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01/03/2012

10 Office Landscape Tips for 2012

 
Your office landscape in 2012 may include significant but easy to implement changes.

Welcome to 2012 – Is your office landscape prepared to take on another year of sustainability upgrades and productivity initiatives?  Simple changes can impact your bottom line and create an aesthetically pleasing environment for employees, clients, and visitors.

Staples Advantage provides 10 key tips to approach an office landscape redesign:

1.            Look good on a budget – Office design can project luxury without going over budget. For example, selecting a laminate instead of veneer flooring, and vinyl rather than leather seating, can create a high-impact look that’s still budget-friendly. Also, by choosing connected seating versus freestanding chairs in waiting areas, businesses can save up to 15% per chair.

 

2.            It is easy being green – Sustainability remains an increasingly hot topic. Companies can help fulfill “green” goals and prioritize office health by using environmentally preferable furniture and fabrics. When making purchases, it’s important to look at the percentage of recycled and renewable content, and also look for relevant environmental certifications, such as GREENGUARD, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and more. In addition, including plants throughout the office literally adds a green touch.

 

3.            Light it up – Lighting has the ability to impact mood and productivity. Rather than relying on harsh, fluorescent lighting, the incorporation of natural light can help bring the outside in. By also using adjustable LED lighting, companies can help improve worker visibility and save on energy expenses. The costs of LED lighting have also dramatically dropped in recent years.

 

4.            Incorporate hybrids – For companies seeking to do more with less and/or maximize smaller spaces, hybrid furniture products, which serve multiple purposes, can help. For example, look at products like “mobile pedestals,” which are filing cabinets with plush tops that also transform into visitor seating.

 

5.            Keep it mobile – Typically lightweight and easy to rearrange, mobile furniture is gaining popularity. In addition to mobile pedestals, other furniture on wheels – including whiteboards, partitions and more – can help facilitate spontaneous brainstorming sessions and be easily rearranged afterward.

 

6.            Foster collaboration – As teamwork continues to play a big role in the workplace and some offices contend with smaller square footage, companies are looking at ways to maximize space to promote collaboration. Businesses can make team interactions easy and natural by designing rooms for a variety of purposes. Additional strategies include incorporating open, intuitive layouts; lower cubicle walls; and mobile and hybrid furniture products.

 

7.            Tie in tech – As the office landscape continues to incorporate new technologies, businesses can improve operations with furniture that complements the devices they’re using. Furniture and accessories that support “powering up” and also help tame cable clutter can create a more aesthetically pleasing and productive environment.

 

8.            Facilitate flex working – Office dynamics are shifting, as technology also enables companies to support a growing number of mobile and flex workers, who use corporate office space only on a periodic basis. By making design tweaks to support multipurpose room functions, designing offices for two, and allowing for private and collaborative spaces, companies can help support their flex worker populations.

 

9.            Give a warm welcome – Businesses can instantly improve their office appearance by creating a warm and inviting reception area. By including freestanding furniture that’s approachable and not confined by high panels, using lamps for softer lighting and placing interesting artwork on the walls, companies can draw visitors in and keep them there.

 

10.          Get organized – A new year is the perfect time for companies to resolve to be more organized. Simple additions such as filing cabinets, along with desk and drawer organizers, can streamline business and help remove unwanted clutter.

 

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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.

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.

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.


Mitsubishi Electric’s H2i R2-Series heat pumps provide 100% heating capacity down to 0° F and simultaneous heating and cooling down to -4° F delivering year-round comfort, regardless of climate zone.

 
04/16/2014

The U.S. Army plans to start development of a solar array that will provide about 25% of the annual installation electricity requirement of Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

04/15/2014

The EPA's annual greenhouse gas emissions report is now available.

04/14/2014

Are you what some would call a “climate-change denier”? If so, you'll want to read this.

04/10/2014
Los Angeles has remained the top city for ENERGY STAR certified building since 2008, while Washington, D.C. continues to hold onto second place for the fifth consecutive year, according to a new list released by the EPA.
04/09/2014
Green construction has grown massively over a short period of time.
04/07/2014
Field demonstrations of newly proven energy-efficient technologies are yielding valuable results for the U.S. Navy, helping it meet energy goals.
04/03/2014
Building owners in Chicago now have more options when it comes to getting their building energy data verified.
04/01/2014
According to a new report from Eaton, such outages are up 15% in 2013 over 2012 and over half of those surveyed believe that downtime could have been prevented.
03/31/2014
The newly revised ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 105-2014, Standard Methods of Determining, Expressing, and Comparing Building Energy Performance and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, aims to provide a consistent method of measuring, expressing, and comparing the energy performance of buildings.
03/27/2014
Facility managers face an every expanding array of sustainability choices and challenges, but for the next generation of FMs, green practices could be second nature as sustainability literacy enters the K-12 school system.
03/25/2014
While the economic recession explains the decline in sales in 2008 and 2009, it is much less clear why sales have continued to fall.
03/24/2014
University of Washington (UW) scientists have built the thinnest known LED that can be used as a source of light energy in electronics.
03/21/2014
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2378 into law, effectively enacting the state’s first building code.
03/19/2014
In an attempt to improve building energy performance, the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released a web-based tool called the Technology Performance Exchange, or TPEx.
03/18/2014
Could green building practices pose unanticipated life-safety hazards?
03/13/2014
Worried about workplace violence in your facility? Researchers have discovered that “mindfully observing” high-risk employees can avert danger and workplace violence.
03/11/2014
Through the DOE’s Building Energy Codes Program, every dollar the DOE has spent on building energy codes over the past two decades has resulted in $400 in energy cost savings.
03/07/2014
It is possible to harvest energy from Earth's thermal infrared emission into outer space, according to new research from the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
03/05/2014
Is your building prepared to handle an emergency?
03/04/2014
NASCAR revealed five newly installed charging stations for employee use.
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