New year, new opportunities, new developments… they’re all part of looking forward and anticipating what’s next. While a forecast is far from perfect, keeping an eye on shifting trends in business, work space, and technology give us a peek at where we’re headed.
What can we expect in the world of resurfacing, maintenance, and repair? We asked Spencer Lueders, owner and president of Stone Building Services, for a look at where he sees the industry headed.
“There is a shift in how we define traditional corporate environments,” said Lueders. “Work environments are changing to be more remote, incorporating more modern materials, and address the needs of younger workers.”
Lueders said he feels the construction trend will continue, as evidenced by the numerous cranes in Charlotte and the Southeast. Stone, metal, wood, and glass will continue to be part of the equation. Thanks to the timeless beauty and luxury of these materials, Lueders says they have no substitute, but he does expect some changes in material selection.
“Natural stone is beautiful, but it’s a limited resource,” he said. “The best properties will continue featuring natural stone throughout.”
Lueders said he expects we’ll see more creative use with other surfaces, and the return of others.
“Terrazzo may be coming back,” he said, “new terrazzo is epoxy-based with stone and glass impregnated in the resin. Terrazzo and concrete are both highly customizable. You can even make concrete look like wood.”
Technology will also drive current and future construction, as will “how” people work. Lueders said connectivity – both in and out of the office – are part of the millennial mindset of the new workspace.
“People also continue to place a high value for experience,” Lueders added. “Experience is the new luxury good, and a well-maintained facility with immaculate surfaces … that just enhances the experience.”
Want to stay ahead of the game with your building or workplace surface maintenance and repair? Call on Stone Building Services for a walk-through at your property today.