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5.08 Mixing it Up: The Future of the Office Building

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
2:15 PM-3:15 PM
Track: Council/Industry Specific
Format: Panel Discussion
Organization: IFMA
Knowledge Level: 200 level
Session Description: The United States and Europe are facing the lifecycle realities of the single purpose office building boom of the last three decades. This boom yielded a robust stock of buildings that were built on a paradigm of housing workers and fulfilling modes of work that are quickly changing.

Anticipating this change, NAIOP recently held a design competition focused on the Office Building of the Future. This panel will include the award-winning competition entry from Gensler, one of the four NAIOP winners. Gensler's research and experience led to their concept of “Hackable” Buildings – the radical adaptation of existing buildings. The session will include several case examples of innovative new building designs from both Europe and the United States.

The panelists will discuss workplace mobility trends, broadening employee and corporate interest in sustainability, growing economic pressures on businesses, and the creative potential in existing structures that have been adapted well beyond use dedicated solely to traditional office work. We will explore the possibilities, describe several real-world case examples, and debate the pros and cons of multi-use buildings.

Learning Objectives:
  • Discuss a vision for the future of office buildings.
  • Reference case studies of dramatic transformation of existing buildings.
  • Make the case for mixed-use buildings.
  • Identify issues and opportunities facing brokers, developers, building owners and FM professionals.
  •     Presentation


    Pat Turnbull, MA. LEED AP
    Kayhan International
    President & COO

    Pat Turnbull, MA, LEED AP, is president and COO of Kayhan International, a leading workplace strategy and furniture distribution company headquartered in Chicago, Ill. She has 22 years of professional experience leading businesses to higher levels of performance. She is involved at the C-suite level helping corporations, higher education institutions, health care facilities and government agencies achieve highly productive, adaptable and sustainable work space while delivering unique work environments tailored to meet specific business needs. During the course of her career, Turnbull has focused her efforts on contributing to a more productive and sustainable built environment, as well as advancing the facility management profession. She joined IFMA in 1993, is past chair of the IFMA Foundation and an active member of IFMA’s Sustainability Committee. She has been recognized by Chicago’s Women in Real Estate Association and is a prominent, highly rated speaker at industry events and global conferences.

    Alexander Redlein, PhD
    Vienna University of Technology
    Dr. Alex Redlein
    IFM - Center for Information – and Facility Management

    Dr. Alexander Redlein is a professor of facility management at the Vienna University of Technology and past president of IFMA Austria. Since his interdisciplinary studies at the Vienna University of Technology and the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, he has been engaged in research, education and consultancy in the area of FM. At the Vienna University of Technology, he is head of the Center for Information and Facility Management and an MBA program for FM. In addition to his research activities, he is responsible for technology transfer between the university and CEE companies. On numerous occasions he has set up FM concepts for international companies optimizing their FM processes, ICT and space management. As a researcher, he conducts international studies about the status quo of FM in CEE and about the value added by FM. In the area of sustainability, he compares building ratings systems and their impact on facility and real estate management.

    Shawn Gehle
    Design Director, Senior Associate

    Shawn Gehle is a Design Director at Gensler Los Angeles. Shawn addresses convergences of seemingly disparate entities and the consequences these convergences hold for physical space and materiality while leading teams within Los Angeles office’s multi-disciplinary studio. His diverse experience, in professional practice and teaching, coupled with an acute curiosity, have cultivated a culture of exploration around emerging materials, application of technology and the evolution of the workplace in the studio. Responsible for establishing the design direction of education and research projects, his work has been recognized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and featured in countless design publications and journals.

    Michele Dremmer, IIDA Interior Designer
    WHY Architects
    Project Executive, Associate


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