ST. LOUIS, MO-HOK Interiors claim that the office consolidationmoves that have dominated most markets in the past three years,plus technology advances, have changed workstation sizes. Thephrase “do more with less” has hit the professional servicesindustry.

Michael Nolan with HOK says he’s seeing a reduction in personalspace in office design today, though offset by an increase in groupspace. “We’re seeing new ways of working,” Nolan says. “There’s acontinued desire to tighten up real estate, and this can be done interms of space, furniture and technology.”

Not only are there fewer people in offices today, the waythey’re working has seen a tremendous change due to a move to morepowerful laptop computers and wireless work areas, he says. “Itused to be every workstation had a big 45-degree corner to hold abig desktop, and you just don’t need that anymore. Also, there’smore mobility with a computer or pad, meaning people can work ingroups much easier today.”

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