Category Archives: Commercial Office Interiors

How to Measure the ROI of an Office Remodel

If your organization wants to drive growth, edge out the competition, and support staff productivity, then it’s essential to realize the role your office design and environment play as a valuable point for engagement. Office design may seem a secondary part of your organizational strategy for success, but when you have a workplace that’s desirable to the workforce, you’re going to be positioned to attract the best team. Here’s some insight into the two main factors to consider when measuring ROI for investing in your office fit-out, from NJ specialists in commercial office interiors.

Optimization of Space Usage: 

With the right office remodel and fit-out, organizations can make significant savings by reducing wasted space and preventing the need for costly office relocation. Office space is one of the main expenses for businesses of every size and, therefore, the use of space needs to be tailored to each business in order to utilize it efficiently. In fact, some organizations who undertake a space utilization analysis may find that they have so much additional wasted space that they can meaningfully reduce the number of offices they use (thereby making savings over their lease period), expand their teams without moving offices or develop space that can be then leased to other businesses for additional income.

Disrupting Disengagement: 

The other factor to consider when determining the ROI of an office redesign is its impact on employee engagement. Great amenities, a stylish and welcoming design, and functionality are all fundamental to employee performance and engagement. By implementing a design that supports your employee’s work needs and wellness and that creates a positive impact on clients as well as staff, your office space can become a place where people want to work. This not only helps to support your current team and their ability to reach their goals, but also helps attract new talent to help grow your business and make it more competitive.

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At BE Furniture, we’re here to assist our clients in creating commercial office interiors that reflect their brand’s values, increase productivity, and achieve sustainability goals – optimizing their ROI.

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/

A Great Office Design Always Includes Soundproofing

Planning a new office fit-out in 2020? With so many decisions to make about office cubicle systems, modern office workstations and desks, and interior office design, it’s easy to forget about one thing that’s essential to every successful office design: soundproofing.

Better Soundproofing Means Better Productivity

Have you ever been in an office or restaurant for a meeting where it was impossible to hear what was being said on the other side of the table? Or in a conference room where it’s impossible to hold a private meeting because anything anyone says bounces and echoes around the room? It’s frustrating and it’s bad for business! And, it shows just how important soundproofing really is if you want your office space and employees to be productive. 

As our offices have gotten busier and more open, noise levels have increased – a problem noted as early as 1972 in the Noise Control Act. According to health professionals and the act itself, noise doesn’t just mean an increase in distraction, as “Problems related to noise include stress-related illnesses, high blood pressure, speech interference, hearing loss, sleep disruption, and lost productivity.”

Modern offices thrive in downtown environments. But, these prime locations don’t necessarily support productivity and employee wellness as much as they should. This is where clever office design becomes essential, creating the quiet and relaxation so essential to de-stress the workplace so that your organization can get the best from both worlds.

Soundproofing and Your Office Fit-Out – Speak to Our NJ team about Office Cubicle Systems, Office Design, and More

A professional office fit-out service will look beyond color schemes and corporate office. It will address your office’s potential from the very foundations up. Existing buildings usually haven’t been designed with consideration to the noise and requirements of a modern office. However, an experienced team can deliver great results with the right approach to soundproofing in the form of sound reduction and sound absorption to create an ideal work environment.

BE Furniture in New Jersey can help you create a functional and appealing workspace that not only supports your brand, but also helps your employees optimize their productivity. In addition to our wide range of office furniture, including office cubicle systems, office cubicle walls, and modern office workstations and desks, our team can also assist you with workspace design and office furniture fit-outs

We also offer eco-friendly recycling and used furniture removal options for all your old office furniture and fittings. For more information on our services and products, including our range of contemporary office furniture, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/

 

Inside 5 of the World’s Top Tech Offices

In recent years, tech companies have been dominating the innovative office design industry, demonstrating how innovation and creativity can create a high-performance workplace. Here is some inspiration from some of the most noteworthy tech offices from around the world.

Airbnb USA Headquarters

Airbnb has transformed the short-term rental industry and how we see our homes. So, it should be no surprise that it’s changing how we see offices too. Their San Francisco office was designed by the company’s Environments Team and local architects to create a truly unique space. The revitalization of this building meant bringing in as much natural light as possible through the original glass structure, stripping the building down to its core. As a global company, the building has a global theme, with different spaces including cafes, building floors, and meeting rooms reflecting different cities and countries around the world.

Dropbox

The new Sydney offices for Dropbox is all about creating engagement and relationships between staff and the public. The vision encapsulates the home design trend in corporate design, creating a sleek and modern space that’s welcoming and warm. It’s an open but comfortable space that’s all about bringing different work styles together in the same space.

Squarespace

These New York City offices span three floors of the historic Maltz Building (a manufacturing hub for the Printing House District in the mid-20th century), with a sweeping rooftop deck and ground-floor lobby as well as an event space. This office space is all about coexistence. It creates an environment where individual and collaborative work modes can come together to support high-performance individuals and teams. Unlike many tech spaces, this design doesn’t use bold color. Instead, it relies on the texture and appeal of rich wood, glass, and polished concrete.

SKB Kontur

This Russian IT company develops software for a conservative sector, namely accounting and business management. But, there’s nothing that’s conservative about their office design. It is both bold and youthful, and it screams for your attention, from the robust colors that define the different zones of the organization to its dedication to being a self-supporting unit. Not only does it have the typical spaces of traditional workplaces, but it also has a conference hall, study rooms, libraries, a bar, canteens, and sports areas.

Uber

Few companies have disrupted an industry quite as quickly and powerfully as Uber. Their new Advanced Technology Group offices in Pittsburgh follow the same idea by transforming a warehouse into a cathedral, which accentuates functionality first as well as the values and vision of the company. A stark white glass and steel building, this office space is all about the development of ground-breaking autonomous car development. By creating 360-degree workspaces for each team member, complete with expansive desk space, room for prototypes and more, each person has their own, individual high-tech, fully-equipped workshop. In addition to collaborative spaces and workstations, the facility also has a fully-functioning machine shop where prototypes are built, engineered, and tested.

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Open Ceilings Vs. Drop Ceilings in the Workplace

Open ceilings have become increasingly popular in office design over the past decade or so. The taste for deconstructed, industrial spaces doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, and open ceilings are an integral part of that aesthetic. However, before you decide on an open ceiling look for your office, you should consider its pros and cons versus those of drop ceilings. Take a look at these points as you weigh your options:

Cost

The general perception is that open ceilings must be cheaper, since they eliminate the need for any additional materials such as ceiling boards and joists, and the labor required to install them. This is only partially true. While it may be true that the initial cost of an open ceiling is somewhat cheaper – about 25 % – you may often find that, once you strip away the old ceiling boards or tiles, there is far more work and hidden problems underneath than you initially anticipated. One of the main features of open ceilings is the exposed ducts and wiring. If you are working with an existing building that has not been built with open ceilings in mind, you may very well find that the pipes and wiring are an absolute eyesore. You will then need to fix, replace and dress them up, doing a lot of work and construction to make your ceiling look casually deconstructed. That will cost more time and money.

Aesthetics

As mentioned above, the deconstructed look of an open ceiling is not always as simple as it appears. That ‘deconstructed’ look needs to be ‘constructed’. With a closed ceiling, at least you know what you’re getting: a neat grid of tiles which may look cold and clinical but, at least, they are presentable. 

If you are willing to take on the cost of open ceilings, then you need to consider whether it will really suit the culture and purpose of your business. You may find that a tidy drop ceiling suits you better. Don’t just follow the trends, go with what works for you.

Think carefully about the image you want to present to your external stakeholders too, especially in reception areas and meeting rooms. When planning a conference room with open ceilings, for example, consider your furniture options, and what would work best in that communal, often public-facing space.  

Sound

The tiles used in suspended ceilings are designed to absorb ambient sound and keep noise levels down in your office space. With an open ceiling, you lose that acoustic protection. Ambient noise comes through easily, which means that people then have to raise their voices to be heard. This could disrupt your work. It’s a problem that you can get around with adequate planning and a good structural designer. But, you need to take the higher costs into account.

We have all the great new office design ideas you need. Contact us for help in designing a beautiful and cost-effective office space.

Tips for Change Management When You’re Moving to a New Office Location

Moving your office to a new location involves a myriad of decisions. Not only do you need to ensure that the new office is on brand and offers employees and staff a great experience, but you also have to manage the change with existing employees.

Some of the questions that office managers and business owners ask during this time include:

  • Do I need to consult with my staff?
  • What is the impact of commuting versus relocation?
  • What do my employment contracts say?
  • What if someone won’t or can’t move?

Here are a few tips to help you with the office relocation:

Be Prepared

Prior to move day, make sure that everything that can fit into a crate or a box is packed away into a crate or a box. Desks, cupboards, and drawers need to be empty. IT equipment needs to be sealed in an IT bag. Personal items, valuables, and breakables should be placed in a specific area to be taken home.

Every Item Needs a Label

Everything that needs to be moved needs to have a label or else the movers won’t know where to put the boxes when they arrive at the new location.

Relook Your Office Furniture

Now is the perfect time to sell your old office furniture and upgrade to contemporary office furniture. Imagine how excited your staff will be to learn that you will have ergonomic furniture, flexible desks, sit stand desks or other great furniture options waiting for them at the new location. Visit BE Furniture to pick out the high-quality and affordable items you need for your new office.

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Green Features to Include in Your Office Redesign

Many things are responsible for the creation of greenhouse gas, but buildings are right at the top of the list. Power usage, emissions, and the resources used to renovate them all add up, and many offices aren’t built once. When we can’t figure out how to make them work for us anymore, they are often demolished.

If your company is embarking on an office redesign, it is a prime opportunity to incorporate green features. Here are a few ideas:

Sustainable Lighting

Switch office light bulbs from normal bulbs to energy-saving light bulbs. While the initial cost is more expensive, the light bulbs will save you a lot of money on electricity bills.

Natural Lighting

If the office redesign includes a large revamp where office walls will be changed, try to include more windows so that employees have more natural lighting during the day.

Water-Saving Fixtures

Water-saving fixtures throughout the building can drastically reduce the amount of water the building consumes in a month.

Architectural Office Partitions

Instead of focusing on a permanent redesign, why not opt for architectural office partitions? Not only do these movable walls offer greater layout flexibility, but it can be used to help create the new spaces and boardrooms that are needed without buying more building materials.

Going green doesn’t have to mean higher costs for your office. When you implement more sustainable business practices, you will see why being good to the environment is also good for the bottom line. Contact BE furniture for more information about modern office furniture today.