National Project Group and our architectural firm partners see COVID-19 changing the future of commercial office space design forever.
Think Forward with Commercial Office Design Architectural firms that specialize in healthcare look to create a healthy, safe, functional space while not compromising a pleasing aesthetic. Commercial offices in the Covid-19 era can take a nod from this design.National Project Group has partnered with some of the nation's top commercial healthcare architectural firms that understand new design while maintaining healthy standards and functionality.Hospital administrators and medical center professionals are working together with commercial office professionals to rethink the design of their workspaces. National Project Group feels working together will help us all start the new trends and safety specifications for healthcare and commercial industries.
Main Objectives in Commercial Office Design Commercial office design needs the same objectives as healthcare architectural design.
By targeting the following objectives, you’ll create a beautiful, leading-edge, and welcoming workspace that fully supports the needs of your employees.
As technologies advance, so should the way you use them in your commercial office. In the world of healthcare, many clinics and hospitals now use digital kiosks to streamline the visitor's check-in process.
You can maximize your office use of with a few of these changes:
Video Conferencing: Video conferences will be a new way of collaboration even when in the same building. Designing conference and collaboration rooms with large video monitors and desktop and/or mobile computers fit with webcams allow meetings regardless of location.
Mobile Computer Workstations: Wheeled workstations allow employees to move from room to room so they can keep their workspace clean and mobile.
Charging Stations: Have charging stations throughout your facility for both your employees and clients. As visitors wait, they can charge their devices while safely distancing themselves and using a non-contact charging station.
The future of office design means architects create spaces anyone in the office can adapt to. A few basic modifications can create the spaces you need to keep your employees and customers feeling safe and healthy.
Prefabricated Partition In healthcare, you use prefabricated participants to split large exam rooms into two to three smaller exam rooms. This works especially well in emergency room settings.
You can do the same thing in an office setting. A prefabricated wall takes less time to install than a traditional wall and offers flexibility. When you need a new office, you can break the walls down quickly.
Shell Spaces Shell spaces are unfinished areas with four perimeter walls inside of a larger building. Commercial offices benefit from these spaces because they can clear the space out quickly and re-use it.
Centralized Workstations Centralized workstations will look different in a COVID-19 safe commercial office space. They can still exist, but they will be six feet apart.
Modular Rail Storage Systems Modular rail storage systems will become the norm if they haven't already. They're efficient and easy to keep items separate and clean.
Porous materials will become a thing of the past in office design. You can inspire confidence in your company by using the right materials to keep your employees healthy.
Antimicrobial TruzGuard® Steel Amid the uncertainty of the global health crisis, building users are increasingly seeking assurance of the cleanliness of surfaces they encounter.
You can help your company avoid bacteria growth and surface contact contamination with TruzGuard steel. Incorporating an innovative antimicrobial coating over durable galvanized steel, TruzGuard is an outstanding material solution for fabrication into interior siding and storage products.
Use products that deliver confidence by inhibiting the growth of microbes including bacteria, mold, and mildew. Available in a range of versatile colors and steel thicknesses, TruzGuard provides a robust solution for wainscoting for common areas, entryways, locker rooms, food preparation environments, and cabinets.
Use products that are suited for a diverse range of industries including retail, food service, warehouse, health care, and other industries with employee and customer interaction will reduce the spread of viruses.
Copper Copper finishes are naturally antimicrobial and specifically used to kill E. coli, certain strains of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), the influenza A virus, adenovirus, and other infective agents. Moreover, a copper coating is aesthetically pleasing. For example, copper door handles used to help prevent the spread of infection are not only attractive but also add richness and warmth to space.
Photoactive Pigments Glass, ceramic, and steel surfaces coated in photoactive pigments kill microbes when they are exposed to artificial or natural UV rays. These coatings are often found on commercial and residential bathroom tiles to help them stay clean longer.
Indigo Lighting Installing indigo LED lighting can help kill bacteria. When bacteria absorbs the light emitted by indigo LED bulbs, a chemical reaction is caused, which destroys the microbe’s cells. In the new design of commercial office spaces, architectural firms will use indigo lighting to limit the spread of airborne bacteria. These infection-control features can help improve the safety of everyone in the building.
Biophilic interior design brings the outdoors inside. In hospitals, biophilic design most often connects communal spaces—entrances, waiting rooms, and cafeterias—to daylight and nature to promote a calming environment for all who enter. This will all crossover to new workplace environments due to new guidelines that have stemmed from COVID-19.
Embrace Natural Light Start implementing a biophilic design in your workspace by first inviting more natural light into space. Floor-to-ceiling windows, glass curtain walls, and skylights reduce the need for artificial lighting and help improve staff moods. Additionally, a recent study published in the research journal Microbiome found that daylight exposure can serve as a natural disinfectant, specifically helping to kill bacteria commonly found in dust.
Integrate Views of Nature When designing a new space, try to implement a number of trees into a large plaza beneath a light-filled atrium inside the building’s entrance. Visitors can enjoy these views of nature while they wait. Moreover, the atrium naturally helps with ventilation, which is especially important in an office building located in a humid climate.
Consider the Space and User The biophilic design successfully blends form and function and is perfect for non-sterile spaces, such as communal plazas. Consider this design carefully when implementing it in other areas of a facility. For example, private offices should get ample natural light, but window design must not violate an employee's privacy.It’s also not always feasible to have vegetation in certain areas of a facility. In those cases, nature can be accessed through artwork and even earth-colored tones on finishes, walls, and floors.
Neutral-Colored Offices and Visitors Areas A neutral-colored palette makes spaces appear more sophisticated and helps people feel more at ease. You can also add calming pops of pastel shades, such as blue sky blue or mint green, without losing the room’s sense of serenity.
Private Offices and Collaboration Areas Secluded rooms in which employees and visitors can enjoy complimentary fresh coffee, watch TV, and surf the web on facility-provided mobile tablets will make them feel like VIPs. Comfortable armchairs and sofas, as well as warm wall colors, will make the space feel cozy.
Incorporating Healthcare Interior Design Trends in Your Facility Careful thought must go into planning healthcare interior design into the new commercial office environments. The architectural firms National Project Group works with have years of experience designing for the healthcare sector and implementing the interior features that lead to the best employee and visitor experiences. They consider every aspect of your project, from aesthetic and technical needs and desires to budget and employee satisfaction.
Whether you want to incorporate some of these healthcare interior design trends in an existing facility or you are looking to design and build a brand new facility, National Project Group and our network of professionals will help you achieve your goals.
Contact us today to discuss your project with one of our team members. We will gladly introduce you to one of our architectural firms that we've partnered with to answer all your questions.