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Helping Cleveland Reopen

Helping Cleveland Reopen

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July 08, 2020 Category: Whats New, Knowledge

Covid-19 has left a serious mark on our communities, our State, our Nation, our entire Planet.  We have been busy doing our part to help Cleveland area businesses protect their employees and customers as we all reopen.  We have paid close attention to the needs of businesses and strive to be up to date on new compliance recommendations and mandates. As the manufacturer of gen2 office furniture, we knew we had the custom capabilities necessary to quickly and efficiently start the production of glass and acrylic barriers which we are all seeing in public spaces.  Our gen2 Germ Shields and gen2 Zone dividers are custom made to fit in any application with universal mounting hardware. We have also been working with employers converting their once open office spaces with taller workstation panels and stackers to provide safer environments for their employees.  We know this time is hard on everyone, but after the great sacrifices we as Ohioans have and will continue to make, we must work together to protect each other and get our economy moving again.  National Office is offering free space planning and professional advice to keep you in compliance and as safe as possible. If you would like to learn more about compliance or efficient work from home desks, please contact us. Here are just some photos of the Cleveland businesses opening, that we have had the great opportunity of being able to be a part

What Happens When We Return to the Workplace?

What Happens When We Return to the Workplace

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April 09, 2020 Category: Whats New, Knowledge

More than once a day we find ourselves pondering when will this end, what will the workplace look like post-pandemic. This is a constant thought among us as well, as we work with businesses daily to prepare their offices for the return of the workforce. We have a team on staff constantly researching new solutions and working towards new products to accommodate this new era, the following is an article referring to a study done regarding design and what the office will need to move forward.     Creating healthy and safe environments for the incoming workforce, and getting our at-home workers set up to battle through these tough times, is our top priority.  We truly are all in this, and will get through this..together! - CEO Greg Schneider       Article By Janet Pogue McLaurin The coronavirus has turned everything upside down. But, now that we’re starting to get the hang of working from home, our clients are beginning to wonder how they can prepare to bring people back into the office when the crisis subsides. We know from new Gensler Research Institute workplace data that a well-designed workplace is still the place that people want to be. In the U.S. Workplace Survey 2020, we asked that very question – posing the options between home, the company’s workplace, a coworking space, or coffee shop. Unquestionably, the office was people’s preferred place to work, as long as it’s designed to support th

What it takes to spin a good yarn!

What it takes to spin a good yarn!

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January 08, 2020 Category: Knowledge

That plastic bottle you tossed into the recycling bin yesterday could end up in the chair you’ll be sitting in tomorrow! Well, perhaps not quite that fast, but eventually. It may seem hard to believe, like many a well-spun yarn (story), but in the textile industry it’s actually true. That’s because the basic component in the textile manufacturing industry—fiber—can be either natural or synthetic. A fiber is a substance that’s significantly longer than it is wide. Natural fibers (known as staple fibers) develop or occur in the fiber shape and come from animal, vegetable and mineral sources, such as wool, silk, cotton and linen. Then there are synthetic, or man-made, fibers (known as filament fibers), which are cellulosic, thermoplastic and mineral in nature. Their chemical composition is significantly modified during the manufacturing process, and they are used to produce rayon, polyester, nylon and fiberglass. This is not the type of fiber your doctor tells you to eat for good health, but it definitely supports a healthy textile industry! Is one type of fiber better than the other?                 Similar to how both true and fabricated elements can go into spinning a good story or yarn, both natural and synthetic fibers can be spun into yarn in the textile industry. Yarn is simply a group of fibers twisted together to form one continuous strand, and then many strands are woven into fabri

THE KEYS TO OPEN OFFICE SUCCESS

THE KEYS TO OPEN OFFICE SUCCESS

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November 22, 2019 Category: Knowledge, Article

Furniture and layout play an outsized role in the success of open office designs. Here’s why – and what you can do about it. More than any other single factors, furnishings, and layout drive the success – or failure – of open plan office design. Creating an open plan office where people can be productive demands an honest look at your client’s company culture and the way they do business. Open office design means different things to different people, notes Dave Madson, principal at CBT, an architecture,  interior design and urban design firm. Even the companies that fully embrace the open office concept still need enclosed or semi-enclosed areas for group collaboration, private conversations, and individual work. It’s a good idea to start the design process by understanding why your client wants an open plan design solution in the first place and envisioning how other spaces and design features can make that approach successful. Companies that implement an open office strategy tend to do so for one of two reasons, explains Angie Lee, vice president of buildings for Stantec, a global design firm: • Cost reduction. Open-plan offices allow you to fit more people into a space, which minimizes your square footage requirements. • Recruitment and retention. Open office implementation can be part of an overall upgrade aimed at keeping the talent you have and bringing in new people. open office space types The most f

Educational Design

Educational Design

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October 03, 2019 Category: Educational, Knowledge

The average age of the American school building is 50 years. “Schools are one building type that we’re all familiar with because we’ve all been to school,” says Prakash Nair, president and founding partner of Fielding Nair Architects, specialists in learning space design.  Schools followed the “sage on the stage” model — that is, a classroom layout with a central platform where the teacher stands, and chairs that face it. It’s simple enough, and it worked well enough. The challenge now, according to Nair, is to imagine “what a school could be, as opposed to what it has always been.”       What Is Usually Overlooked In Learning Space Design According to teacher and former interior designer Erin Klein, space planners often “miss incorporating the students’ ideas and opinions.” It’s not the architect’s fault. “One of the first things architects and designers do is they have to bid for jobs that they’re interested in or clients come to them. Either way, they’re consulting with the client. However, that doesn’t happen in education,” Klein says. She further explains how architects and designers consult with administrative teams instead of students and teachers. The result is consistent with Nair’s concern: Architects end up designing what they think classroom design traditionally looks like, missing the mark

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