Skanska implements new safety standards in office buildings and creates the new office concept

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Jun 23, 2020

Skanska has established several rules and adapted workplaces in Central and Eastern Europe to support its tenants returning to offices. The new offer called ‘Care for Life Office Concept’ includes recommendations and consultancy regarding new hygiene and safety protocols, adjustment of existing technologies in Skanska’s buildings, and reorganization of office areas. The concept is being developed for Skanska buildings in CEE in cooperation with external experts.

Skanska commercial development business unit in CEE is an office real estate market leader that operates on ten city markets in four countries: Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, and Poland. In March 2020, due to the coronavirus outbreak, Skanska implemented several safety precautions for its employees and business partners, as well as on project sites to ensure the safety of its people and mitigate the spread of coronavirus. This approach enabled the company to continue the construction of the projects despite the challenges caused by the outbreak. Skanska office buildings are being delivered without significant delays. This was possible thanks to efficient cooperation between the investor and general contractor within the Skanska Group.

Skanska was able to adapt to this new situation so quickly mainly due to flexibility in terms of working hours and home office rules, which already existed in the company. It would not have been possible without the extensive use of digital tools that greatly facilitate virtual meetings and everyday tasks. After months of working remotely, some employees are now coming back to offices. To provide employees with clear guidelines and information on the new set up, Skanska offices have been equipped with specially designed Visual Identifications that help follow social-distancing policies. All the pandemic related interior communication is standardized and made from sustainable materials. It includes posters and floor markings with recommendations for every area or room in the office and general rules to follow.

The global remote-working test is now becoming a return-to-the-office exercise and learning new ways of the mixed way of working both in the office and at home. It demands setting up new rules for the offices, but also a specific adaptation of our workplaces as business needs continuity. Safety and wellbeing of our employees, customers, partners, and communities are Skanska’s top priority and go hand in hand with one of our core values – Care for Life. An office has three important roles to play: integrating, culture-making, and supporting team building. We have created the new offer called ‘Care for Life Office Concept’ so offices can still fulfill their purpose in the new normal – says Katarzyna Zawodna-Bijoch, President and CEO of Skanska office business unit in CEE.

 

 

Skanska put a lot of effort into developing new and adjusting core attributes and characteristics of its office buildings, by taking advantage of WELL certification and our new technology solutions like Connected by Skanska, which enables a touchless way of moving around in an office building.

In addition to actions that have already been taken by Skanska within its own office space, knowledge and new safety standards are also shared with the company’s clients – especially those who have decided to return to the ‘new normal’. Skanska thus is launching ‘Care for Life Office Concept’ that is designed to meet the current needs of workplaces and its users. It will help identify areas that will balance safety, sustainability, and feasibility and to rethink the design of modern office spaces with regards to possible future pandemic risks. Skanska shares good practices by providing tenants with a professional advisory in the matter of office safety. With that, the company actively responds to the client’s ongoing needs or even helps to adjust existing and future fit-outs to new safety requirements. Cooperation between the owner, property managers, and tenants is crucial to organize the return to the office's process safely.

Nowadays even more attention will be paid to the issues of safety, from the quality of the work environment or even easy access to hand sanitizing solutions. Free movement around office buildings will be limited for the next months. That is why we adjusted our own offices and help tenants and clients to do so as well. For this reason, we advise on how to adapt to the new situation, how to set up the office, or even adjust the fit-out in newly delivered offices to current rules and regulations. We work closely with our own architects and an epidemiologist to provide the best-suited workplaces to our clients – comments Andrei Ivan, Sustainovation Director at Skanska commercial development unit in CEE.


Articles authored by Martin Signer

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