google got it wrong. The open-office trend is destroying the workplace. | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it

"If employers want to make the open-office model work, they have to take measures to improve work efficiency."

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Open and collaborative workspaces can facilitate cooperation and the exchange of ideas between colleagues; however, without proper guidelines on internal interaction and the appropriate mix of open spaces and breakout offices, coworkers in close proximity can also be a distraction to each other and hinder productivity. 

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How modern business culture is influencing workspace design

How modern business culture is influencing workspace design | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
Business culture has undergone a period of transformation during the last decade. Modern companies have challenged the value of rigid corporate culture, instead embracing the modern ethos that promotes productivity by involving itself in employee happiness.
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Here are four ways modern business culture and trends are influencing workplace design:  (1) coffee culture and coworking has led to contemporary office design; (2) office design has become more environmentally friendly; (3) telecommuting means there is less need for desk space; and (4) less need for storage units because of cloud-based technology.

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Workplace Wellness Makes for Healthy Business

Workplace Wellness Makes for Healthy Business | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
Businesses that deliver on wellness programs see pronounced and positive results for their employees
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Wellness programs are becoming increasingly important to businesses and their employees.  To that end, building features such as on-site gyms and fitness centers as well as natural light and high ceilings are also becoming popular with occupants. 

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Asian Workspace Density Now Impacting Worker Productivity

Asian Workspace Density Now Impacting Worker Productivity | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
Organizations all across Asia are now under pressure to drive down costs by increasing their workplace 'static density'--the space per sq. ft. per workstation.
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To counteract the negative impacts of decreasing workspace density, firms in Asia are allowing more flexible work environments, such as Activity Based Working (ABW), rather than sticking to assigned spaces.

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Workplace Strategies for Keeping Employees Engaged

Workplace Strategies for Keeping Employees Engaged | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
Recent research has shown that the average worker stays at his or her job for just 4.6 years. To keep employees happy, companies must improve the workplace
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Here are some workplace strategies to keep employees engaged:  providing professional development, using social spaces to foster collaboration, as well as implementing wellness features. 

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Planting the seeds of office productivity

Planting the seeds of office productivity | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
There are easy ways to boost worker productivity that won't break the bank, or take up much office time.
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Corporations are now recognizing that human health and wellness in the built environment can positively impact worker efficiency and therefore the bottom line. Here are some fairly low-cost ways to help improve worker focus and productivity as well as evoke a sense of well-being in the workplace: adding plants, displaying artwork, and using green and blue colors throughout the office space.
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Open-plan Office Layout: Are the Cons Outweighing the Pros?

Open-plan Office Layout: Are the Cons Outweighing the Pros? | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
An open-plan office layout has both advantages and disadvantages for a company’s human resources and its bottom line. Open-plan office layouts are noisier.
Clarence | MSRE, LEED GA's insight:
Informative article explaining how a predominantly open office layout might have negative effects on productivity. Although an open layout is great to facilitate collaboration, it is also important to have a mix a spaces, including cubicle banks or private spaces where workers can do individual work without distractions.
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WeWork’s Two WeLive Apartments Near Full Occupancy, With A Seattle Location On The Horizon

WeWork’s Two WeLive Apartments Near Full Occupancy, With A Seattle Location On The Horizon | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
WeWork's two dormlike apartments, dubbed WeLive, nearly 100% leased.
Clarence | MSRE, LEED GA's insight:
WeWork, a leading provider of co-working office space, is out to prove it can replicate success in the multifamily market by providing unique co-living amenities and creating a strong sense of community among residents in its new WeLive apartments. 

The two WeLive projects in Washington DC and New York are already at 80% and almost 100% occupancy respectively. A Seattle WeLive is expected to open by 2018, and if that location is also successful, the business model is likely to be replicated in more markets.

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Cultivating a More-Innovative Workplace

Cultivating a More-Innovative Workplace | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
Companies with innovative workplace designs will have more creative and innovative workers. Amazon new headquarters is the latest example.
Clarence | MSRE, LEED GA's insight:
A recent Gensler study revealed that a well-designed workplace with varied spaces where employees can focus, collaborate and relax can help drive organization innovation. With that being said, it's no wonder creative office spaces are in high demand by tech companies.
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What do we do with all this big data?

What do we do with all this big data? | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
Does a set of data make you feel more comfortable? More successful? Then your interpretation of it is likely wrong. In a surprisingly moving talk, Susan Etlinger explains why, as we receive more and more data, we need to deepen our critical thinking skills. Because it's hard to move beyond counting things to really understanding them.
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How Awesome is Your Office?

How Awesome is Your Office? | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
“ Take our short assessment to find out how you rank on the Awesome Office Grader”
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Staples and Workbar Offer Coworking Spaces in Retail Locations

Staples and Workbar Offer Coworking Spaces in Retail Locations | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it

"Staples teams up with Workbar to offer convenient workspace starting late spring"

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Staples is making it "easy" for mobile working professionals to not only purchase office supplies at its stores, but also office there afterwards in coworking spaces at select Staples retail locations. It'll be interesting to see if this combination of retail stores and coworking spaces catches on.
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Technology and the workplace of the future

Technology and the workplace of the future | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it

Mobility, social software, cloud-based services, new devices and a flood of big data are changing the way we work and placing new demands on the workplace

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Micro-living for work, rest and play at the Collective Stratford

Micro-living for work, rest and play at the Collective Stratford | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
The Collective Stratford, in London, UK, is described by its architects as a "new form of shared living accommodation." Like the Common in Brooklyn, US, it will provide affordable housing within a community. In addition, though, it will offer office space and a start-up incubator for its residents.
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Study links green building design to higher cognitive performance

Study links green building design to higher cognitive performance | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
People who work in a green building with low levels of indoor pollutants and CO2 have significantly higher cognitive functioning scores, claims a new study
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A new study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Center for Health and the Global Environment, SUNY Upstate Medical University, and Syracuse University revealed that people working in green building environments have at least double the cognitive performance scores in areas like crisis response, strategy and information usage compared to those working in non-green building environments. 

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Lower Manhattan’s New Coworking Space Powered by Verizon

Lower Manhattan’s New Coworking Space Powered by Verizon | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it

The country’s largest provider of wireless services and an operator of shared workspaces have joined forces to create a premium coworking space in Lower Manhattan.

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Verizon Ventures is providing coworking space to small start-up companies to help spur creativity. In doing so, Verizon's venture capital arm will be able to spot new up-and-coming start-ups to invest in early on. 

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Law Firms Adopting Collaborative Offices

Law Firms Adopting Collaborative Offices | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it

"Corporate America has been reconfiguring its offices in the past few years, but many law firms are now adopting the new ideas."

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Here's a great example of law firms starting to embrace shared and collaborative workspaces to attract millennials and promote communication among its employees. 

 
Lindquist & Vennum, LLP's new space in Minneapolis will have some corner offices for private client-attorney meetings, but it will also provide bright open spaces with access to natural light to the majority of the employees. 
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