July 14, 2017
By Dennis Kaiser
Equity Office is breaking from the monotony of traditional office environments in Orange County at Von Karman Creative Campus (VKCC), by offering tenants a whole new workplace experience geared toward improving employee productivity and recruitment. The expansive 24-acre creative campus is being transformed into a nearly full city block office community at the corner of Von Karman Avenue and Alton Parkway in Irvine. The development is slated to be completed by Q1 2018.
Equity Office’s Rich McEvoy shared how a new park-like promenade is emerging at the center of the space that will feature a café, outdoor work areas, lifestyle amenities, recreational zones and social spaces.
Q: What is the impetus for Equity Office tackling a project like VKCC?
A: We’re bringing a fuller service experience to the workplace that has been largely ignored in Orange County. VKCC offers its occupants top tier hospitality services and amenities that help its customers stay engaged at work while improving their lives. VKCC won’t simply be a place where employees come to work, but a place where they can also connect with others, recharge, innovate, and thrive.
VKCC offers tenants of all sizes, not just the big ones, the luxuries of a headquarters style mega-campus. We are creating a workplace experience with more amenities and more opportunities for work-life balance than ever before.
Q: What are some of the ways Equity Office is executing on that objective?
A: Highlights of the campus will include a complimentary on-site concierge to assist with personal tasks, an indoor/outdoor fitness center, free group fitness classes, on-site cafe, dedicated dog parks, regular food trucks and farmer’s markets, iShuttle service to Metrolink and John Wayne Airport, exterior event spaces, bike lockers, entertainment opportunities and other regularly scheduled community events.
Q: Why are workspaces like VKCC important to offer today?
A: As Millennial presence in the workforce accelerates (making up 38% of the workforce today and over 50% by 2020), so does the necessity to develop appealing environments to attract and retain them. According to a recent Gallup poll, 55% of Millennials are not engaged at work. This lack of engagement costs the U.S. economy $284 to $469 billion annually in lost productivity.
According to Gallup, Millennials are not willing to sacrifice life for work. They look for companies that enable them to integrate the two, and value and honor them as people. Furthermore, they are drawn to companies that care about their well-being.
Von Karman Creative Campus was designed for that purpose. It provides employees with on-site experiences and personal services that are proven to enhance their wellness, innovation, and productivity.
Connect Orange County is coming up July 27th at the Balboa Bay Club. Here’s where to get more information and register.
For comments, questions or concerns, please contact Dennis Kaiser