Facebook planning Willow Village community close to Menlo Park HQ

Facebook Inc. is getting into real estate development, financing a 59-acre planned community close to its Menlo Park, California headquarters that will be home to 1,729 apartments, a hotel with 193 rooms, plus retail outlets and a quarter-mile elevated park. The social media giant said 320 of the apartments it will build will be more

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Google announces $7bn U.S. expansion plans

Alphabet Inc., the parent company of internet giant Google LLC, is betting big on a post-pandemic return to the office, despite being one of the biggest proponents of remote work. The company has reportedly committed to spending $7 billion this year on expanding its offices and data center facilities in the U.S. In addition, it

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Tech startups want to get back to the office, but not as we know it

Technology startups are considering whether or not it’s necessary to return to the office, and for those who think it is, they’re also rethinking what that office should look like. Maria Gothsch, chief executive of Partnership Fund for New York City, told The Washington Post that many tech startups will decide that they want office

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Breather launches on-demand office space service

The commercial real estate office sector is struggling due to the trend towards remote work, and there are fears it could even collapse if people continue to work from home once the COVID-19 pandemic ends. Several major companies, including Twitter, have already said they’ll allow their employees to work from home permanently, and many other

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Working from home is making us less productive

Remote work is making people less productive than before, according to a recent survey of business leaders. The survey, published last week by architect and design firm Vocon, found that almost 40% of business leaders nationwide said they’ve seen a decrease in productivity from their remote workforces. At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, 56%

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Amazon bets on a post-pandemic return to the office

Amazon is defying trend by increasing its physical office footprint at a time when other companies are increasingly going digital. The online retailer says it will be expanding its physical presence in six U.S. cities. It plans to add 900,000 square feet of office space and create 3,500 corporate jobs New York, Phoenix, San Diego,

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Home office space tops buyer’s wish lists

The sudden and unexpected shift to remote work for many Americans has put a premium on walls, doors and extra space as millions search for a quiet and comfortable place to work. A new survey from Zillow found a majority are making do without a dedicated home office for now, and many say they’ll consider

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Will COVID-19 kill the open office space concept?

Experts say the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing employers to reconsider their office layouts, and the open-office style layout may well get the chop. “While many organizations prepared for employee safety in other ways, the workplace was not designed to mitigate the spread of disease,” Steelcase, a furniture maker, wrote in a newly published brochure called

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Tips To Find Office Space That Will Suit Your Business

Whether you’re still starting or expanding your business, one of the most expensive assets that you’ll own has to do with real estate: your office space. Like any other real estate investment, however, when properly chosen, this will always work to your advantage. Fortunately, building an office space may not be as expensive as one

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Blues and greens help to boost productivity in the office, experts say

Worker productivity could be boosted by the color scheme of the office they work in, according to a growing body of color psychology experts. As such, employers should be more mindful of the influence that wall colors have on employees, Lasse Karvinen, head of product at Framery, a Finnish company that designs “work pods” for

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