Silicon Valley and San Francisco aren’t the only urban centers that have office workspaces completely different than those that existed just a decade or two ago. Thanks to tech behemoths like Facebook and Google, companies around the U.S. are seeing a fundamental shift in workspace. Traditional space users—law firms, accounting groups, ad agencies, and so on—are now looking to edgy tech companies for inspiration in completely redesigning their offices. It’s changing companies, neighborhoods and cities like Chicago.
What’s changing? For one thing, dedicated offices and over-sized square footage are old news. Even traditional firms want more open space and flexible configurations. Companies now want space that reflects their culture, their ethos and their values, much like Facebook.