5 Essential Design Tips from Professional Office Space Planners

Posted by Tom Johnstone on Dec 8, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Regardless of whether they conduct operations from a stylish and trendy loft or the top floors of a downtown skyscraper, all businesses need to get optimal value from their space — so that it’s an asset that drives productivity and profitability, instead of a liability that contributes to inefficiency and waste.

To help your business get the most ROI from your environment, here are 5 essential design tips from office space planners. These are experienced and knowledgeable professionals who know that “time is money” isn’t the only axiom on the business landscape — because “space is money”, too.

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Topics: Space Planning

What Does Design Build Mean in Office Renovations?

Posted by Jerry Johnstone on Dec 1, 2017 11:30:00 AM

A design build approach is typically associated with new construction projects, such as building a new warehouse facility, commercial space or residential home. However, design build also applies to office renovations, where it delivers several important advantages.

Before answering the question “what does design build mean in office renovations?”, it is helpful to take a step back and look at the traditional project delivery model(often referred to as design-bid-build), and highlight where it falls short.

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Topics: Office Renovation

5 Critical Questions to Ask When Evaluating Office Design Companies

Posted by Tom Johnstone on Nov 27, 2017 11:30:00 AM

When it comes to refreshing — or in some cases, re-inventing — their work environment, many businesses need to answer important questions about their (soon-to-be-new) space, such as:

  • Do we need to encourage and enable cross-team collaboration?
  • What are our privacy preferences, and what are our privacy obligations per regulations?
  • Do we need to occasionally accommodate remote workers and/or teams?
  • Do we need or want to establish multi-purpose space for different uses?
  • Do we want our space to incorporate energy efficient “green” technologies and innovations?
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Topics: Office Design

3 Common — and Costly — Misconceptions About Dental Office Interior Design

Posted by Dan Johnstone on Nov 21, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Every dentist, whether they have just started their journey in the field, or are thinking about life-after-dentistry, knows that dental office interior design plays a key role in both practice success and patient satisfaction.

What’s more, most dentists have translated their awareness of dental office interior design into significant improvements and investments. Indeed, gone are the days when waiting areas and treatment rooms were suitably clinical, functional and sterile, but devoid of “humanizing” factors such as plants, artwork, soft carpeting, and other elements. Some pediatric practices even have aquariums to soothe and engage anxious kids (and give their parents a break from endless chants of “when can we go home!”).

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Topics: Dental Office Renovation

5 Medical Office Design Tips for Happy Patients, Engaged Staff & Successful Practices

Posted by Jerry Johnstone on Nov 10, 2017 11:30:00 AM

When it comes to running a successful and patient-focused practice, all doctors regardless of their area of specialization would agree that the “5 C’s” they need to demonstrate every single day — and sometimes well into the night — are competence, communication, compassion, confidentiality and consistency.

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Topics: Office Design

3 Dental Office Renovation Best Practices

Posted by Tom Johnstone on Nov 3, 2017 11:30:00 AM

You may have been mulling it over for months — or perhaps even years — and now, at last, you are ready to move forward and make your dental office renovation vision a reality. To help make the experience successful and rewarding, here are three best practices to keep in mind:

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Topics: Dental Office Renovation

Pediatric Dental Office Design: Tips for Catering to Kids & Grown-Ups

Posted by Dan Johnstone on Oct 25, 2017 11:30:00 AM

As noted by DentalEconomics.com, by the year 2020 pediatric dentists are expected to comprise the second-largest group of practicing dentists — which means that competition for family loyalty and referrals will grow even more intense than it is now. 

Of course, families will ultimately choose (or in some cases, change) their pediatric dentist based on a variety of key factors, such as what solutions and services are offered, billing policies, local proximity, and so on.

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Topics: Dental Office Renovation

5 Ways that Modern Office Design Impacts the Bottom-Line

Posted by Jerry Johnstone on Oct 17, 2017 11:30:00 AM

When it comes to residential design, it’s perfectly fine — and in fact, usually preferred — for decisions to generate qualitative benefits and outcomes. For example, adding a bay window can make a living room brighter and more welcoming, while installing decorative wall coverings can make a den (or man cave) cozier. 

However, when the scene shifts to the workplace, executives typically need to justify or authorize office decisions based on their quantitative connection to ROI. To that end, here are 5 ways that modern office design impacts the bottom-line:

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Topics: Office Design

3 Elements that Separate Old School from Future-Focused Office Design

Posted by Dan Johnstone on Oct 12, 2017 11:30:00 AM

There is nothing wrong with having a fondness for the classics. For example, some of the greatest music, literature and art that many people around the world enjoy today was created centuries ago. And in a somewhat more practical and down-to-earth way, a number of organizations are embracing a more conventional or classic approach to things like workplace attire (i.e. “business casual” is tilting more towards business, and less towards casual).

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Topics: Office Design

3 Tips to Make the Most of Your Studio Office Design Strategy

Posted by Jerry Johnstone on Oct 6, 2017 2:00:00 PM

On today’s business landscape, long-term success — and in many cases, short-term survival — isn’t just driven by sufficient cash flow and profitable customers. There’s another “C” in the mix that can be more valuable, and also rarer, than both: creatives! 

Now, before you start imagining folks wearing frocks and mixing paint on a palette: today’s creatives are the skilled professionals who work across all fields and industries, and who are tasked with coming up with everything from a standing ovation-worthy speech for the CEO at the next employee retreat, to a killer marketing campaign that drives brand visibility and attracts new customers, to a training program that boosts employee engagement and productivity — and the list goes on.

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Topics: Office Design