A well-designed office space offers companies great returns on their investment in terms of efficiency, productivity and brand representation. Here are some tips from our commercial architecture team in NJ for creating an optimal commercial building design.
- Always maximize natural light: In the USA, a typical office worker spends around 90% of their waking hours indoors – usually at a workstation in front of a computer screen. This limited exposure to natural light is known to have negative effects on an individual, impacting on their mood, productivity and health. Simply by focusing your design on bringing sunshine and natural light into your space, your employees will be healthier, happier and more productive.
- Insulate your space: Good quality insulation is one of the most economical and eco-friendly means to reducing your building’s energy costs. There are several highly-effective insulation options available on the market that are very affordable and green, including shredded denim, hemp, sheep’s wool. The quality of insulation is measured by its R-value, with R-1 being the lowest quality and R60 being the highest. In addition to insulating walls, ceilings and between floors, make sure that windows are made of insulated glass and sealed correctly.
- Ensure effective air flow: A high-quality ventilation system ensures a comfortable working environment, clean and fresh air, and savings on your building’s operational costs. For buildings and workspaces where unused rooms are common, choose a variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system that can provide specific heating and cooling to different zones without a significant increase in energy usage.
- Create break-out zones: These are communal spaces that provide a collaborative and casual environment where employees can brainstorm, have lunch, meet clients and discuss ideas without interrupting the work of those around them. They provide a change of scenery and environment that is key to stress-relief as well as encouraging creativity, communication and innovation.
- Stay flexible: In the modern workplace, flexibility is essential even when it comes to furniture and office walls. Being able to remake your workspace with minimal hassle allows a building to adapt as businesses grow and change, working with your company’s needs. This allows you to create private workspaces, communal meeting rooms and reception areas with ease, changing their size and orientation without the expense of a new fit-out.
Commercial architecture NJ – Flexible, Practical Solutions that Support Your Brand’s Vision
The New Jersey architectural firm of Seth A. Leeb offers full-service solutions for commercial building design projects in the New Jersey area. With 20 years of experience in the commercial architecture industry in restaurant, hospitality, office and dental office design, we can provide the expertise, skills and innovative thinking you need to create a workplace that fits your vision and embodies your brand. For more information on working with us or to find out more about architectural design in NJ, please contact us today or visit our website at https://leeb-architecture.com/