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Reimagining office buildings in a post-COVID-19 world

In this installment of our Minds of Steel Q&A series, architect Jason Smith and engineers Carol Drucker and Jeffrey Smilow discuss strategies for attracting employees back to the office in a post-COVID-19 world.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how many companies do business, with one of the principal changes being employees working exclusively from home or on a hybrid schedule. But as we continue to adapt and move toward a post-pandemic world, many employers hope to entice workers to return to the office. That can be challenging when you consider the desire to work exclusively from home has doubled since October 2021, according to a Gallup survey taken in June. What needs to be done to win them back?

Below, architect Jason Smith and engineers Carol Drucker and Jeffrey Smilow answer questions about what trends they’re seeing in the market as companies try to make working in an office environment more appealing.

  1. How do office buildings need to be reimagined after COVID-19?

  2. What office building designs can help win back employees?

  3. What are some ways to renovate existing office space to attract workers?

  4. What role can materials such as steel play in reimagining office buildings?

Turning your post-COVID-19 office vision (or others’) into reality

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About the series

Nucor is featuring its Minds of Steel in a series of Q&A articles about important topics impacting architecture, engineering, and construction. In this installment, our Minds of Steel describe differences they have noticed in the construction market as we emerge from the pandemic.

About Minds of Steel

In 2021, Nucor launched Minds of Steel to recognize some of the most innovative minds in engineering and architecture. These individuals are using steel to transform tomorrow’s increasingly challenging builds into reality.

Carol Drucker

Carol Drucker

Carol Drucker, SE, PE, P. Eng., is lead principal structural engineer at Drucker Zajdel Structural Engineers in Chicago. With broad experience in design and construction of structural systems, Carol works on various projects, including commercial, residential, educational, industrial, and institutional. An industry leader in steel connection design, Carol serves on AISC’s TC6 Connection Committee, and AISC’s Committee on Specifications. She has published articles and seminars on steel design and is a presenter for AISC and SEAOI. Learn more about Carol

Jason Smith

Jason Smith

Jason Smith, AIA, is a design principal and architect with SmithGroup in Chicago. Jason advocates a holistic, inclusive approach in his work, collaborating with engineers, architects, contractors, tradespeople, and manufacturers. That interdisciplinary approach is seen in SmithGroup’s design of the Center for Advanced Care in Chicago, featuring a physical space that is warm, open, and inviting for hospital patients and staff. Learn more about Jason

Jeffrey Smilow

Jeffrey Smilow

Jeffrey Smilow, PE, F.ASCE, is executive vice president and managing director of building structures at WSP USA. With nearly 40 years of experience in structural engineering, Jeffrey has an extensive background designing and renovating a wide range of steel and concrete structures. Throughout his career, Jeffrey has worked on many high-profile projects around the world, including supertall residential towers in India; seismic-resistant high-rise office towers in Mexico City; Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets; and World Trade Center Tower 3. He’s also played an instrumental role in renovating treasured landmarks such as the famed Plaza Hotel and Grand Central Terminal in New York City. Learn more about Jeffrey

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