Monthly Archives: October 2015

One Building Can Change the World

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JLL was recently honored by the Retrofit Chicago Commercial Buildings Initiative and National Resources Defense Council for its energy retrofit work at the Northern Trust Center in Chicago, IL. In celebration of this achievement, JLL’s Dana Schneider discusses a replicable approach to retrofitting that JLL piloted with the Empire State Building in New York City. 

ESRThere are nearly one million buildings… Read More

Are Open Offices the Answer?

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The workplace environment is one of the two top factors driving employee satisfaction (the other is corporate culture).

As more companies rush into the “open landscape” approach to workplace design, it is a good idea to step back and consider the pros and cons.

Open-Office Pros OpenOfficePlan

  • Build a sense of community
  • Encourage collaboration
  • Spur impromptu communication
  • Break down physical hierarchies
  • Provide flexibility
  • Reduce space costs

Open-Office Cons 

  • Produce noise distraction
  • Increase interruptions
  • Create a lack of
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Three Ways to Quiet

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Noise in the workplace is one of the most common complaints from employees – and noise can have a very real impact on employee productivity.

But, it’s not that easy to just “turn down the volume.”

Fortunately, you don’t have to.

There are three ways to reduce noise as a workplace distraction:


First, reduce noise at it sources. Separate noisy areas and

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Sustainable Neighborhoods: San Francisco’s Central SOMA Plan

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It isn’t very often that cities get the opportunity to create entire sustainable neighborhoods within their boundaries, but that could soon be the case in San Francisco. The city has created a plan to develop an “integrated community vision” for a roughly 28-block neighborhood known as Central SOMA (South of Market).


The neighborhood straddles a major transit infrastructure development: the Central Subway, a 1.7 mile… Read More

Green Trends Gain Economic Momentum

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JLL’s Real Views reports on green building and clean energy trends and their impact on the U.S. economy, including outlook for job creation and earnings growth. To read the full article, please click here. 

As more and more companies identify sustainability goals and develop the strategies to achieve them, interest in ‘green’ tools, tactics, and technologies also continues to increase. In particular, the green building… Read More