Prefabricated Office Spaces Make Room for Growth

In today’s increasingly complex, diverse, mobile and environmentally conscious business landscape, organizations are facing increased pressure to curate office spaces designed to meet the diverse needs and values of their employees. Prefabricated office spaces show great promise as they are easily customized to be any size, allow for multiple stories and often integrate modular device and furniture solutions that promote collaboration and increased productivity. Prefabricated office spaces also reduce waste and boost sustainability as they are often built using several recycled products and materials. To keep your modular workplace ahead of the curve, you can also request the integration of Universal

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Universal Design – Building for Everyone

While the concept of Universal Design is relatively new to the world of architecture and design, there is an increasing demand for more inclusive spaces and products that promote accessibility, safety and convenience for an increasingly diverse population and their wide range of needs. The expectation to ensure all people, regardless of age, size, cultural identity, ability or disability are treated equally in building environments is quickly becoming the norm across the globe. For this reason, project managers should consider integrating Universal Design strategies into their plans regarding products and spaces. Architects, product designers, engineers and environmental designers can become

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A Learning Lesson in Classroom Design

Improving educational outcome in the post-secondary world is a universal goal for educational institutions. How to go about doing so remains the focus of significant research and debate. An often overlooked factor, is the effect classroom design can play in optimizing student learning and engagement. In fact, several noteworthy studies have confirmed that thoughtfully and intentionally designed post-secondary spaces can affect retention, attention, motivation, learning and academic achievement. Here are three simple classroom design tips that promote and enhance active learning.   1. Integrate flexibility – modular furniture, technological devices and whiteboards will make room for collaborative project engagement and

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Going Green is Good for Business

Integrating environmentally friendly initiatives into the workplace may seem like a simple and trendy public relations move. In truth, going green brings a wide variety of benefits for business owners. Applying green processes to the workplace positions participating businesses as leaders of social change while allowing for significant financial growth. Some benefits include: Tax Advantages Going green has many practical advantages. In some countries, tax credits and incentives are available. Many businesses are eligible for a sales tax exemption or corporate income tax credit for using solar energy systems, equipment, machinery and other renewable energy technologies. Reduced Waste Sustainable utilization

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Science proves that we like curves – in everything!

Why is it that we’re so drawn to rounded architecture? Buildings like the Guggenheim of Bilbao fascinate us and even move us to tears. From the Gherkin in London, Al Wakrah, the 2016 World Cup stadium, they all catch our attention and mesmerize us. But what is it about these buildings that intrigues us so much? They are unnatural in that they don’t use straight, rigid lines like so many other buildings we see every day. This is a style that architect Frank Gehry has mastered. He has put his stamp on architecture and design in this area. He is

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The balance between ‘me’ and ‘we’ spaces

With open floor plans becoming so popular, it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to focus on individual work. We put so much more attention on collaboration, that we are less efficient at sitting down and completing our own tasks, especially when that deadline is approaching. Working in groups to come up with new and creative solutions is necessary. But there needs to be an area that the team can go to and put those new ideas into action. And without distraction. There are two primary ways that an office can create that balance of collaborative (we) spaces, and focused, individual work

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The Millennials Are Moving Up. What Does That Mean For Business? 

It seems like only yesterday we started talking about millennials in the workplace. However, considering the fact that millennials were born between 1978 and 2004, the oldest are now approaching 37. They’re already a major part of our work culture. In fact, by 2025, this generation will make up 75% of the global workforce – which means organizations are considering an entirely new challenge: preparing millennials for management and executive roles. Generally speaking, millennials are a tolerant, curious, positive, sharing, connected, flexible, generation that are true to themselves. You may have already noticed that millennial team members tend to thrive when

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Today’s Workplace Gone Global

In today’s shifting business landscape – many companies and organizations have strategically placed offices in both rural and urban areas across the globe in efforts of expanding their reach and gaining a full perspective on the markets they serve. In order to truly accomplish business without borders, it’s more important than ever to offer local knowledge, national insights and an international perspective. With that being said, every business in the world, no matter its size, benefits from tactically developing a brand and maintaining it as a recognizable representation of the organization. A strong brand identity propels it to the forefront of those

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Extrovert AND Introvert friendly office – It can exist!

Not all employees are the same. Some thrive in social settings. Others, when they are in their own space and able to focus. So when designing an office, how should you lay it out so that both introverts and extroverts can grow and contribute? Understanding the team that you’re working with is the most essential step to putting together an office in which all team members feel most comfortable and productive. With the trend toward open offices, we can leave out a whole group of workers. Some industries or jobs will attract a certain type of person. Sales people may

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Future of Workspaces – Tomorrow’s Workplace Arrives Today

As our technological landscape continues to evolve, so too is our modern workplace. More and more frequently, offices are moving away from centralised locations, to more suburban communities that allow space for innovative workplace solutions. Creating ‘hubs’, has revolutionized the entire concept of the workplace. Picture an office filled with people. But unlike a traditional office, where all of those people work for the same company or organization,  some of them are freelance writers, graphic designers, programmers and developers; others are in the process of forming start-up companies or working for very small firms. The workspace may simply be a

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