THE OFFICES: EVERYTHING CHANGES - architecture and design

THE OFFICES: EVERYTHING CHANGES



BY BRADFORD MCKEE
With regular business upended by the novel coronavirus, landscape architecture principals plot, wait, and wonder.
 
There was a moment on Friday, March 13, when the novel coronavirus changed everything at the office, says Annette Wilkus, FASLA, the founding partner of SiteWorks in Manhattan. ?I walked in on Friday, and one of the staff who?s usually solid had this look in her eye and said, ?Annette, it?s getting really crazy.?? By Monday the 16th, everyone at SiteWorks was working from home, the day that schools, businesses, and Broadway were closing and the S&P 500 fell by 12 percent, the Dow by 13. New York City was bracing for what would swell into the country?s largest wave of COVID-19 cases.
Around the country at the same time, principals of landscape architecture firms were hurrying to get people home to work safely while they sorted out office logistics, took the pulses of clients and their projects, and mentally packed for a weekend that could last months?just as spring was arriving to cold climates where construction otherwise would be firing up. ?We do a check-in twice a day,? Wilkus says of her firm?s 12-person staff. ?One at 10:30 [a.m.] and [one at] 3:00,? using various web conferencing platforms such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and GoToMeeting. She says her team is weighing whether to buy more ?seats? on the platforms, or perhaps to buy one for GoToMeeting and one for Zoom. ?With GoTo, you can draw and see people draw,? she says.
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