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11/16/15

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Efficiency Proficiency: Today's Floor Plans May be as Good as They Get

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Source: The Real Deal​

Thanks to relatively recent advances in building materials and architectural design, today’s towers are leaps and bounds more advanced when it comes to floor plans that maximize usable space — about 30 to 40 percent more efficient than mid-century designs...

Kenneth Lewis, a partner at the New York office of Skidmore, Owings & Merril, said office buildings constructed around mid-century are about 50 percent efficient, while properties today operate in the 80-90 percent range, with some examples going even as high as 95 percent. While these modern ratios leave relatively little room for improvement, even small gains are meaningful, he said.

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