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Adaptive reuse projects are also inherently more complicated than ground up new buildings. The new design must interact with and enhance the existing conditions while maintaining a strict budget.
One of the most challenging aspects of adaptive resuse is keeping the costs of refurbishment under control. Precise documentation of existing building conditions can be the difference between a project on budget and one that has many extra costs.
Adaptive reuse projects are an unusually sophisticated breed of building that requires a level of invention unlike any project in today’s market. For The Reserve, success came from HLW’s ability to create a unique informal environment that is drastically different than the typical office.
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Restricting communication can also improve productivity. By limiting both the length and frequency of emails we send, we can focus more on other tasks. Some workplaces have adopted an ‘email-free’ policy for certain workdays to further limit the distraction of your inbox.
Streamlining certain behaviors and processes in the workplace can allow for more time to spend on important tasks and less time worrying about the small stuff. For example, encourage group activities that allow for necessary recharge and socialization, such as a communal lunch hour, tea breaks, and knowledge sharing sessions.
Empowering your staff to work on side projects leads to new ideas and often to successful new products. Giving employees control over how they spend their time and prioritize tasks allows them to innovate at their own speed.
The Leadership and Culture of the company directly affects how well people work and create. Flexible working policies allow people to work from sites other than the office and increases trust between employees and leadership. Great ideas often happen outside the office.
Stay smart without smart phones. Allow for more innovative thinking and conversation through the use of tech-free work environments. Whether permanent or temporary, scheduling or allocating space and times where technology is discouraged or forbidden can increase focus on activities at hand.