By Adrina Richard
Director of Auxiliary Services
A recent renovation of the
1) Mode offers a very wide selection of panel configurations, including panels with curved glass windows that the design firm felt would provide a
very open Iook in this installation.
2) The color scheme of Mode panels can be easily changed in the future simply by installing new fabric inserts unlike other panel designs which
have to be sent back to the factory.
3) The Mode panels were less expensive than the other ones that were considered.
4) The solid workmanship and overall quality of the units gives the substantial look of built-in walls and doors.
Financial Supplier designers began by considering the needs of the individual users. They located each workstation so that its occupant would be located as conveniently as possible in relation to the people and equipment they work with frequently. They used the modular panels to define a rectangular closed in space that serves as the development office, a reception area and four cubicles for the seven admissions offices. While the new configuration occupies no more space than the old, it provides considerably more space because of the way that each piece of the furniture nests with each other and with the panels and the way that the panels take advantage of vertical space. The modular panels and furniture fit together perfectly, saving the boundary space that is wasted in a conventional build-out. Because Mode offers custom panels in any required size, not an inch of the available space was wasted. The panels allow shelving, lighting, cabinets and other options to be mounted on both sides and at any height. The panels even serve assupporting members for the furniture so that the furniture can have a smaller footprint than conventional designs while serving the same function. The designers used curved, tinted glass panels on the corners of each workstation in order to provide users with a sense of privacy while at the same time maintaining an open feeling. The curved glass panels give sensation of being in a large open room. People working in the cubicles can see people walking by and look up and see the beautv of the surrounding structure. A brown tone was selected for the tinted panels that brings out the dark wood in the building. In the development office, where entering students come to meet with counselors and fill out forms, tinted glass provides privacy while still maintaining an open feeling. Oglethorpe managers selected the colors of the fabrics on the panels to -match carpeting and other interior details.University management was pleasantly surprised with the speed and lack of disruption involved in installing the partitions. First of all, the Mode installers came equipped with a complete bill of materials and a CAD drawing that was keyed to each box, making it easy to stage the materials for rapid installation. Since 80% of construction time typically involves materials handling, this provided major time savings.The raceways provided with the partitions simplified the process of providing necessary power, telephone and data connections. All that had to be done was knock out spacers covering the pre-formed holes and install whatever type of outlet was needed. Having the wiring running through the partitions saved installation time, a-avoided problems with wire breaks and improved appearance. If in the future it is necessary to substantially revise the layout of the admissions office. Oglethorpe University will not be faced with the substantial expense of tearing out old offices and installing new walls to meet the new configuration. Nor will they have to deal the disruption of having workmen using noisy power tools or the inconvenience finding temporary quarters several weeks for the admissions office. Instead, they will be able to easily dismantle, and adapt their .modular panels and furniture to the configuration. Virtually any new, arrangement can be completed in a .-weekend, avoiding any disruption to the work of the department.
Needless to say, the employees love the new arrangement. The elimination of -the wasted space means that each counselor has about 50% more useful space in which to do- their job. The new modular offices receive natural light from the building' s windows and get the benefit of artificial- lights hung from the modular panels. The pleasing, comfortable environment the company has been able to create for its employees has, without a doubt improved employee productivity and and satisfaction.
For more information, contact: American Mode Inc., 197A