Building an office from the ground up is a laborious process. When done correctly, though, it pays off in the form of a more productive and efficient workspace. So, what features should you consider when building your office?
1) Energy-Efficient Lighting
Statistics show that 20 to 40 percent of the average commercial office building’s energy usage goes towards lighting. While you can always pull open the blinds and allow sunlight to illuminate your office, another idea is to install energy-efficient lighting like light-emitting diode (LED) or compact fluorescent lighting (CFL).
2) Technology Integration
Technology is critical to the function of any modern business, so you need to make sure it’s integrated into your new office. For example, you may want to build a dedicated room in the center of your office to house computing networking equipment. By placing your wireless router here, the wifi signal will transmit equally to all employees throughout the office. Additionally, consider building electrical outlets at each workstation to reduce the need for extension cables (which are also trip hazards).
Don’t wait until theft, vandalism or other criminal mischief occurs at your office to implement security measures. Take action now to protect your business and its office from damage. In addition to keeping the doors locked, installing a security system will increase your office’s security. Some security systems also feature built-in flood detectors. ADT’s flood detector, for example, uses a normally closed external contact input. When exposed to water, the sensor opens, triggering an alarm before significant damage can occur. With a security system such as this, your office will remain protected from harm that comes both within and without.
Consider an ergonomic design when building your office. This means designing your office so that it minimizes stress and fatigue on the workers who use it. Buying cheap office chairs may cause increased rates of back pain among workers. High-quality office chairs with an ergonomic design, on the other hand, protect against back pain by providing workers with a comfortable seating area. Make sure each workstation is designed with the worker’s needs in mind.
5) Interactive Whiteboard
A whiteboard is an essential productivity tool for the modern office. Rather than using a traditional whiteboard, though, give an interactive model a try. Interactive whiteboards are essentially large touchscreen devices that work and function like a whiteboard. Employers and managers can use them for presentations, training, research and other purposes.
By taking into account these features, you’ll have an easier time building the perfect office for your business. Let’s talk about your next construction project — talk to the experts at Pride One Construction today!