Building management teams are trying to maximize occupancy and revenue for rented office space at the same time as minimizing running costs. They may find it hard to meet the needs of a wide range of corporate clients without compromising on one or more of these goals.
An office floor plan that works perfectly for one organization will often prove unsuitable for another, which poses a problem for commercial building owners who don’t want to see their properties standing vacant on a regular basis.
Fortunately, modular glass partition walls offer a cost-effective solution, with significant advantages over both traditional sealed glass and drywall partitions.
5 Benefits of Portable Glass Partitions Walls
The five most common benefits you can expect to enjoy when installing movable glass partitions in your commercial office space include:
1. Rapidly reconfigure your space in response to client requests.
The most important benefit derived from the installation of modular glass partitions as far as most building owners and management teams are concerned is the ease with which they can be moved into new positions.
Portable partitions enable you to create new office layouts far more easily than is the case with traditional partitions, which aren’t designed to be moved from one place to another.
A space comprised of many small cubicles, for example, can quickly and easily be transformed into an open-plan workspace with an adjoining conference room and meeting area when using portable glass walls.
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2. Improved acoustics.
One problem that is often encountered with modern, open-plan workspaces is excessive noise. This is a difficult problem to solve with drywall or other traditional partitioning technologies without changing the open-plan nature of the spaces in question.
Glass partitions, on the other hand, allow building managers to reduce ambient noise in large, airy workspaces without compromising on the look and feel of the original interior design.
Using half-height glass partitions, you can significantly reduce ambient noise in problem areas while retaining all the positive features of an open-plan office.
The portability of modular partitions also enables you to experiment until you achieve the desired outcome, obviating the need to hire acoustic consultants.
3. Low-cost remodeling.
Whether you would like to alter the interior design of your commercial space in response to a client request or make it more attractive to your target audience in the future, modular glass walls can be a cost-effective option.
Your in-house maintenance team should be able to handle the task relatively quickly and, even if you don’t have an on-site maintenance team, you can hire local experts to complete the task.
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Because modular partitions are designed with portability in mind, they can be moved far more quickly than traditional partitions, without the need to use special tools or close your building for lengthy renovation work.
4. Aesthetically pleasing workspace.
Whatever type of layout you wish to have in a commercial building, glass partition walls will lend an air of sophistication to your office interiors, making them more appealing to clients from all industries and market sectors.
Drywall partitions offer an easy way to create different layouts in commercial buildings. Despite the fact they have to be torn out and reinstalled every time a new layout is desired, they remain popular.
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However, glass partitions, whether of the portable or fixed variety, are aesthetically pleasing and keep with modern design principles and trends.
With this in mind, it makes sense to invest in a modular glass wall system if you wish to be able to reconfigure your commercial space on a regular basis and ensure it appeals to clients in sectors where a modern image is essential.
5. More natural light.
Both fixed and portable glass partitions enable building owners to create office interiors where natural light is able to penetrate even the gloomiest of corners. But portable partitions make it easier to maximize the amount of natural light in commercial spaces.
If you’re not happy with the results after the initial installation work has been completed, moving various partitions to new locations to improve matters will be a relatively simple and low-cost task.
Assuming that you pick a high-quality glass partition system in the first place, you can look forward to lower running costs and increased occupancy rates in the future. At a time when building managers are finding it difficult to survive in an increasingly competitive marketplace, the advantages offered by portable glass partitions could make all the difference to long-term profitability.
Shay Sekler, president of IMT Modular Partitions Inc. Shay is involved in all aspects of the design, development and manufacturing for modular partitions, and is considered to be an authority in the field of modular office walls.
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