Cleaning & Maintenance Management Online

Bill Griffin reports from BOMA

June 26, 2012

SEATTLE — The 2012 Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA) Every Building Conference & Expo, which was held this week at the Washington State Convention Center, is wrapping up its final day.

Listed below are a few tidbits from the show that, according to Bill Griffin, owner of Cleaning Consultant Services Inc. and president of the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN), will impact the cleaning industry immediately and — almost certainly — in the years to come:

• According to CoreNet Global''s Future of Work study, 40 percent of the office space occupied today will be vacant by 2020

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) buildings can reduce cleaning supply costs by 17.5 percent, according to a five-year study in Texas by Hines Property Management

• We can expect to see more emphasis on sustainability, conservation, recycling and day cleaning in the future as building owners and tenants attempt to reduce energy costs

• Business owners must move more quickly today as technology makes it possible and customers and younger generations expect and demand it

• At least 93 percent of today''s workforce would prefer to work from home if given the choice

• Only 50 percent of the workspace in buildings is occupied 50 percent of time

• There is 43 billion square feet of commercial space in the U.S., 10 percent of which is office space, and it tends to grow two percent each year

• Uncertainty in costs, taxes, government programs and financial stability tends to slow down growth and business investment

• New office construction is basically dead; the emphasis today is on remodeling vacant buildings and changing the intended use to meet market needs

• Smaller, two-story and three-story buildings in urban areas close to transportation corridors are popular with the younger generation

• Building designs are changing to meet the demands of next generation companies who want more open space, team meeting rooms, high-speed connections, video conferencing and natural materials, fresh air and natural sunlight

• By 2030, 90 percent of those newly hired will be from the "millennial" generation.