Our Managing Principal, Peter Dussault was a panelist on the Boston State of the Office presented by Bisnow. Below is a piece he authored about his experience.
On February 7th, I had the opportunity to speak at the Boston State of Office, an event held by commercial real-estate company Bisnow. Centered around Boston's commercial market and tenant demands, the event covered a range of topics such as how life sciences can take the lead on office developments this year, where larger tenants can find space in Boston, and upcoming office construction projects. At the event, I spoke about how flexibility to work from home helps WB succeed. I also spoke about how the importance of flex spaces lies in how they are used and how it is necessary to have hard data such as feedback from clients.
Other speakers on the panel included Peter Palandjian (CEO of Intercontinental), Maria Paitchel (VP of IWG), Marie Fitzgerald (Principal at SMMA), Gabriella McMillan (CEO of Equiem), and moderator Lisa Nickerson (Founder & Principal of Nickerson PR). I walked away from hearing them speak with three key takeaways.
- There is an increasingly conscious effort from companies to place a focus on their current employee's preferences when redesigning office spaces.
- More and more facilities are leaning away from wide open office areas and are requesting "team" areas where two to four people can get together, collaborate, and execute projects.
- Primary locations in and around Boston are increasing in price every week.
Overall, it was a highly informative, engaging event that I would recommend people to attend in the future.