Interactive Workspaces Guide


Interactive Workspaces Guide

This online guide to Interactive Workspaces (IW) focuses on assisting a capital facility project team in the identification and selection of workspace requirements for their integrative team meetings on a project.  Interactive Workspaces are team meeting rooms that have been augmented with technology to enable visualization, interaction with digital information, and team collaboration for enhanced decision-making.  The use of an IW to support integrative work sessions on a project can significantly improve the ability for a team to solicit feedback from diverse groups and work more effectively. 

This Guide provides a planning process that allows project teams to step through a structure procedure for planning their use of workspaces on their projects.  This four step procedure include: 1) the identification of goals for using IWs; 2) the identification of use cases; 3) the definition of IW capabilities; and 4) the planning of the workshops within the Interactive Workspaces.  This process is defined in more detail within the planning section of the guide, along with example of use cases, Interactive Workspaces, and project examples in separate sections of the Guide.  Finally, a template is provided to help project teams to develop their own one-page (size A3) plan for incorporating IWs into their project.

With the effective use of Interactive Workspaces, a project team can leverage model content and maximize the value provided from an integrative team.  We hope that this Guide provides a foundation for your team to plan the implementation of workspaces on your projects and supports that planning of the different IWs that you will use throughout the project lifecycle.

Interactive Workspaces Guide Developers

The Interactive Workspaces Guide was developed by members of of Computer Integrated Construction Research Program at Penn State, through the support of the Consortium for Building Energy Innovation (CBEI).  Authors include:

Robert Leicht, Ph.D.

John Messner, Ph.D.

Kunwei (George) Chen

Jennifer Lather

Eric Luttman

Yifan Liu

Gretchen Macht, Ph.D.


This material is based upon work supported by the Consortium for Building Energy Innovation (CBEI) sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy under Award Number DE-EE0004261. We also wish to thank all of our collaborative project team participants and our collaborators with the CBEI.  The views and opinions of the authors do not necessarily reflect those of the sponsor.

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