Category Archives: Architectural Office Walls

Office Lighting – The Essential Tips and Tricks

Good lighting is a critical component in workplace design, affecting the wellness and productivity of your employees and preventing headaches, eyestrain, fatigue and even depression. Here are some tips from our team on how to perfectly light your office.

  • Optimize your natural lighting: Sunlight is easy on our eyes, supports our natural rhythms, and it’s free, so it’s a great starting point for this component of your office remodel. See where you have the best natural light and how you can use it to its full benefit, creating an inviting reception area or positioning a high-density workstation in that area. You can also increase natural light penetration into your office space by installing architectural office walls made of glass.
  • Say goodbye to fluorescent lighting: These are the bane of many office spaces, and not just because of the harsh quality light they produce. Studies have linked fluorescent lighting to melatonin and cortisol suppression, as well as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and the flicker they produce is a direct cause of stress, migraines, anxiety, eyestrain. Instead, choose LED lights. These bulbs don’t flicker, more closely mimic natural lighting and are more energy-efficient, saving you money in the long-term.
  • Balance task and ambient lighting: Ambient lighting is your general, overhead office lighting and should mimic natural lighting as closely as possible to create a comfortable, welcoming and productive space. Overhead lighting is best utilized by choosing lensed indirect lighting rather than direct parabolic lighting. Task lighting should be added in specific areas where brighter lighting is needed and should be switched on and off as required. Dimmer switches are a good idea too, allowing employees to better customize lighting, reduce glare, and create the right lighting for specific needs, like presentations.

Architectural Office Walls, Architectural Office Partitions and More from Office Furniture Specialists in NJ 

At BE Furniture, we’re here to assist clients in creating commercial office interiors that reflect their brand’s values, increase productivity and achieve the benefits of going Green. In addition to our wide range of contemporary office furniture, architectural glass walls, architectural office partitions, movable walls and other interior design features, we can also assist you with workspace design and fitment. Our eco-friendly office furniture recycling program also ensures that your remodeling project is in line with your brand’s values. For more information on our services and products, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/

 

 

What Office Amenities Do Your Employees Really Want?

One of the best tools a company has to attract and retain top talent is the amenities they can offer their employees, but what amenities are the most rewarding ones to invest in? Here are some ideas from our commercial office furniture team.

  1. Personal project time: Strictly speaking, this is more of a perk than an amenity, but it’s a great idea anyway. Pioneered by 3M, the aim is to allow employees a certain amount of time and flexibility to work on their passion projects. Although this sounds counter-productive, the reality is that it improves overall engagement and productivity as well as energy levels. Even Google has a “20% Time” rule to allow for this, which produced Gmail!
  2. Concierge services: If you want your employees to stay busy, engaged and focused at work, the best thing to do is to take some of those distracting, everyday tasks off their hands. Concierge services can take care of your employee’s personal errands, like grocery shopping, ensuring that they have one thing less to worry about in their day and they can stick to a healthier diet more easily.
  3. Wellness programs: These can be tailored to your company budget and employee needs, and can include anything from onsite gyms, yoga and health classes, to access to an onsite nurse. You can also subsidize your employee’s health club subscriptions, incentivize cycling to work, or start a company running club. Wellness programs are critical not just to employee happiness and job satisfaction, but also to reducing stress and sick days – so it works for both you and your staff.
  4. A better commute: The location of your offices isn’t always going to be convenient for everyone, but there are a few things your business can do to take the expense and stress out of a heavy-traffic commute. From offering flexible workdays and work-from-home days to a commuter shuttle, you can keep your employees feeling fresh, energized and stress-free every day.

One of the Best Amenities You Can Offer? High-Quality Commercial Office Furniture 

Great commercial office furniture is comfortable, functional and beneficial to your brand as well as the comfort and health of your employees! It’s critical to work with the right partner to develop a space that showcases your brand and puts employee engagement, productivity and health first.

BE Furniture is a New Jersey-located company that strives to meet all your contemporary office furniture and office design needs. We can assist you with everything from furniture selection, architectural walls and contemporary office interiors to remodeling and furniture recycling. For more information on the latest modern office chairs, ergonomic desks, and standing office desks, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/

Green Buildings – More Beneficial than Simply Cutting Energy Costs

Going Green is a trend that’s set to continue push the boundaries for office design for decades into the future, and for many companies the primary driver for achieving environmentally-friendly goals is to reduce energy consumption. With office buildings accounting for 19% of all commercial energy consumption, with the typical office building using 1.4 billion British thermal units (Btu) per year according to the US Energy Information Administration, it’s not hard to see why businesses are driven to lower their utilities costs. However, a recent Harvard University study has shown that there are actually even far greater benefits to the green office building trend.

This study looked at a set of green-certified (LEED) buildings in 6 different countries (USA, India, China, Germany, Turkey and Brazil) over a period of 16 years with impressive results – they identified over $6 billion in combined health and climate benefits!

The findings showed that globally, these projects saved billions in energy costs while also avoiding the release of 33,000 kilotons of CO2 into the atmosphere – the same amount that would be produced by 7.1 million passenger cars on the road for one year. This translates into $4.4 billion in public health benefits, including fewer deaths, hospitalizations and reduced respiratory conditions like asthma. As part of the total figure, $1.4 billion in climate benefits was also calculated as a result of reduced CO2, methane and nitrous oxide – dangerous greenhouse gasses.

It’s important to remember that these benefits are in addition to the $7.5 billion these building saved in terms of energy costs. LEED buildings, like those that were studied, form just one-third of all green-certified buildings in the world and perform at one of the highest standard set for eco-friendly buildings. The impact of the buildings that formed part of the study also varied from country to county, with the buildings located in China and India topping the list by creating around $10 in health and climate benefits for each dollar of energy savings.

One of the greatest features of these buildings and this trend is that the technology and processes they use don’t just bring health, productivity and wellness benefits to those who work within them, but the country and world as a whole.

Design and Remodel Your Office Space with Architectural Glass Walls and NJ Specialists in Commercial Office Interiors 

At BE Furniture, we’re here to assist clients in creating commercial office interiors that reflect their brand’s values, increase productivity and achieve the benefits of going Green. In addition to our wide range of contemporary office furniture, architectural glass walls, architectural office partitions, movable walls and other interior design features, we can also assist you with workspace design and fitment. Our eco-friendly office furniture recycling program also ensures that your remodeling project is in line with your brand’s values. For more information on our services and products, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/

Meet One of the World’s Healthiest Workplaces

On March 14th of this year, the plans for the new headquarters for the Royal College of Physicians in the United Kingdom were unveiled – a building that aims to be one of the healthiest office buildings in the world. The 160,000 square foot building, which was designed by AHR Architects and will be officially known as The Spine, will be BREEAM Excellent rated and one of the first in the world to achieve the international WELL Building Standard of modern building design.

Wellness is a Focus-Feature of The Spine 

The Spine, which takes its name from the striking staircase on its northern elevation that takes design inspiration from human vertebrae, will have some impressive features setting it apart from other workplaces. Wellness has become a focus for many big businesses and, according to Professor Jane Dacre, President of the RCP, the building will embody the RCPs commitment to wellbeing by meeting WELL targets.

Some interesting features of the building include the timber curtain wall and ceramic façade that features 23 million voronoi polygons that mimic human skin, reacting to the local environment and atmosphere to minimize noise, glare and other mechanisms. It will also feature a sky garden, plenty of natural light, restaurants and shower facilities.

What is The International WELL Standard of Modern Building Design? 

These days, employees spend a huge portion of their day in the office and the reality is that these environments have a profound effect on our health and wellbeing. For companies, this translates directly to an impact on organizational effectiveness, competitiveness and productivity. Wellness has become a focus for improvement in many companies who have realized how this can help reduce absenteeism, improve engagement, attract and keep talent, and boost productivity.

The WELL Building Standard was developed over 7 years to develop a guideline for a healthy workplace. This guideline includes promoting mental and physical health and happiness in the building, with focus areas including air, water, comfort, mind, light, nourishment and fitness for all staff members.

Use Glass Partition Walls to Promote Wellness in Your Building 

Natural light is a focus of the WELL Building Standard, and glass partition wall systems can help you create a healthier, happier and more productive workplace for your team.

BE Furniture is a full-service contemporary office furniture supplier, office design and fitment specialist dedicated to delivering a dynamic office space that suits your unique needs. In addition to designing and installing our architectural glass walls for offices, we also offer a wide range of office furniture solutions, from reception desks to ergonomic chairs and value-added environmentally-sensitive products that offer cost-effective and creative solutions.

 

For more information on our glass partition wall systems and services, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/

Inside An Office Designed By Artificial Intelligence

AI, or Artificial Intelligence, has been the realm of science fiction for decades – and it’s making its way into our homes and workplaces. From Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri, we’re slowly getting used to the idea of technology that’s intuitive and integrated with our daily lives. In an interesting new step, AI is now being used to design workplaces like the offices of AutoDesk. So, what are the results?

This company is the first place you’d expect to use AI to design an office – it’s the 16,000-square foot Toronto office of software giants who work on large-scale architecture, engineering and construction projects, after all. Each aspect of this workspace design – right down to the placement of plants – is determined and planned out by AI.

The reason for using AI was not only because it was an interesting challenge, but because the company believed this was the best way to create a space that would satisfy the most employees. This led to a system of generative design, where software is able to take in huge amounts of data, from cost, leadership/management style preferences and performance dynamics all the way to lighting preferences, who likes sitting next to whom, open plan vs cubicle preferences, and much more. This mix of data from every employee as well as design specialists resulted in the creation of a design that would deliver the highest satisfaction score.

The final design has a very unique character and shifts from department to department. For example, the two-floor office space is split with the ground floor being presentation space and the upper floor consisting of different neighborhoods. Different staff departments have their own unique neighborhood that incorporates their preferences – the 3D software design team has an open, collaborative space, while the research department has pod-like office spaces integrated with the tech rig they work on. Even the desks were chosen though the AI software, which indicated that employees preferred a warm, wood-grained option.

So, will more businesses take the AI route when it comes to designing their workplace? It’s inclusive and considerate nature certainly shows promise!

Commercial office interiors, design and fitment 

BE Furniture is a full-service corporate office design and contemporary office furniture company, offering a wide range of environmentally-sensitive and innovative products, including architectural office walls and movable walls. For more information about our products and architectural office partitions, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/

 

Introduce flexibility to your office layout with architectural walls

Commercial office interiors have changed dramatically in the last ten years. One of the main features present in this change is the movable wall. So, what has driven this innovation? And what are the benefits? Here’s what the design specialists say:

• Flexibility drives down costs, drives up productivity

In many cities around the USA and the world, office space is at a premium.

It’s expensive, it’s difficult to come by in sought-after commercial centers and it’s almost impossible to find a space that works for your business in its current state. Simply put, there’s too little space and businesses have too many needs. Old school open plan offices filled to the brim with cubicles just don’t work for many companies: not as a cost-effective option and certainly not as a productive space.

This has driven office design companies to think outside the box and come up with innovative solutions that allow businesses to expand and change as their needs evolve.

One such solution is movable architectural office walls. These glass walls can be quickly moved along rails to create different sized spaces as they are needed. Small private offices for client meetings and conference calls can be transformed into meeting spaces and boardrooms in just a few moments without taking up more space. Their composition ensures a quiet, private space, while their transparency fits in perfectly with the open plan concept.

• And there are other benefits to architectural office walls too

Flexibility isn’t the only benefit of these products. They also:

o Allow natural light to flow through the building more easily,
o Reduce eyestrain and headaches,
o Create a more pleasant work environment,
o Reduce the need for expensive artificial lighting,
o Allow managers to easily oversee teams from a quiet space without having to leave their desks, and
o Let teams brainstorm and discuss ideas without creating a noisy environment.

Expertly designed and installed architectural office partitions

At BE Furniture, we offer end-to-end office furniture solutions. From designing an office remodel to fitting and furnishing it with the latest contemporary office furniture. As a full-service furniture dealer, we can supply you with a wide range of value-added and environmentally-sensitive products including reception desks, standing desks, collaborate-focused office furniture, and glass partition wall systems.

For more information on our modern office design services and contemporary office furniture, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/