Desktop storage solutions galore! Here are a few options for storage
infills that can be integrated directly into the work surface of our new
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Desktop storage solutions galore! Here are a few options for storage
Innovant, a leader in collaborative work environments, announces another noteworthy commercial contract scheduled for completion in
A private investment management firm has selected Innovant’s FORm_office Adjustable Height bench as the workstation standard for its New York City headquarters. The firm has also selected Innovant’s PRIVATE_office product to furnish almost 90 perimeter and core offices, accommodating 100 employees.
Despite recent workplace trends shifting towards open plan designs, a significant portion of the staff will retain private offices. Efficiently sized, these offices require workstations with reduced footprints. The casegoods specification process was therefore adapted for untraditional dimensions. Through a unique development process, the client gained direct access to Innovant’s team. This enabled Innovant to match the client’s original design intent with a cost-effective solution.
Designed in partnership with architecture firm Shelton, Mindel & Asscoiates, Inc., in association with A+I, each of the private offices reflect a unified standard of cantilevered adjustable height desks integrated directly into workwalls. This product capability, along with Innovant’s sophisticated visualization tools, drove the award.
“The design team originally approached Innovant because of our
expertise in adjustable height furniture. They initially considered the
private office design to be so special that only a millworker would be
successful. We demonstrated how Innovant could tailor existing private
office casegoods to incorporate cantilevered adjustable height desks. By
applying our mass production knowledge to all of the tailored elements,
Innovant also delivered the best price.” – Eli Shapiro, Vice President
In addition to the tailored private offices and over 140 workstation positions, Innovant will construct over 170 millwork pieces. These pieces include benches, tack boards and conference room workwalls with Day-2 capabilities for integrating adjustable height desking.
For more information about Innovant, its FORm_office™ benching, or PRIVATE_office product, please visit http://www.innovant.com.
Making the change from cubicles to open plan office environments is a major shift for any organization. Two of the biggest concerns we often hear from clients are related to retaining sufficient storage and privacy. When shifting to more densified, open environments, the application of multi-functional solutions, such as storage elements that provide separation or privacy, can help address these concerns.
One main motivator behind this densification is the desire among companies to reduce their real estate portfolios, which leads them to look at the most efficient practices for working with less space. Corporate real estate and facilities managers ask how they can give their employees the tools to be productive, collaborative and focused, while reducing their allotment of space per person. One effective solution is to utilize furniture that serves multiple purposes, to create division and provide extra surface space; we call this, “storage as separation.”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.
By adding tailored privacy panels or storage units to Innovant’s workstations, privacy can be achieved with full utility and an enhanced aesthetic impact. What results is a “not so open plan” environment that balances privacy and interaction in the workplace.
by Rocky Lotito, Account Executive
The first week of August marks “Simplify Your Life Week,” a time for us to reevaluate our lifestyles, habits, and environments in order to rid ourselves of clutter. Doing away with needless items and time-consuming busywork frees up both physical and mental space for the things that are most important. This kind of prioritizing is vital in the workplace, where minutiae can pile up faster than we can get rid of it unless we take the initiative to organize (read: simplify) our lives.
With this in mind, Innovant provides several methods for office-life simplification, including:
Cable Management: Innovant’s sophisticated cable management system not only hides unsightly, spaghetti-like cables from view, it also provides practical elements for organizing visible cabling. Combinations of grommets, brush strips, and center well cable drops offer users multiple options for cleanly running tabletop cables to hidden power supplies. Desktop power options even allow users to plug in transient items like cell phones and tablets without disrupting permanent cabling for workstation items. This management system allows workstations to maintain an orderly appearance, while also preventing any accidental trips over cords that could endanger workers or accidentally power down critical systems.
Storage: Our clients often seek storage options that don’t occupy too much real estate. Innovant’s storage pedestals fit neatly below workstations for seamless storage integration. Whether static or mobile, these modular storage units provide flexibility that can account for future growth. Worktop storage cubes, which do not require tools for installation or removal, can be easily placed anywhere along a work surface. This provides end-users with dedicated places to store critical items and papers for easy access. Other below-work surface items like bookcases or trash receptacles offer versatile storage solutions to keep workstations free of clutter.
Technology Integration: Innovant desks make it easier than any other brand of furniture for clients to make hardware and cabling changes. IT staff can deftly access the raceway from above through either flip-up panels or slide-out worktops. This means staff can make major technology adjustments without ever having to get their knees dirty. Additionally, the generous size of our raceway provides maximum flexibility for mounting and arranging devices. This ensures that there is no mess within the frame, rendering neat and effective IT planning permanently viable.
Center Well Accessories: Placing accessories in the center well also helps keep workstations neat and orderly. These accessories eliminate the need for workers to bring their own gadgets, which disrupts workplace uniformity. Options include center well task lights that come in a variety of forms and finishes, all of which integrate seamlessly into the raceway. We also offer several power units, including a flush-mounted unit that can pop open for use or snap closed when not in use. Finally, though the pencil tray infill is a simple item, it provides users a place to corral pens, pencils, markers, etc., all of which tend to be the most likely culprits of desktop clutter.
By incorporating such features into our products, Innovant has successfully tailored its workstations for countless clients, which helps ensure employee productivity.
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.
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.
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.
INNOVANT CONFERENCE PRODUCTS:
This product range was developed in order to address the complexities of open plan environments. Breakout spaces for private meetings or conferencing are vital for creating a collaborative yet productive work environment. With this in mind, Innovant seamlessly adapted the designs for both its private office products and award-winning workstations into a single, complementary line of conference products. This line includes tables, “Big” and “Small,” and casegoods, such as credenzas and wall units.
Visit Innovant’s website for more information about it’s line of Conference Products.
“Tired of sitting down all day?” This is the opening question posed in a recent Business Insider article, Here’s Why Standing At Your Desk Could Be a Better Way to Work, by Megan Reynolds. Citing studies that show “moving around improves circulation, posture and brain function,” Reynolds states “offices where employees sit down all day are inhibiting staff from working to their full potential.”
In order to counteract the negative effects of sitting at a desk all day, Reynolds offers the height-adjustable desk as an ideal solution “where people can sit or stand without leaving their workstation.” With Innovant’s adjustable FORm_office bench, the simple touch of a button raises and lowers the work surface, allowing users to work at any height.
“Although they are not mainstream yet, height-adjustable desks have become more popular across a broad range of industries over the last 12 months,” Reynolds states. This popularity stems from such factors as the health benefits and productivity-boosting effects of standing while you work.
A Balanced Workstation - Tailored Solution for one of Innovant’s NYC Projects in Mid-town
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“Conference tables from Innovant are ideal for outfitting larger offices when combined with the company’s FORm_office system. From technology-rich touchdown tables to traditional conferencing, the Innovant conference line features a full complement of user-accessible services and advanced cable management tools. Access to power, data, video and USB ports is provided by flush-mount, pop-up and fully recessed ports in the center, and a variety of table sizes and finishes are available. ”