Design and Workplace Strategy

office areasThe workplace at 3172 Porter Drive has been designed to embrace the more mobile nature of its new inhabitants.  The goal is to move to a more open and flexible work environment than the environment in which the new inhabitants lived at Stanford Menlo Park over the past five years. The drivers underlying this design decision are both general and specific in nature.   Of a more universal nature:

  • are shifts in employee demographics towards a younger, more mobile and tech savy population
  • technology has connected us in new ways that make a single work location no longer necessary
  • collaboration has become a mantra for increased productivity
  • is the fact that more than 50% of all work today already happens outside the employees primary workspace and about 24% of the ork happens in another location altogether.

SoEMore specific to the School of Medicine at Stanford University are:

  • leasing constraints associated with current properties
  • external challenges associated with the schedule
  • constraints on the total project cost

However, there are also clear opportunities from scaling back to a more flexible, open and mobile environment.  There are:

  • evolving technologies and workplace strategies to inform the transition,
  • successful examples of open office plans on and off campus
  • many employees who are already more mobile that they perceive.