ARCHITECTS and ENGINEERS

Workplace Design Can Change a Corporate Culture

Lillian Chung, Senior Interior Designer at HGA, discusses the process for successfully transforming a traditional workplace into a progressive environment in this Q&A with GlobeSt.com.

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WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR SUCCESSFULLY TRANSFORMING A "TRADITIONAL" WORKPLACE INTO A "PROGRESSIVE" WORKPLACE?

Conventionally, private offices are located along the window line. The current trend is to move offices towards the core of the building. This allows a more open floorplan with more access to windows. Another approach towards a progressive workplace is incorporating principals of LEED certification and WELL Building Standards. Both standards promote sustainability and wellness in the workplace. A progressive workplace in comparison to a traditional workplace supports and recognizes the value of employees' health and wellness.

HOW DO YOU DETERMINE WHICH WORKSTATION CHOICES TO INCLUDE IN THE DESIGN?

There are many factors to consider. Overall, it's based on the functionality of the space and the client's program needs. Manufacturers are responding to the need of choices by offering a wide variety of furniture solutions. The size of workstations has been shrinking over the years. In exchange of the smaller footprint, manufacturers have come up with creative solutions for storage. Workstations are becoming smaller in footprint with lower panels which allows for more collaboration.

In recognition of wellness in the workplace, sit-stand workstations have become popular. A few years ago, a doctor's note was required to get one, but nowadays it's common that high-tech companies offer them as a standard workstation. Another alternative is the treadmill workstation, which offers the end user to walk and work at the same time. It's still in its infancy, but it's an option that is available. The younger generation tends to work collaboratively and the benching solution seems to work well.

Read the full interview in GlobeSt.com.

Topics: Corporate

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