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Toss around a phrase like “workplace of the future” and people may imagine a super-high-tech, utopian model of business efficiency. Others may dismiss the thought as one that’s unrealistic when it comes to budget. Yet these “workplaces of the future” are being designed and built today at costs comparable to typical office space.

Needs change. Work environments evolve quickly. Today’s innovative design and construction techniques help companies implement new ways of working – with positive results to the bottom line. A trend that’s here to stay is the sustainable open-office work environment. An open-office environment encourages collaboration while providing a framework for incorporating design concepts that support sustainability goals.

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August 3, 2009
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