Figuring out your business identity can be a daunting process. One has to keep in mind budget, office needs and employee needs. It is often a good idea to contact a design professional. You need to look for a designer who knows office space planning, who knows office installations and reconfigurations.
The right office space planner can help with finding the right product, generate office layouts, manage production schedules, coordinate deliveries and oversee installations.
Here at Office Furniture Outlet we work with you to gain an understanding of your office space goals and budget objectives to plan your work environment. We specialize in reconfiguring existing offices, organizing new offices, and then coordinate the entire office moving or reconfiguring process. We operate in Virginia, and the North Eastern Part of North Carolina — especially the Hampton Roads area, which includes Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Newport News, Portsmouth, Hampton and Suffolk.
At Office Furniture Outlet, we are dedicated to:
- Creating productive work environments
- Provide Computer Aided Design
- Assuring precise space planning
- Competitive pricing
- Strive to keep projects within budget
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Below is an article on the future of modular work environments.
The future of work spaces: Modular environments
By Jessica Stillman
Tech is allowing teams to be more flexible, hiring folks from far away, sourcing talent for project-based work online and letting team members work from home, a coworking space or wherever will help them be the most productive on any given day. Will our physical office spaces follow suit, developing an analogous level of flexibility through the use of modular environments?
That’s what PSFK pondered recently in a post by Scott Lachut who reports that the PFSK Consulting Team has “noticed that office furniture and equipment is being designed with modularity and flexibility in mind, allowing spaces to be customized in the moment to suit the immediate needs of employees.”
“These designs can shift to accommodate solo work spaces or be expanded into larger arrangements for team meetings, giving workers the option of changing the office environment to match their current work style,” he continues. Examples include Steelcase’s Campfire Screens, which are semi-transparent, corner-shaped dividers that can be used to delineate a temporary “room” in an open area, and Buzzispace’s modular solutions, which the company claims create an “acoustic cocoon” that cuts through chatter and offers privacy in noisy open spaces. There’s even an inflatable semi-circle room from Office in a Bucket that Lachut says, “inflates within eight minutes.”
Lachut suggests several ways these types of innovative furnishings might suit current office reality by, for example, by balancing the need for collaboration-encouraging openness with the need for “speech privacy.” But is anyone actually putting the modular office idea into practice in the real world? Boulder, Colorado-based project management tools company Rally Software is one early adopter. The company recently explained to Inc.com how their R&D division designed their own office. Steve Stolt, a product-line manager in the R&D organization, told Inc about his department’s move to new premises:
The folks in R&D knew exactly what they wanted: flexibility. The tough part about space planning, typically, is dealing with the constraints: walls, power and network hardlines. To solve the walls problem, we decided to have “t-walls” built. These are “T” shaped walls on wheels. They come in a variety of different heights, and some have transparent portions like windows, while others have white boards built in. We chose these because someone had seen something similar at the Stanford d.school. To handle the power and network challenges, we ran power grids on the ceiling. These grids allow us to drop a power line anywhere we need it. We also use these grids to run network hard lines. Our desks and chairs are all fairly portable as well.
On move-in day, our desks, chairs and computers were there, carefully piled in the corner. We also had our t-walls and power grids ready to go. Remember when you built forts as a kid? That’s pretty much what this was like. The R&D teams love the new space.