Workplace Design Approach
Through a methodology that marries function, design, sustainability, and ergonomics with cost and scheduling objectives, we are able to build spaces that support the organization, its employees, and visitors. Green Building & Wellness: recycling materials, capturing unused space, creating new sharing concepts are several of the focus areas for Spacesmith that extend the benefits of greener, healthier buildings, including the issue of sustainable developments that can be undermined by finishes, furnishings, and equipment with toxic constituents.
We have observed that promotion of well-being in the workplace is a key component of productivity and success in organizations. This observation aligns with our goal to promote comfort, happiness, and health through design.
Components we consider when designing a workplace:
Communication: We recognize that communication between leadership and employees fosters creativity and productivity. We look for opportunities to facilitate various types of collaboration space in our designs.
Ergonomics: Central to our design philosophy, we are passionate about thoughtful planning that activates spaces and compels movement, while being accessible and comfortable for everyone
Culture and Brand: For us designing to brand is much more than using graphics; references both literal (graphics and color), to the more abstract (architectural spaces that reflect movement or speed). We also look to the client’s culture of confidence, creativity, and collaboration to inform the plan, FF&E, and overall design.
Technology: As changing trends in technology enable work to be done more collaboratively, remotely, and efficiently, we consider how these advances will inspire the design of a dynamic and responsive workplace.
Sustainability: Sustainable design is integral to our practice. Through our credentials as LEED experts and our understanding of the costs related to the various points that can be accrued through this process, we have developed a series of best practices that are affordable, and adopted on all projects whether or not the client is pursuing LEED certification.
Flexible Design for Growth: Essential to design excellence is the proactive planning for future growth in a manner that is readily achievable at minimal cost and disruption while maintaining the design intent.
The WELL-Building Standard: This standard complements sustainability practices and focuses on how to provide comfort for individual users. Examples of this are providing products that are environmentally healthy, environmental controls that can be adjusted individually, creation of mindful eating spaces, biophilic interior elements, and circadian lighting design.
Through an open, ongoing dialogue, we draw upon one another’s expertise to encourage innovative thinking and explore design possibilities.