A computer-generated image from interiors contractor Portview shows how office space may be segregated as people go back to the workplace after the coronavirus lockdowns are eased.
What will the post-Covid workplace look like?is one of the largest manufacturers of office furniture — desks, chairs, storage products and office pods — and they have a lot of ideas.
They are partnering with MIT to better understand how air circulates in an office environment.
“Well, we know that the six-foot rule is not as simple as that,” CEO Jim Keane told me. “The science shows that particles travel through the air, depending on whether they’re larger particles or smaller particles, based on models that MIT has built. So, we’re using those models to test different kinds of furniture configurations to identify which furniture will best protect the workforce in the future.”
“In the very short run, offices need more separation between desks, and, in some cases, screens or partitions in order to comply with science-based guidelines, for example, the 6-foot rule,” Keane said. “Our own analysis…