03/01/2004

BI Opinion

More Than a Pretty Face

 

Recently, my teenaged sister was relaying to me her boyfriend woes. Jokingly, I shared with her the foibles of my own romantic place and urged her to look for someone who was responsible, smart, and kind-hearted, rather than just a pretty face.

The award winners in this issue are all aesthetically pleasing, yet each one excels in its performance. With intensive collaboration between the building owners and their design professionals, each facility was made beautiful and achieves a greater beauty because its design enhances the building’s functionality.

Muscatine, IA-based The HON Co., a leading manufacturer of office furniture, sponsored a survey of office workers in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Chicago on how people from each city view each other, themselves, and the office furniture that impacts their work lives. A few of the survey stats include:

  • 92 percent prefer practical over trendy office furniture.
  • 55 percent would sacrifice a day off if they could have practical furniture all year long.
  • 70 percent say that office furniture affects how they do their job.
  • 38 percent say their desk influences their productivity the most.
  • 28 percent say their chair influences their productivity the most.

In my many years of covering interior design and commercial buildings, I have learned to appreciate the weight of design. On a personal note, I took the PATH train to the World Trade Center stop for the first time after September 11th to visit New York City’s Millenium Hilton. I was flooded with emotions, both solemn and awestruck. To see the hotel restored to its grandeur and made even better was a powerful moment.

Design matters. Perhaps the words of poet John Ruskin say it best:

“We require from buildings, as from men, two kinds of goodness: first, the doing their practical duty well; then that they be graceful and pleasing in doing it; which last is itself another form of duty.”

– Regina Raiford Babcock, Senior Editor (regina.raifordbabcock@buildingsmedia.com)

 


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Tennant Company is a recognized leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing solutions that help create a cleaner, safer, healthier world. With thousands of satisfied customers already using award winning ec-H2O technology, why not see what you're missing? Test ec-H2O on your soils in your facility. Get a free demo.

 

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Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.


Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.


When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality.

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
CLICK HERE to find out how.

 

Add highly responsive multi-zone comfort to any building project, in any climate. Our CITY MULTI H2i R2- and Y-Series VRF systems give you flexibility to fit the needs of any building. Enjoy 100% heating capacity at 0°F outdoor ambient, and 85% heating capacity at -13°F outdoor ambient.  For more information, log on to www.mitsubishipro.com


Tennant Company is a recognized leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing solutions that help create a cleaner, safer, healthier world. With thousands of satisfied customers already using award winning ec-H2O technology, why not see what you're missing? Test ec-H2O on your soils in your facility. Get a free demo.


Tennant Company is a recognized leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing solutions that help create a cleaner, safer, healthier world. With thousands of satisfied customers already using award winning ec-H2O technology, why not see what you're missing? Test ec-H2O on your soils in your facility. Get a free demo.

 

Replace core drilling with Connectrac In-Carpet and On-Floor Wireways, the proven connectivity solution in open interior spaces of all kinds. These elegant low-profile wireways are great for AV / telecom connectivity wherever it’s needed.

 


 
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