Deanne Erpelding Shares Insights From SIOR’s Office of the Future Panel

April 16
Deanne Erpelding Shares Insights From SIOR’s Office of the F...

In early March, Deanne Erpelding, CID, IIDA, LEED® AP, Senior Director from NELSON’s Interiors Practice in Minneapolis participated as a panelist in the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) Office of the Future Presentation.The presentation was on the ‘Office of the Future’ with the intent to educate brokers on best in class workplace trends. Deanne has shared with us her insights and takeaways from the event.

Question: How did NELSON become part of the presentation process?

Answer: I was contacted by Mike Salmen, President of the Minneapolis chapter of SIOR and Partner with Transwestern, to be a panelist. NELSON is also a sponsor of the Minnesota chapter of SIOR.  These meetings are usually closed to members only, so we were really pleased and honored to be asked to participate. 

Question: What was our exact role? What did it entail?

Answer: Our role was to be a participant on the panel as a representative to the architecture and interior design industry. We were fortunate enough to kick off the presentation with workplace trends, which really highlighted NELSON’s expertise in workplace.

Question: Can you tell us about the office of the future?

Answer: I collaborated with Gary Miciunas, NELSON Principal, Advisory Services/Lead Workplace Strategist before the presentation for his take on the workplace of the future. One thing Gary mentioned is that the office of the future is really about the office of today.  Many clients are still trying to “catch up” with the innovators, such as technology firms that have already been implementing workplace trends.  Flexibility, multifunctional environments will continue to be in demand.

Question: What current workplace trends will affect the office of the future?

Answer: During our presentation, we referenced a quote from Google’s Vice President of Real Estate, David Radcliffe. “How will we work 5 years from now, how will we work 15-20 years from now? We don’t really know what it’s going to be but we just know that it’s going to have to be an incredibly flexible space to work with.” Flexibility and agility will not go away, and we will need to continue design with this in mind.

Question: Have you been able to hear any reactions from brokers that attended?

Answer: One aspect that brokers were particularly impressed by was NELSON’s workplace metric information.  I had many approach me afterward expressing how useful the data and metrics were to them. It was nice to see many folks in the audience rapidly taking notes during the workplace trends section we presented.

Question: Do you plan on participating in any other events with SIOR?

After the presentation, SIOR and NELSON both agreed that we would like to do another presentation and also invite clients to be a part of the audience. We are very excited for the next one!


To learn more about this event, please contact Deanne at

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