Occupancy Planning

Real estate decision makers when planning for a new workspace want to learn from the inefficiencies that characterize their current space, but don’t have a metrics framework for quantifying these variables (such as adjacencies, densities and enclosures). Through occupancy planning, you can cut through these obstacles and identify spatial pain points in your current space to inform future site selection and space planning decisions.

Having a multi-tiered understanding of an organization's use of space can drive more strategic real estate and employee experience strategies. Measuring occupancy is one method that can be used to decipher an organization's space use reality. Our Workplace Strategy team leverages client's existing systems from their Facilities Management, Human Resources and Information Technology departments, such as badge swipes, to extract meaningful occupancy information.

Layered on top of the intelligence that exists in clients' systems, our team of researchers can also conduct rigorous observational studies in order to collect data related to where employees are and what activity they are doing throughout the day. The combination of these occupancy planning tools elucidate how and when people are using the spaces.

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Workplace Strategy and Occupant Experience

Workplace Strategy and Occupant Experience

Focused on deeply understanding our clients’ occupant experience, we leverage our workplace research and tools to instill wellness, comfort, connectivity and innovation in the work environment. By helping your organization make more informed, data-driven, and people-centric real estate decisions, workplace research and strategy can maximize your investment at multiple scales.

Workplace Strategy and Occupant Experience


Visioning sessions are opportunities to engage client leadership and staff about the current and desired future states of the organization as a whole. The insights uncovered through these conversations provide clients with benefits such as valuable leverage points in renewal negotiations, measures for comparing relocation options and qualifying future workplace designs.

Workplace Strategy and Occupant Experience

Test Fits

Test fits are architectural exercises to determine the capacity of a space to support its intended uses. Our data-driven test fits are supported by research such that clients can trace the function and justification for each space type within a test fit. This test fit approach helps clients determine an ideal site selection given its unique organizational characteristics.

Workplace Strategy and Occupant Experience


As specialists in meeting the needs of today’s forward-thinking tenants, our Sustainable Real Estate Practice includes LEED Accredited Professionals nationwide who understand how businesses can create eco-friendly work environments that improve the quality of life for their employees and the global community.

Workplace Strategy and Occupant Experience

Space Utilization and Optimization

Our space utilization analysis cross-references first party data such as badge swipes with employee directories to identify occupancy differences across departmental groups. The resultant figures allow us to understand where there are potential pain points in the space and recognize opportunities for improvement.