Roundtable Weekly
Roundtable Members Address Workplace Return Strategies and Technology
May 16, 2020

CNBC interview Bill Rudin ReOpening Offices

Roundtable members addressed the challenges and techniques in reopening the workplace in a variety of media outlets this week.

  • On May 13, Roundtable Chair Debra Cafaro (Chairman & CEO, Ventas) discussed the steps being taken by the City of Chicago towards reopening with Mayor Lori Lightfoot as part of The Economic Club of Chicago’s virtual program series.  The discussion also covers the city’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and other aspects of Mayor Lightfoot’s first year in office. (Video: Mayor Lightfoot’s Prepared Remarks: 00:45 – 29:30, followed by Q&A with Debra Cafaro: 29:30 – 54:00)

  • Roundtable Immediate Past Chair Bill Rudin (Co-Chairman & CEO, Rudin Management Company, Inc.) today joined CNBC for a conversation about the path forward for reopening office space in New York City as employees work from home amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Rudin, above, discussed his building operating system called Nantum, which tracks real time data on metrics like indoor air quality, energy usage, temperature and carbon dioxide.  Rudin also commented on the need for state and local stimulus funding from Congress to support the basic functions of municipalities that will help economic recovery.  (CNBC video, May 15)

  • Roundtable member Scott Rechler (Chairman and CEO, RXR Realty) yesterday participated in a webinar hosted by Axios’ Mike Allen on reopening the economy and the future of workplace safety.  (Axios webinar, May 14).  Rechler discusses a “Leap to Labor Day” project for his company that will rotate employees back to offices on a staggered time basis to avoid congestion.  (Watch Axios webinar)

  • Roundtable Board Member and Sustainability Policy Advisory Committee Chair, Tony Malkin (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Empire State Realty Trust, Inc.), was quoted this week in a New York Times article on the challenges Manhattan owners and developers may face if the change in work environments evolves from buildings to homes.  He added that New York City’s diverse and educated work force will drive an economic rebound and desire for office space that caters to large industries, including a fast-growing technology sector. (New York Times, “Manhattan Faces a Reckoning if Working From Home Becomes the Norm,” May 12)

  • Real Estate Roundtable President and CEO, Jeffrey DeBoer, discussed what building owners and managers should consider to safely manage the reentry of tenants, workers and visitors in an interview last week with  Dr. Joseph Allen, Assistant Professor at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Director of its Healthy Buildings Program. (Video, May 6)

The Roundtable's Building Re-Entry Working Group continues to meet weekly to address issues associated with the restarting of the economy.

Operations and performance standards for healthy buildings will be a topic discussed during The Roundtable’s virtual Annual Meeting on June 11-12, which will include remote events for both business and policy advisory committee meetings.

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