October 4, 2013
VIDEO: Raymond Wong on emerging building trends at Canadata 2013
Raymond Wong, the executive director of Americas Research Operations for CBRE Research and Consulting, held a session at the Canadata 2013 conference on September 26, 2013 about emerging building trends across Canada in large-scale residential, commercial and industrial structures.
Wong said one of the trends that has developed over the last 20 years is flexible work conditions, such as telecommuting or coming into more modular offices only for meetings. New technology has meant new requirements for building to accommodate these changing work styles.
Wong said another trend to note is the decline of “big box” retail, which is being replaced with smaller, more agile structures due to an increase in e-commerce as well as an aging population less amenable to travelling large distances inside a store.
Wong also said the western provinces have their own set of criteria for building, with Vancouver essentially penned in by natural features such as mountains and the ocean, and thus more likely to retrofit, replace or build on top of existing stock. ..dCalgary and Edmonton have more space to build, he said, but also have specific economic drivers such as industrial supply in Edmonton for Northern work, or the large number of head offices located in Calgary.
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