Enhance services to the community by investing in County facilities and infrastructure; including roads, buildings, communications, and flood protection.
Summary of Objective Implementation Status
Although progress of the New County Government Center is delayed as a location is selected by the Board, the principles and practices of workplace design that facilitate telework are likely to be used are considered industry best practices in the management of existing space. The pandemic has shown the importance of technology tools to facilitate collaboration while working remotely and the importance of facilities to maximize inclusivity . The design of new work places include accommodation of technology and spaces to accommodate remote working team members.
The new County Government Center is endeavoring to incorporate an efficient space utilization standard which allocates space based on a department’s staff numbers. Though efficiency is in mind, opportunities to encourage collaboration would be included in the space standard. As we have observed during the pandemic, the ability to collaborate on line has been put to the test and constant improvements made. As the pandemic is winding down, the benefit of carbon reduction is apparent and shifting to a hybrid workforce.
Information Systems Division is working in partnership with Public Infrastructure Facilities Development on “Hot Desk” and conference room prototypes that incorporates technologies and infrastructure. These efforts are aimed to enhance the collaboration, maximize productivity through technology and to provide ergonomic and aesthetically pleasing work stations through commercial office furniture vendors. Such efforts are being applied to current space reconfiguration projects such as ISD space at 370 Administration Drive. Prototypes will be available in January 2023 and will guide space planning and building infrastructure needs.
Key Milestone Update
County Government Center – Delayed from January 5, 2021. Awaiting Board direction on location December 6, 2022
Coordination and Partnership Update
This objective has direct impacts on the following other objectives:
Community, Equity, and Climate Update\
Equity in the workplace is envisioned to be a primary factor in the design of the new facility. As such the new County Government Center project is awaiting direction on location and cost from the Board. Several design principles are being developed with smaller scale space reconfigurations but can be consistently applied and repeatable.
County Government Center is funded for consultant, legal, environmental and some staff but not for design or construction.