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Expert Series: Storage as Separation

by Julie May, Strategic Account Executive

Making the change from cubicles to open plan office environments is a major shift for any organization. Two of the biggest concerns we hear from clients are:

“We need to make sure that our employees have as much storage as they do now.”

“Our employees are used to having privacy. They sit in 6’x8’ cubicles with 60”H privacy panels.”

These are understandable concerns.

There are many factors that drive organizations to move into densified, open environments (see previous post, "Expert Series: The Changing Workplace" for common factors). Under these parameters, the application of multi-functional solutions help address many of these concerns. 

One effective solution that Innovant has routinely provided to address these concerns is the use of storage elements that serve multiple purposes: create division, provide extra surface space, and establish additional informal meeting spaces.
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Face-to-Face Storage as Separation: The personalized storage cubby units that sit in the center channel of a double-sided benching cluster do not take up any additional real estate. They provide plenty of above-work surface storage for books, binders, and personal effects, while also providing separation between colleagues. This separation helps provide a sense of privacy, while sitting low enough to meet LEED Daylighting requirements.

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Side-by-Side Storage as Separation: The bookcases and storage units pictured below are at 42”H and divide colleagues that sit side-by-side, while minimizing the overall footprint of each user position. Storage can be configured with different components depending on the client’s requirements. These units can also function as informal meeting areas.

These types of solutions help maintain privacy and provide storage, while also keeping the open plan “open” and conducive for collaboration. As Innovant continues to evolve with the ever-changing workspace, these types of storage solutions are flexible and easy to modify, which enables users to replace their storage units with new solutions in the coming years.

Expert Series: The Changing Workplace

Innovant is proud to announce the launch of its “Expert Series,” which will feature blog posts written by our very own industry experts. We’ve invited our sales team, engineers, and senior management to share their thoughts on all things related to workplace design.

Tune in each month for insights on the evolving workplace, product design, office tips, and more – all from Innovant’s team members at the forefront of workplace strategy and design.

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First up is Julie May, Innovant’s Strategic Account Executive. Her first post will be published in two parts. As an introduction to her upcoming account of storage used as separation in the modern workplace, Julie describes the factors contributing to the evolving workplace. See her breakdown the common factors below: 

Real Estate Efficiencies: Many companies are reducing their real estate portfolios and are looking at the most efficient practices for working with less space. Corporate real estate and facilities ask how they can give their employees the tools to be productive, collaborative and focused, while reducing their allotment of space per person. The average square foot per person has dropped from 225 sq ft in 2010 to 176 sq ft in 2012, with prediction of being reduced further to 100 sq ft per person by 2017. (*Data sourced from CoreNet Global.)

Sustainable and Corporate Responsibility Corporate Programs: In addition to space reductions, there has been a rise in corporate social responsibility initiatives, which include sustainability and LEED certification strategies. These often translate to open furniture plans, which have inherent sustainability benefits because they use fewer materials. Open furniture plans also minimize or eliminate such elements as panels, walls, and high storage that tend to obstruct lines of sight and access to natural light. As a result of these programs, more employees are sitting in the open environment, with senior management joining them outside their private offices.

Multiple Generations: “Collaboration” is a common word used in planning meetings to discuss strategies for boosting employee productivity. With multiple generations existing in a single workplace, studies have been conducted that show contradictory results: 1) Collaboration between multiple generations is effective in increasing productivity. 2) Younger generations like being in an open environment and older generations struggle to focus. 3) When done right and with the right worker types, the open plan can be productive and a successful platform for multiple generations to share information, develop mentorships, socialize and connect.

Workplace Tools: What works for me, as a salesperson, doesn’t necessarily work for, say, an engineer or accounting person. Each department and worker type has different requirements for work, which means that “one-size-fits-all” doesn’t necessarily work for every organization. Developing effective tools for different worker types is becoming more common and easier to manage for facilities.

Please check back next week for Julie’s insight into how “Storage as Separation” fits into these new work environments. 

Celebrating Innovant’s Partnership with Arenson   
  Last week,  Innovant  hosted a sales meeting under the guise of a wine and cheese event. The gathering marked the kickoff of the new partnership between Innovant and  Arenson , a New York City   dealer of contract furniture and architectural interiors products.  Arenson is now one of Innovant’s three preferred dealers in the New York City market for all non-trading desk client environments.   
  Arenson’s President, Carl Milanta, brought together his team members from the New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut offices. This afforded our four separate offices the opportunity to socialize over in-depth product demonstrations. We know that the success of the event foretells a fruitful partnership between our two companies.

Celebrating Innovant’s Partnership with Arenson

Last week, Innovant hosted a sales meeting under the guise of a wine and cheese event. The gathering marked the kickoff of the new partnership between Innovant and Arenson, a New York City dealer of contract furniture and architectural interiors products. Arenson is now one of Innovant’s three preferred dealers in the New York City market for all non-trading desk client environments.

Arenson’s President, Carl Milanta, brought together his team members from the New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut offices. This afforded our four separate offices the opportunity to socialize over in-depth product demonstrations. We know that the success of the event foretells a fruitful partnership between our two companies.

FORm_office  a New Standard at Major Financial Institution   More than 2000 employees will be moving from a traditional cubicle environment to bench workstations within the next 18 months. The requirements are focused on real estate efficiencies, such as footprint and densification, as well as effective user tools- ample personal storage, technical flexibility, brand expression, and collaboration.  LEED and sustainable achievements were also major factors in the selection process.   The client team selected Innovant over the competition for two reasons: the ability to provide a clean, intelligent, tailored solution and an experienced, consultative team. When proposing the Innovant package to senior management at this Fortune 100 company, the lead client project team member said,    “I remembered your message to us that ‘Innovant provides a tailored solution that doesn’t include custom pricing’. It hit home with our management team who were making the decision”.    The first projects are based in New York, where the client is consolidating their real estate portfolio to two locations. National and global projects are forecasted in the next few years.

FORm_office  a New Standard at Major Financial Institution

More than 2000 employees will be moving from a traditional cubicle environment to bench workstations within the next 18 months. The requirements are focused on real estate efficiencies, such as footprint and densification, as well as effective user tools- ample personal storage, technical flexibility, brand expression, and collaboration.  LEED and sustainable achievements were also major factors in the selection process.
 
The client team selected Innovant over the competition for two reasons: the ability to provide a clean, intelligent, tailored solution and an experienced, consultative team. When proposing the Innovant package to senior management at this Fortune 100 company, the lead client project team member said,

“I remembered your message to us that ‘Innovant provides a tailored solution that doesn’t include custom pricing’. It hit home with our management team who were making the decision”.
 
The first projects are based in New York, where the client is consolidating their real estate portfolio to two locations. National and global projects are forecasted in the next few years.

Big Win for Innovant!

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Modern Benching for Traders

Innovant recently installed 74 FORm_office™ S4T trading positions for a Strategic Investment management firm in Mid-town Manhattan. Working closely with architects from HLW International to provide traders with an optimal ergonomic workstation and office space; providing comfort for what is often 10 and 12 hour work days.

The layout of the office space is open with floor to ceiling windows and an abundance of natural light. The sleek modern design of Innovant’s FORm_office S4T benching system contributes to the space’s overall contemporary feel. Each desk provides technology support both above and below the work surface. Built in to the desktop are power and data ports for the user’s convenience.  The large work surfaces and ample storage allow for the perfect balance of an open office feeling and sense of personal space. 

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Innovant Featured in July Issue of Interior Design Magazine

         
On most trading floors around the world, the work environment seems to be one aspect that they all have in common. Traders hectically run around all day long, intensely keeping their eyes on the news tracker, making sure to be ready at any moment to make a deal to buy or sell their shares in companies around the world. This stressful image is something you won’t see at this Chicago financial services firm featured in the July issue of Interior Design Magazine. This 75,000 square-foot space, designed by architecture firm Perkins + Will, exudes an air of tranquility and peacefulness.  The beautiful office is defined by its organic nature and leaves many astounded by how all the elements of the space fit together perfectly. Natural light floods into the space through the walls of windows that wrap around the sidewalls, and are further emphasized by the tapering structural columns, which appear as though they are descending from the maple-veneered cloud canopy ceiling.                                                                                                      

 
Throughout the space one key element that allows the traders to connect their work with their office surroundings is through their desk. It is the single element where the technology and organic nature of the floor meet at a single point. Innovant’s FORm_office S120 desks were picked as the perfect medium to connect these two opposing elements together. The desks extend the organic nature of the office beyond just the solid structural walls, by seamlessly integrating the core elements of the business with the design aesthetic envisioned for the space. They combine both the white and maple surfaces used for the ceiling and walls to create a single platform, which wraps around the entire floor to connect the entire space. Managing Principal Tom Kasznia from Perkins + Will said, “Natural elements, for example how water flows, gave us ideas for shape clustered desking systems for all open office areas allowing for one aesthetic to create a visual flow. The fully system addresses the traders’ needs specifically.” The S120 desk greatly appealed to a space, which was designed around these structural columns, as its flexible nature allowed for it to be conformed to the layout of the design.


Looking through the magazine it is clear that this office stands apart from the typical high stress setting of most financial services offices. With light flooding in from all angles, and further complemented by the white and maple surfaces, the traders can immerse themselves in their work without having to be constantly reminded that they are stuck in an office. The peacefully tranquil office setting allows this stressful working environment to be calmed down to one that is constantly reminded of the natural elements of life beyond the working walls. Innovant’s desks allow for this seamless integration to happen between the organic natural elements and their highly technological business core. It’s an office that has the ability to inspire those within it, providing a clear definition for what the modern workplace should be. 

 


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Universities Turn to Benching

The Future of Education

As the world becomes more and more “social,” major changes are taking place that are transforming the way we work.  Private cubicles have become a thing of the past, as people are seeing the benefit of collaborative working spaces that stimulate creativity. Beyond even the world of business, these changes are infiltrating the education system, as students are beginning to see their library as more than a place just to seek information, but rather places of creativity and collaboration among peers. In this rapidly expanding world, there is a multitude of room for discovery that both the students and teachers recognize. The generations of students that are in school, and those yet to go are no longer stimulated by the solitude of cubical study spaces but seek motivation from their peers and the sharing of ideas with those around them.


Library study rooms, and conference like settings allow for collaborative creativity that students need. Our conference tables and FORm_office products fit these exact needs that students and school libraries are now calling for. Innovant has recognized these changes and universities have been seeking our products to outfit their libraries to become more than centers of information to centers for collaboration and creativity. In the past month two prestigious universities have selected Innovant products for their campuses.   The University of Chicago selected Innovant’s Conference line for their Regenstein Library reading tables and York University in Toronto selected FORm_office for their Osgoode Hall Law School collaborative workstations.    In April Innovant was awarded similar projects for Marist College in upstate New York, and we are currently pursuing numerous high profile higher education projects across the country with our benching and conference products.