LAND DEVELOPMENT TRENDS YOU CAN ANTICIPATE IN 2022
Ready for 2022? Here are 10 of the land development trends you can expect in the upcoming year.
1. A CHALLENGE TO FIND AND RETAIN WORKERS
A lack of workers on a land development project is one of the single most significant slowdowns we’ll see in 2022. In the land development industry, there is a substantial skills gap. Due to this challenge, companies must be more agile and innovative in hiring and training workers. These solutions include providing competitive wages and benefits, employee development and training, and new technologies.
2. MORE WOMEN IN THE FIELD
In 2022 we will see changes that will help more women to pursue careers in land development and construction. The land development industry is struggling with an aging workforce, and a persistent labor shortage, so increasing technical education programs for women have helped revitalize the field.
3. INCREASED FOCUS ON HIRING CONTINGENT WORKERS
Contingent workers are not permanent employees. They may include freelancers, contractors, and subcontractors. This type of hiring has become more popular in recent years because of the benefits it offers.
However, businesses did not begin to ramp up their use of temporary employees until the start of the pandemic. Moreover, with restrictions being lifted as more Americans become vaccinated, many land development businesses in 2022 will likely make subcontractor work part of their permanent engineering staffing strategy.
RESIDENTIAL DESIGN TRENDS:
4. INCREASED APPLICATION OF CURVES
Interiors in 2022 will feature barrel-vaulted ceilings, arched openings, and rounded furnishings. Outside, arched windows and doors, arched awnings for porches or decks, and curved walkways.
5. A FOCUS ON BIOPHILIC DESIGN
In 2022 homes, you can anticipate the use of locally-sourced, organic materials to increase as well as the use of sunlight, fresh air, and plants. A rising number of residential developments will also incorporate place-based relationships between houses and the unique landscapes around them.
6. BLACK ACCENT COLORS
Despite the trend towards natural colors and warm tones in 2022, black accents will be an exception.There will be interior and exterior black window frames, black entryway doors, and black appliances in many homes.
7. A REVIVAL OF CONCRETE HOMES
As prices of lumber continue to skyrocket, concrete will become a more commonly used building material. Concrete block and insulated concrete form construction deliver benefits such as higher energy efficiency, which leads to lower energy bills, a variety of home styles, and strength to withstand weather extremes better.
COMMERCIAL DESIGN TRENDS:
8. FEATURES OF HOME BROUGHT INTO THE WORKSPACE
A work-from-home day offers many creature comforts. In 2022, land developers will prioritize workspace accommodations that help employees feel a sense of coziness in their space. Plush carpeting, soft seating options, and amenities that allow staff to complete personal tasks during their workday are becoming increasingly popular.
9. ONE-DIMENSIONAL OPEN DESIGNS ARE A THING OF THE PAST
In the absence of partitions, open-plan offices foster more distraction than productivity. By 2022, land developers and designers will focus on workspaces that provide equal opportunities for collaboration and private, focused work, recognizing that these two are incompatible.
10. TRANSPARENCY BECOMES ESSENTIAL
People want to know the building and design materials you’re using are healthy and safe; they care about what they’re surrounded by. Therefore, ensuring a high level of transparency in primary building materials is going to become vastly important in 2022 and the following years.