Saltmine, a real estate technology company transforming workplace design by integrating data, people and process into an enterprise design cloud, is announcing new social distancing features that help businesses quickly reconfigure workspaces for the safe return of their employees.
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“Businesses are planning for workplace reentry, but those who haven’t moved their design process into the cloud will be behind the curve”
As workers come back to their offices after weeks of sheltering in place, businesses are scrambling to put new workplace designs and policies in effect that will minimize the risk of further Covid-19 transmission. The World Economic Forum has said businesses worldwide must rethink all of their workplace policies in the wake of the pandemic – especially the design of offices.
There are more than 5 million commercial buildings—and more than 80 billion square feet of floor space—in the United States alone, and a significant percentage will need to be redesigned because of concerns about virus transmission.
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Some business leaders believe new distancing guidelines will put a premium on office space, which will need to be reimagined with both efficiency and safety in mind.
“Businesses are planning for workplace reentry, but those who haven’t moved their design process into the cloud will be behind the curve,” said Shagufta Anurag, CEO of Saltmine. “Offices will likely need to be redesigned repeatedly as we learn more about the spread of Covid and the rules change. Only businesses with a digital infrastructure in place using an enterprise design cloud–an enterprise design cloud where their data and other assets are digitized and all in one place–will be able to react to changes quickly, and stay agile long after the pandemic has passed.”
Saltmine maintains a dedicated design cloud for each of their clients, which include some of the world’s largest workplace occupiers as well as leading architecture and design firms and real estate service firms whose teams have been trained on the Saltmine platform to support their customers. Twenty-five million square feet and counting have been run through Saltmine, with companies using the technology to plan their re-entry to the workplace.