Successful reductions in the size of real estate cuts companies’ economic and environmental burdens and boosts productivity with better spaces for workers to concentrate and collaborate.

The road to success, however, is littered with pitfalls. A mistake in the measurement process can derail the success of many steps that follow.

Having previously engaged Altanova in a measurement project related to energy efficiency, a client’s head of real estate called on Altanova for a reliable, affordable and non-intrusive way to measure utilization.

By going beyond simple space utilization, our partnership looked to understand how the space also supported the team and its performance.

The solution we came up with is completely novel in the way it combined qualitative surveys of the workforce with quantitative measurements of the actual space. By combining the two we were then able to infer robust relationships between perception and reality which eventually informed the successful roll-out of a global space optimization strategy.