Return to Office can be Boosted by Design-Driven Methodology – Here’s how

What does design-driven mean?

In the context of commercial strategy, architecture, and construction, “design-driven” refers to an approach where the design process takes precedence in driving decision-making and shaping the overall strategy. This approach prioritizes the creative and innovative aspects of design, placing them at the forefront of the project’s development.

If your company or organization is considering how to create a commute-worthy office, this blog is for you. Here at Infinity Group, we’ve tracked a wide array of differences in return to office trends over the past three years. These differences are based on, but not limited to, cities, industries, and individual company cultures and goals. In 2023, many of the clients we work with have renewed conversations about what in person collaboration means to them, and its value. They’re considering the impacts of years of remote and hybrid working. You can also view our recent projects here.

Design-driven architecture and construction can potentially help with return-to-office efforts in several ways.

Streamlined Process

Design-build construction involves a single entity responsible for both the design and construction phases of a project. This can result in a more streamlined process, with faster decision-making and fewer delays. This can help expedite the construction timeline, allowing for a quicker return to the office.

Integrated Approach

Design-build construction fosters collaboration between the design and construction teams, allowing for better coordination and integration of design elements that specifically address the needs of a return-to-office strategy. For example, design-build teams can incorporate features such as improved ventilation, touchless technologies, and other collaborative office features into the design from the outset, ensuring they are seamlessly integrated into the construction process. Take a look at the features we included into this company’s return to office project.


Design-build construction allows for more flexibility in adjusting the design during the construction phase. This can be beneficial in the context of return-to-office efforts, as it allows for more responsive modifications to the design to accommodate changing workplace requirements or safety protocols. This was a significant benefit for our client Belimo.

Cost Control

Design-build construction can provide better cost control, as the design and construction teams work together to manage the budget throughout the entire project. This can help ensure that the return-to-office efforts are aligned with the available budget and prevent cost overruns.

Single Point of Accountability

With a design-build approach, there is a single point of accountability for the entire project, as opposed to multiple parties in the traditional approach. This can simplify communication, decision-making, and issue resolution, making it easier to manage the return-to-office project as a whole.

Faster Occupancy

The streamlined and integrated nature of design-build construction can result in faster project delivery, which means that the office space may be ready for occupancy sooner. This can facilitate a quicker return to the office, allowing employees to resume work in the office environment more expeditiously.

Overall, commercial design-build construction can offer benefits such as a streamlined process, integrated approach, flexibility, cost control, single point of accountability, and faster occupancy, which can all contribute to supporting return-to-office efforts by creating a well-designed, efficiently constructed, and safe workplace environment. Infinity Group’s expert team is standing by, ready to help you get your return-to-office project started. Contact us today to take the first step.