GREEN BAY, WI, June 16, 2003 – Responding to the need for aesthetically-driven yet highly functional work areas in healthcare settings, KI introduces the next generation of its award-winning WireWorks® Panel System, WireWorks® Custom Options. Since its introduction in 1999, the WireWorks Panel System has offered an advanced and economical solution to facility reorganization and storage of data lines in high-churn environments. Now, specifiers and designers have the option of specifying the system with a custom-made, flexible façade designed to match any existing or new aesthetic theme.
“The idea for this product originally arose from a need in the healthcare market for reconfigurable and durable nurses’ stations and reception desks that present a custom design aesthetic,” said Debbie Breunig, KI’s healthcare market manager. “After all, nurses’ stations are where the business of healthcare happens – they are the hubs of all activity on every floor of the hospital, every minute of the day. Because the product is designed to handle that type of non-stop use, the product also will easily handle the daily activity in corporate and educational facilities.”
Requirements for nurses’ stations and administration/reception desks can vary from floor to floor, and even from shift to shift. What remains constant is the need for ease of use, adaptability to change, and paper and wire management capabilities to address the daily work processes of the staff. When WireWorks Custom Options is specified, those needs are met and “wrapped” in a custom façade that enhances a facility’s distinct identity.
“Until now, facilities would need to specify a systems product or custom millwork,” added Bruenig. “The result was that the façades either lacked the desired aesthetic, or, in the case of custom millwork, fell short in flexibility and the ability to reconfigure workspaces. This inflexibility directly contributes to decreased efficiency, and perhaps contributes to work related injuries, since worksurfaces can’t be adjusted for individual comfort. Our WireWorks Custom Options marries a systems product and a custom façade, providing the flexibility of a work station with the durability and unique design that often can’t be achieved elsewhere.”
In addition to KI’s Wireworks Custom Options that can integrate a facility’s brand identity or a finish utilized throughout the building, specifiers also have the choice to select KI’s standard WireWorks Panel System. For installations where custom design is not desired, the WireWorks Panel System is available in three styles: low-cost monolithic, stylish segmented, and stackable tiles, offering generous interior space for the storage of excess cables.
Behind the façade of the WireWorks Customs Options and within its workspace, end-users benefit from the functionality of the WireWorks Panel System, designed to integrate with KI’s award-winning All Terrain® Mobile Furniture System, as well as Genius® and SystemsWall® Full Height Movable and Demountable Wall Systems. Key features of the WireWorks Panel System include 12 keyboard products offering end-users virtually limitless solutions in increased adjustability; KI’s Balance™ Overhead Storage unit, featuring lightweight doors that can be opened and closed while seated; data consolidation point brackets enabling a 110-Connect Patch Panel to be installed within the open cavity of a WireWorks Panel for data consolidation; and an exclusive universal corner connector that allows workstations to be added without disturbing existing stations.
Working For You®, KI provides innovative furniture solutions for the educational, business, commercial, institutional, and healthcare markets. Headquartered in Green Bay, WI, the KI Cos. currently operate North American manufacturing facilities in Green Bay, Manitowoc, Bonduel and Fort Atkinson, WI; Winona, Pontotoc and Tupelo, MS; Madisonville, KY; Los Angeles; High Point, NC; and Pembroke, Ontario and Vaudreuil, Quebec, Canada. Additional international operations include sales offices in the United Kingdom, Germany, Malaysia, and Benelux. KI has more than 3,500 employees and gross sales revenues of more than $600 million. For more information, contact KI at 1-800-424-2432 or visit KI’s Web site at www.ki.com.