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I t’s well known that the U.S. 36 corridor connecting Denver and Boulder has been a hot spot for development, particularly in the areas of technology and life sci- ences. Known as the “SiliconValley of Colorado,” companies are taking advantage of the available real estate and prime location that supports live, work and play in Colorado. In 2021, Broomfield was ranked the fifth-fast- est growing city in the nation by the U.S. Census Bureau, and employment is anticipated to grow another 7% by 2025. Research and development, histori- cally controlled by big pharmaceutical manufacturers and corporations, is now flush with small entrepreneur- ial companies that have pro- duced numerous breakthroughs in research. These companies are more agile than large cor- porations and have an enormous appe- tite for specialized office and lab space, driving demand that developers in the corridor are scrambling to meet. Integral to this effort is identifying the evolving functionality of the work- place as it relates to this industry; a challenge that will shape the future of how we design to support people in these spaces.With current projects in Louisville and Superior, our firm is using data from precedent projects in mature science and technology markets to develop evidence-based core design strate- gies. The strongest and most influential of these strate- gies is the new role of the office as an “innovation incubator.” Success in the marketplace is driven by innovation, and, for the life science industry, this is key to changing people’s lives and a company’s success and survival. Achieving innovation performance can be fostered through intentional spatial design – design that encourag- es novel ideas and capitalizes on the unique entrepreneurial spirit that has emerged during the pandemic. The changing work culture of the past two years has challenged us in many ways. The work-from-home directive, which prompted individuals to design their own way of working at home, has shifted many people’s per- spective to that of an entrepreneur; everyone became their own boss in INSIDE Aerospace highlight PAGES 10-11 Colorado’s aerospace and defense industry plays an important role in the market Cheryl Wolfe Science and technology practice leader, Perkins&Will June 2022 PAGE 16 PAGES 19-29 Sweet sustainability Beehives on rooftops is an amenity that brings benefits to building owners and tenants Industrial section Demand grows for industrial outdoor storage facilities while zoning becomes tougher Please see Trends, Page 17 Cally Dalton Senior interior designer, Perkins&Will Innovation incubators: The ‘why’ behind science & tech offices Anton Grassi Visibility in the workplace emphasizes work in action so that employees see each other and connect with what’s going on. LabCentral’s design standards required clear glass and views into the labs, office and conference rooms to inspire workplace transparency.

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