Briefs: Project shows future of office design+

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Late hours at the office might be more fun, if one works in the office of the future. Jetson-like furniture and new technology is part of 2010 Work[place] design, a nonprofit corporation primarily run by OfficeScapes-Scott Rice, which along with RNL Design has developed the project since 1997. The 2010 concept occupies 6,700 square feet at The Legacy Tower in Denver and will be open through April 2002.
Intertwining ergonomics, organizational behavior of workers, business planning, social anthropology and productivity led 65 partners to contribute more than $2.5 million to develop the 2010 Work[place] concept, integrating design with work habits.
“The nature of work is changing,” said Amy Tabor, executive director for 2010 Work[place] and senior associate at RNL Design.
“It is very humanistic. It looks at individuals, as well as organizations as a whole and how businesses respond to how workers need to do their work.”
The office of the future holds some surprises. For example, some descriptions include the “info bar,” which resembles a neighborhood café, where employees talk, exchange ideas and access the Internet. It’s the water cooler taken to new heights. It also includes a room that allows workers to remove themselves from their primary work atmosphere and relax, enabling them to return to work more productive and focused.
It’s part of how office space can be best utilized to create a balance of productivity with design.
Steelcase Inc., Nortel Networks, Panja and Compaq are among some of the 65 companies involved.
“Our argument is that this concept can be applied to any industry field or discipline,” said Tabor. “They may be applied differently; we’re not trying to say our space is a one-size-fits-all attitude, but it’s supposed to spark ideas within in organization to take a multi disciplinary approach.”

Divine deals
The commercial property at 8955 Drennan Road, also known as the Colorado Center, is a 45,000-square-foot building that sold for $2.38 million to Premier Properties LLC. The building is 100-percent leased to Harris Technical Service and the Air Force 10th Medical Division. Brokers Sam Cameron and Kevin Butcher with The London Real Estate Group Inc., a CORE Network Partner, represented Premier in the acquisition of the building. The seller, Baetis Properties, was represented by Mike Matkin and Randy Miller of Trammell Crow Co.
Don Meinhold sold 4.3 acres on Deer Creek Road to DCP Investors LLC for $300,000, which will be the future site for an office building. Mark Useman and Greg Kaufmann were the listing agents with Palmer McAllister, A Fredrick Ross Company, and were the cooperating brokers with the transaction.
The Windward Center at the Northwest corner of Garden of the Gods Road and Centennial Boulevard was sold to Scott Barton of Schlotsky’s by Crestone Development. The pad is 25,000 square feet. John Egan with Trammell Crow Co. represented Barton.
Gateway Plaza at 2322 S. Academy Blvd. with 5,840 square feet was leased to Concentra Health Services Inc. by Gateway Shopping Center LLC. Concentra is an occupational medicine business. Sullivan Hayes Companies was the listing firm and Kevin Heinicke was the cooperating broker with Palmer McAllister.
The Paper Warehouse leased 8,088 square feet at the southeast corner of Highway 83 and Academy Boulevard from THC at the Chapel Hills Commons. John Egan with Trammell Crow represented the landlord and the tenant.
Graybar Electric Co. has a warehouse lease at the former NII Building at 6035 Galley Road with 6,252 square feet. Mike Matkin with Trammell Crow represented the tenant and Randy Dowis and Bob Garner with NAI Highland Commercial Group represented the landlord, Dynamic Details Inc.