Jolt! A new power option charging from Kimball Office makes it so much easier to stay connected seamlessly. The Jolt includes a USB charger and a wireless power-charging surface that integrated technology vital to connection, collaboration, and productivity.
What We Like About Jolt!
Capable of charging a variety of devices including phones and tablets; IOS or Android
Blue light indicates USB connectors are powered
Charges up to 2 amps per port
Charges devices compatible with USB 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 (Type A)
Includes UL listed power adapter with 10′ cord
Charges up to three devices at the same time; IOS, Android or Windows
As technology has transformed higher education, so has how we accommodate those changes. Technology makes learning mobile and makes students active participants in their education, engaging and collaborating with one another, in both small and large groups, in and out of the classroom. Their tools are at their fingertips. Now the classroom is portable. As a result high education is addressing these needs.
Knoll Office facilitated the University of Portland Oregon’s project of modernizing its Clark Library. “We needed to create a fresh environment that would attract 19-23-year-olds to the library,” said Dan Danielson of Soderstrom Architects, of Portland.
“Serving the digital natives of Generation Y on college campuses requires not only state-of-the-art technology, but also an environment that supports the highly collaborative way students work and learn today. At the University of Portland, administrators and library staff sought to create such a space to replace an existing mid-century library that no longer serviced today’s students,” cited Knoll’s case study.
Technology is at the forefront of the evolving needs of education, inspiring a mobile and dynamic learning environment that embraces creativity and collaboration. To bring Clark Library up to date, Knoll focused not only on technology, but also on creating collaborative spaces.
“We knew technology would be the heart of the library,” said Harrington. Moreover, improved connectivity was the driver planners assumed would build traffic.
Although the building’s technology infrastructure had been updated through the years, the furniture had not necessarily kept up, explained Erika Dehle, Interior Designer at Soderstrom Architects. A shortage of power outlets resulted in a dangerous and unsightly collection of endless cords across floors.”
They had cables, cords, tracks, Velcro,” Dehle said. Hampered by low ceilings that made burying cables in raised floors impossible, planners needed to find another solution.
Equal to technology requirements was an acute need for spaces where students could learn collaboratively in a way that did not exist when the original library was built. “Collaboration was really central to what we wanted to do,” said Harrington.
From a cultural perspective, planners sought to enhance the facilities to encourage non-academic usage. “They wanted students to use it as a place where they would feel comfortable meeting, studying or whatever,” explained Gina Zaharie, Knoll Sales Representative. “While the physical piece was important, they really wanted that attraction piece to create a place to hang out.”
“Clark Library went from an old traditional library with limited technical capability to a modern facility providing dynamic, interchangeable power, data, storage capacity and display capabilities,” summarized Corrado.
“My favorite part is going into the library and seeing it being used the way it is: a warm, inviting space,” said University Operations VP Ravelli. “It’s really night and day with our old space. The space has moved from a 1960s version of a library with mostly books and not much study space, full of dark wood and low energy to one that is high energy, vibrant with almost a “buzz” when you walk in there. Students no longer have to go to the library. They want to go because it’s the place to be. We’re pretty thrilled.”
Biophilia, not a new concept, has been gaining a lot of traction among proponents of sustainable design. The premise behind the biophilic design is to incorporate aspects of nature into products and built environments to enhance our health, well-being, and productivity.
What is Biophilia and Biophilic Design?
Biophilia suggests that there is a natural bond between human beings and other living systems. Biophilic Design takes that bond and aims to bring it into spaces where there is a separation between humans and nature. How can you bring that alliance into your office space? We all at some point have worked in a barren office space with no windows, filled with fluorescent light and no living plants in sight. In this article, we want to bring you some ideas that could help you in creating an office space that will help you connect with nature and enjoy your work experience
Let’s take a look at 3 ideas that you can implement:
1. ADD A LIVING WALL
Sometimes bringing natural light through regular windows might not be possible but a skylight might help you bring the illusion of nature into your space. There is a company called Skyfactory that provides affordable ceiling and wall installations.
Choose soft furnishings, like the one shown above by Kimball Office, with patterns inspired by nature. Incorporate more diverse colours and textures and tone when selecting carpets, rugs, wallpaper and wall paint. Interface flooring is one company that is currently offering some terrific options to help you create a nature-inspired space.
Living plants are always a great way to bring nature inside your office. Not only do they provide a natural element to the environment and enhance the aesthetic value of the office, interior plants can also provide sound absorption, have air filtering qualities, absorb toxins in the atmosphere and can improve humidity. One company you need to check out is DIRTT Walls. They provide beautiful living wall solutions.
2. BUILD A SKYVIEW
3. UPDATE YOUR FURNITURE AND INTERIOR MATERIAL ELEMENTS
To read more about Biophilic design, we have compiled some good resources for you:
Whether you are designing a new meeting space or updating your existing conference room, consider the following basic tips that we have prepared for you:
Think about your brand and the image you want people to see when they attend a meeting. If you are a trendy, cutting edge company you may want to consider a modern, bold look for the room. But if you are more traditional, choose rich woods and more conventional colors.
If you are starting from scratch, think about how many people you want to sit at the conference table. Use this number as a guide for how much square footage you want to allocate for your conference room. If you want to sit 12 people, your minimum room size requirement should be at least 12’ x 10’.
Choose a color palette for productivity. To improve efficiency and focus, you may want to try a restful shade of green. To trigger innovation, try a mellow shade of yellow. And if what you want is the room to feel stable and calm, try a soft shade of blue.
Make sure there is enough room for attendees to move around.
Do not cramp the table. Leave enough space between chairs so people have some elbow room.
Choose comfortable, upholstered chairs with ample seat room and back support.
Presentation tools and technology integration are a must. Aside from the basics such as a telephone, make sure you have data ports, outlets to charge laptops and other electronic devices. Audio visual equipment, flat screen displays and white boards are staples for every conference room. Make sure these are user-friendly.
Add a buffet credenza to use as a place to set up drinks and snacks to complement your meeting. That ensures that attendees do not have to leave the room to get refreshments.
Proper lighting is essential for every conference room. Indirect candescent and diffused fluorescent will offer the most lighting flexibility.Let’s look at some beautiful ideas:
Lorri Hunt Lorri is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. She is a graduate of Samford University with a degree in Interior Design. After graduating, Lorri began working at Business Interiors as a Designer and has been with the company for 9 years. Since working with Business Interiors Lorri has worked dual roles as a Designer and Project Manager for one of Business Interiors largest accounts. Lorri is also a member of the Junior League of Birmingham and the Easter Seals Junior Board.
Katherine Ward Katherine Ward is a native of Prattville, AL. She graduated from the University of Alabama in 2009 with a degree in Interior Design. After graduating, she began work at Business Interiors in Montgomery. She moved to Birmingham, AL to start work at BBVA Compass, where she had multiple roles as Designer, Project Manager, and Move Manager. In 2014, Katherine returned to Business Interiors in Birmingham as a Designer specializing in financial institutions. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, and traveling.
Jennifer Cheung Davis Jennifer graduated from The University of Alabama in 2004, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Interior Design. After graduation, Jennifer moved to Birmingham where she spent a year working for a custom millwork company, before landing at Business Interiors in 2005. Currently, Jennifer is in her eleventh year at BI specializing in commercial, institutional, and corporate interiors for furniture and demountable walls as a designer. Jennifer began her service on the IIDA committee this past year and is grateful for the opportunity to meet and collaborate with others in the design industry. Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.
The healthy office is a well-balanced and positive environment where the relationship between space and employees is harmoniously integrated. Business Interiors can assist you in creating and maintaining a healthy work environment that can boost productivity and increase efficiency. We have put together some ideas that may help you create a healthy office space.
Let’s take a look:
⊗ CHOOSE GREEN MATERIALS
Minimize indoor pollution by choosing materials that are green certified and minimize the emission of pollutants such as volatile organic compounds (VOC). Learn More
BRING NATURE INDOORS
Incorporate plants that naturally remove harmful pollutants. Try for example Bamboo Palm, Snake Plant, Areca Palm, Spider Plant, Peace Lily, Gerbera Daisy and Phalaenopsis Orchids.
Another great option is to add a living wall to your space. Learn More
Choose the right lighting solution to help with concentration and motivation. Learn More
PROVIDE WELL-EQUIPED BREAK AREAS
Provide an office break-room area/ cafeteria that encourages employees to eat healthy throughout the day. Learn More
MAKE AVAILABLE ERGONOMIC FURNITURE
Purchase ergonomic furniture such as treadmill desk, sit to stand desks and ergonomic task seating. Learn More
RECYCLE RECYCLE RECYCLE
Integrate recycling bins in key areas in the office to encourage and foster a green environment. Learn More
OPTIMIZE YOUR OFFICE LAYOUT
Optimize your office layout by understanding your employees’ needs and providing them with different office zones to accommodate different tasks such as quiet areas, activity spaces and team meeting rooms. Learn More
Sometimes when we are trying to determine what is our style, we can certainly come up with many different interpretations. By chance, we came across this infographic which we thought was pretty cool and to the point. Even though the pictures are geared more towards home environments, the descriptions could be applied to any space. What’s your style?