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New Tech, Redesigns and Masks Key to Returning to Offices, CO Panelists Say

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Source: Commercial Observer

New York City began the first phase of lifting coronavirus restrictions this week and as office workers gear up to return to Manhattan leveraging new technology and office redesigns will be key for a safe return, Commercial Observer panelists said.

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“This work from home experience has been an invaluable education to us,” said Julia Murphy, a director of 7 World Trade Center architect Skidmore, Owings & Merrill which is also moving into the building as well as designing it. “We’ve seen what we can do when we’re untethered from our specific desk, [but] we’re also really feeling the value of working together and collaboration and what it means to be face to face.”

“There are certain, almost intangibles that we miss out on when we can’t come together,” she added.

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