August 10, 2020
Manhattan’s 400 million-plus square feet of office space is starting to be reoccupied as businesses forced into working remotely by pandemic-driven shutdown orders begin to return. However, Cushman & Wakefield’s Drew O’Connor said on a recent BOMA New York webinar, occupancy thus far has been light, and building owners and their teams will need to prepare for the next phase.
The BOMA New York webinar, “Adaptive Workplace Strategies: Planning for Today & Post-COVID,” presented O’Connor and other industry thought leaders in a 90-minute discussion. Subject matter ranged from whether the current status quo of largely empty offices will prevail (spoiler: it won’t) to measures intended to promote both workplace healthfulness and occupants’ confidence. It also focused on changes that are expected in the leasing and co-working environments in the months to come.
Along with O’Connor, the discussion featured executives from CBRE; Jaros, Baum & Bolles; Kastle Systems International; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; Nouveau Elevator Industries; and TRANE.
Pictured: BOMA New York offices at One Penn Plaza.
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