‘Leading Transformation’ is a series of articles from M Moser Associates about human-centric design. They discuss the workplace strategies helping leaders gain a competitive edge during the transformation of their businesses. You are reading article 4/4.
The long-term mindset of the commercial property market has been slow to adapt to forces shaping the global economic landscape - where agility is fast becoming a more influential factor in decision-making.
Kenneth C Frazier, CEO of global pharmaceuticals company MSD said, “We want to make sure that our people, who are very good at operating today’s business model, are prepared to adapt to the changes that are happening on the outside.”
Businesses are experiencing rapid headcount growth and transitioning demographics, which in turn drives demand for more flexible real estate solutions, such as co-working and shorter leasing cycles.
Architects are rethinking traditional approaches to design and construction, with more integrated solutions the result of improved transdisciplinary collaboration. By building greater agility into design solutions and making future changes more efficient, designers can help clients maximise their return on investment.
At Medallia in San Mateo, they live and breathe this concept. The main component of the budget was fixed walls. This inspired the design team to question which elements of the space needed to be anchored, to simplify and minimise future changes.
The meeting rooms were created as a “kit-of-parts” with five prefabricated room types. These were created in an assembly line, using modular wall panels built horizontally and later installed in their appropriate locations.
As design and build specialists, we can remove roadblocks from the process and develop environments that support the organisation’s journey more effectively.
When using an integrated methodology, both the design and construction solutions work in harmony to support the client’s most pressing needs. M Moser is working in partnership with Knotel, one of the fastest-growing providers of flexible office space, to efficiently scale their European operations.
Knotel focuses on space for larger businesses, so their customers need more flexibility compared to rivals who cater to freelancers and startups. In order to enhance the speed at which space could be leased, built and ultimately rented, M Moser’s construction and design teams co-created a fit-out framework with Knotel.
Head of Design and Construction - Knotel, London
The project team developed processes to enhance the speed and scale of delivery. This was achieved through a mixture of rapid construction mobility and a design framework that can be personalised for individual clients.
Process-driven construction solutions
One of the key benefits of this approach is that Knotel’s customers have the ability to quickly scale up or down in line with their spacing requirements. Separating functional design from elements of branding and personalisation provides the flexibility needed for organisations to shift real estate footprint to match headcount without significant capital expenditure.