A Smarter Use Of Space
A smarter use of space – As companies and organizations consider reopening their physical offices across the country, a big theme is emerging among our clients. How can they maximize their square footage?
Getting the most out of a physical footprint has always been important, but the COVID-19 pandemic has massively shifted priorities in a few key areas.
-We are complementing open office plans with desk dividers, and we are properly distancing workstations.
-Our crews are also transforming common areas. We are installing touch-less fixtures. In some instances, we are seeing the diminished importance of shared gyms and cafes.
-Our design team is getting creative. They are utilizing interesting textures and materials, maximizing natural light, and injecting color into spaces wherever possible.
We are combining these three factors to create spaces that employees actually want to return to after months of working from home.
Floor-plans from recent years, and even from earlier in 2020 certainly need a second look. Our designers, architects, and engineers have continued working in a safe way during the COVID-19 pandemic and are helping shape the future of work. Here are some key takeaways from their different perspectives.
“The workspace has to be safe to return with all the health guards, one-way circulation, sanitizing stations, masks, and other precautions. But who says the new normal has to be boring? I have seem companies incorporating ergonomic furniture, beautiful materials, and pops of fun color. Companies are also breaking down a maze of walls to bring in window views for all in the name of making offices more attractive and comfortable than their employees’ home office. In one recently completed project, our team installed warm wood slat walls throughout, creating a cohesive, high-end look, while also providing an easily cleanable, clear division of space.”
– Laura Merrill, Infinity Group Director of Design
“Our clients are approaching new projects more informed than ever before. In the past, the direction of traffic through an office was of secondary concern but now we focus on keeping travel paths flowing with minimal congestion. The conversations are now taking into account not only how teams work together but how they relate to each other spatially in a collaborative, efficient and safe, socially distant environment”
– Brian Black, Infinity Group Architecture Lead
“I believe our work environments will be more efficient and healthier than ever before, driven by a passion for safety. Facility life safety, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems need to be professionally planned and properly maintained, considering their direct impact on wellness in the workplace. If the engineering of a space isn’t working, it’s not just uncomfortable, it’s downright dangerous. Our expert team can give you peace of mind.”
– Blake Leonard, Infinity Group VP of Architecture and Engineering.
We’ve all learned so much in a short period of a time, and we’re ready to share those industry best practices with you and your team.
Contact us today for a free consultation to get your office ready for a safe return, and a smarter use of space.