By definition, Space Planning is the process of organizing furniture and office functions to work effectively together while utilizing space efficiently. The process involves much more than sketching a preliminary floor plan. The designer must first understand the function of the workgroup and then consider multiple factors that include building codes and regulations (statutory requirements), function, lighting, teaming requirements, inter-communication, and storage to make the best use of available space. Other factors, such as the use of technology – computer, double monitiors, smart phone etc., have to be built into the plan for each office workspace.
Statutory requirements related to office layouts will vary in different countries but examples may include: the minimum amount of space to be provided per staff member; fire safety arrangements; lighting levels; space allotted for passage way and corridors, signage; ventilation; temperature control and welfare arrangements.
Space is at a premium in today’s work environment and it may be difficult to accommodate a workgroup or workflow in a given area. The solution often involves reworking the space or reconfigure in our terms. These types of move are complex, disruptive to staff and involve a chain of events that include coordination with IT and facilities involved.
Whether your project involves relocation and design of a new space, expansion or consolidation of an existing facility or cosmetic enhancements, Office Outfitters can provide you with creative practical solutions that will provide efficient and effective use of space.
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