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22 September 2018 the leader Unilever: Global Workplace d esign s tandards Two fundamental objectives drove Unilever to create its Global Workplace Design Standards. The first was a desire for a comprehensive approach to workplace design aligned to Unilever's vision, strategy and brand – one that would address well-being in the workplace, furniture ergonomics, design for differently-abled employees, sustainability, etc. The second objective was to support the work force of the future. Unilever "aimed for a consistent approach towards providing a great employee experience whose relevance will continue as the work force evolves." The new Workplace Design Standards create workplaces that adapt and enhance employee experience and productivity while achieving efficiencies as technology changes. Over the next three years, some 20,000 full-time employees across 46 sites will be a part of workplace-changing projects that will ensure internal policies are in place for new builds and refurbishments. Verizon reimagines corporate real estate Verizon Global Real Estate needed a refreshed and culturally aligned office portfolio. John Vazquez, global head of real estate, challenged his team to create an innovative tech and media portfolio out of 26 million square feet (2.4 million sq.m.) of dated telecom admin space. The company started by refreshing five iconic campuses, representing over 5 million square feet (465,000 sq.m.). CBRE's embedded strategy team then took a budding idea of leveraging space-as-a-service (e.g., Regus and WeWork) and developed a strategy called Flexible Office Solutions for Verizon's small- and medium-sized office space, which constituted the bulk of the real estate portfolio. The new portfolio is more agile, with term commitments of three to four months, on average, and incrementally adjustable sizes. Verizon employees have transitioned to modern, flexible spaces, with lower overall real estate costs. Globally, the program affects nearly 1,000 employees at 50-plus flexible locations. s tanford University Central e nergy f acility The Stanford Central Energy Facility is a transformational, campus-wide energy system designed to maximize use of renewable grid-sourced electricity and a first-of-its-kind heat- recovery system. An innovative heat-recovery loop captures nearly two-thirds of wasted heat that is generated by the campus's cooling system to produce hot water for the heating system. Sited at the edge of the campus, the new facility responds to the university's long-range Energy and Climate Action Plan goals, slashing greenhouse gas emissions by 68 percent, fossil fuel use by 65 percent, and campus-wide water use by 18 percent. It was completed in less than two and a half years. The project team of ZGF, AEI, and WhitingTurner worked in close cooperation with the university to ensure that ongoing academic and medical center activities would not be disrupted, and that heating and cooling services would continuously be available to the two major hospitals and the nearly 200 academic buildings on campus.

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