Archive for August, 2012

How Ergonomic School Furniture Benefits Student Learning

Friday, August 31st, 2012

It’s Back To School time. Educational facilities need school furniture that accommodates students in learning activities.

The education system, students, and teaching styles are all evolving and school furniture needs to evolve effectively with them.

Modern school furniture should be flexible and mobile to promote a learning environment in the classroom that improves the learning experience.

The best office and classroom furnishings are the ones made for flexible and collaborative spaces. Studies have shown students work better when assigned to group work, student centered style learning. This learning style allows teachers to guide learning rather than instruct. In this learning environment students become more engaged in learning activities.

Mobile furniture works excellent in student centered style learning because the furniture can be easily reconfigured for a variety of group work activity. The benefits of having mobile furniture are as followed:

 

  • Lightweight furniture allows students to move desks into cluster formation and back into rows for lecture or individual work.
  • Swivel seating gives students the option to comfortably adjust their seating positions to help them stay more focused in class.
  • Spacious work surfaces allow students to use a variety of mediums to learn, from paper notebooks to electronic devices.
  • Ergonomically flexible mobile furniture allows classrooms to stay clean, be handle by all users and easily managed without the risk of injury.


Comfortable, student centric school furniture should be available in all educational environments. Focused students are successful students. Flexible, mobile and highly functional furniture will keep your students on the road to success.

Read Edwards & Hill’s article How To Furnish A Dorm Common Room That Works For Students for more school furniture and interior design ideas.

 

No matter what you envision, Edwards & Hill is here to provide you quality furniture, great pricing and exceptional customer service. We can assemble your furniture; assist you with furniture project management and coordination services. We can also help you with interior design, space planning and more!


Edwards & Hill Office Furniture is a leading office planner and supplier for commercial companies, government agencies and individual consumers nationwide. We sell and install office furniture, as well as design and plan office layouts. We even help you relocate and handle planning, marketing, public relations, and film and video production.


Since 1998, when Managing Partner Tony Hill and Partner Hans Edwards founded Edwards & Hill Communications, we have provided clients with creative solutions to complex problems and know how to tailor our products and services to your specific needs.


To give one shining example of what you can expect when you retain the services of Edwards & Hill, we developed the office floor plan and supplied all custom office furniture, computers, audio/visual equipment, customer cueing system and electric lateral filing systems for the new Visitor Control Center (VCC) at Ft. George G. Meade Army Base in Maryland. These needs were specific and complex, and we met them to the great satisfaction of our customer. We also installed 74 rooms every 24 hours and completed the installation of 2000 guest rooms and suites at the Gaylord National Hotel on time.  We brought it all together from start to finish and we can do the same for you.


Contact Edwards & Hill by clicking here or call us at 410.884.8450 today! We are here to serve you!


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How To Improve Office Space Efficiency

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Did you know that space efficiency is in demand for furniture design and office design layout?

It’s true. Space efficiency is becoming more popular because business organizations are searching for ways to effectively use office space to ride out the financial downturn.

In other words, successful company’s office furniture should take up less space and leave more space for work flexibility and collaboration in the office.

This space optimization does not mean employees will spend all of their work hours engaged in collaboration but employees will need workspace for both collaborative and individual functions.

Space and time should be efficiently used at all times in the office.

When workers are more efficient, office furniture and office layout can have more flexibility.

For example, smaller individual offices can be designed with comfortable and efficient furniture. Or cubicles of 6 by 7 feet can be arranged throughout the office for better usage of space.

The following are ways you can make the office more efficient in space and productivity:

  1. Purchase office technology that is smaller and thinner. Technology tools used to find data are now smaller, faster and more powerful than desktop computers. Provide your employees laptops, iPads or tablets as efficient alternatives to desktop computers. The iPad is the same size as an 8 ½ by 11-inch piece of paper. Or create portable videoconferencing units in the office. All you will need for this type of videoconferencing setup are bar-height seating and flat screen monitors. Employees can easily plug up laptops and conduct presentations from the portable videoconferencing units. Place the units where you need them and save the conference room for other office necessities.
  2. Get rid of the file storage rooms and use instead overhead storage compartments. This will help your office begin the process of becoming a paperless office. This paperless initiative will truly create a more spacious office environment.
  3. Help Your Employees become more acceptable to collaborative work. You can start to accomplish this goal by making employees able to see more around their work areas. How much viewing space is necessary will all depend on each employee’s function. Allow your employees to express their ideas on how to best enhance the office space while maintaining a comfortable look and feel to the office. Remember, the work environment is a place where employees will spend most of their time.

The ultimate goal is to create a beautiful, functional, and easy to use office space. Read Edwards & Hill Office Furniture’s articles The Benefits of Flexible Office Furniture and Office Design: How To Improve Office Comfort and Productivity to help you get started on improving office space efficiency today.

No matter what you envision, Edwards & Hill is here to provide you quality furniture, great pricing and exceptional customer service. We can assemble your furniture; assist you with furniture project management and coordination services. We can also help you with interior design, space planning and more!

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture is a leading office planner and supplier for commercial companies, government agencies and individual consumers nationwide. We sell and install office furniture, as well as design and plan office layouts. We even help you relocate and handle planning, marketing, public relations, and film and video production.

Since 1998, when Managing Partner Tony Hill and Partner Hans Edwards founded Edwards & Hill Communications, we have provided clients with creative solutions to complex problems and know how to tailor our products and services to your specific needs.

To give one shining example of what you can expect when you retain the services of Edwards & Hill, we developed the office floor plan and supplied all custom office furniture, computers, audio/visual equipment, customer cueing system and electric lateral filing systems for the new Visitor Control Center (VCC) at Ft. George G. Meade Army Base in Maryland. These needs were specific and complex, and we met them to the great satisfaction of our customer. We also installed 74 rooms every 24 hours and completed the installation of 2000 guest rooms and suites at the Gaylord National Hotel on time.  We brought it all together from start to finish and we can do the same for you.

Contact Edwards & Hill by clicking here or call us at 410.884.8450 today! We are here to serve you!

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Source: http://www.facilitiesnet.com/commercialofficefacilities/article/Space-Efficiency-Drives-Furniture-Trends–12578#

Evolving Offices: Are Cubicle Farms Going Extinct?

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

The office is a forever-changing environment. Some changes are more noticeable than others. One major change happening in offices is the removal of the cubicle farm. Many business brands no longer want cubicle arrangements in the office. Instead, they want a variety of work settings.

Why are cubicles less desirable in office environments? Employers need employees to collaborate more in order for their business to succeed in operations and profit margin goals.

The work environment is no longer top-down. The hierarchical office management style of better work title, bigger office is obsolete.

Now, all that matters in office management layout style is creating an environment where people can thrive and create the next big thing or introduce the next big idea.

Employers don’t want employees to close the doors of their offices and think big thoughts about how to expand brand awareness and profit.

They want employees to roam the office, collaborate more with each other and visit clients. This new interaction between workers and clients makes meeting areas in the office more appealing than individual workspaces.

Meeting areas include pantry/break areas and soft seating areas in the office lounge. This office layout will enable employees to cross paths more in the office and exchange great ideas. Technology should be incorporated in these settings as well. This can be accomplished with lounge tables including plug-ins for computers to help employees work away from their traditional desks settings.

Enclosed meeting rooms are also in high demand that provide a quiet space for groups of people to gather for video conferencing.

Another great addition to the office is benching space in these areas. Benching is when a number of employees sit at a single workbench or work surface. The bench can incorporate dividers to add personal space for employees. The design can also incorporate small filing cabinets that can roll under the bench.

To keep your office modern in design and furnishing, go for light and mobile furniture rather than heavy, bulk furniture and paneled systems.

Create an office atmosphere that accommodates teams for informal and formal meetings while still providing office space for employees to work individually. Diverse office space will allow employees and clients alike to always find a space that suits their needs.

For more information on better office design layout read Office Design: How To Improve Office Comfort And Productivity and The Benefits of Flexible Office Furniture.

No matter what you envision, Edwards & Hill is here to provide you quality furniture, great pricing and exceptional customer service. We can assemble your furniture; assist you with furniture project management and coordination services. We can also help you with interior design, space planning and more!

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture is a leading office planner and supplier for commercial companies, government agencies and individual consumers nationwide. We sell and install office furniture, as well as design and plan office layouts. We even help you relocate and handle planning, marketing, public relations, and film and video production.

Since 1998, when Managing Partner Tony Hill and Partner Hans Edwards founded Edwards & Hill Communications, we have provided clients with creative solutions to complex problems and know how to tailor our products and services to your specific needs.

To give one shining example of what you can expect when you retain the services of Edwards & Hill, we developed the office floor plan and supplied all custom office furniture, computers, audio/visual equipment, customer cueing system and electric lateral filing systems for the new Visitor Control Center (VCC) at Ft. George G. Meade Army Base in Maryland. These needs were specific and complex, and we met them to the great satisfaction of our customer. We also installed 74 rooms every 24 hours and completed the installation of 2000 guest rooms and suites at the Gaylord National Hotel on time.  We brought it all together from start to finish and we can do the same for you.

Contact Edwards & Hill by clicking here or call us at 410.884.8450 today! We are here to serve you!

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Source: http://www.facilitiesnet.com/commercialofficefacilities/article/New-Ways-of-Working–12577

The Benefits of Flexible Office Furniture

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

When shopping for office furniture, flexibility is key. In today’s office environment, open work areas and the promotion of group collaboration are necessary.

As a business, you need to be on the lookout for easily mobilized furniture items or furniture that can be easily modified to suit employees with different work tasks or work styles.  Chairs, desks and worktables should automatically have this feature.

The following are flexible furniture tips you should consider:

Seating Trends
It is no secret in the office that the most in demand office furniture is more comfortable seating. The average office spends 25 percent of its office furniture budget on seating.

The chairs that are most in demand in the office are ergonomic chairs with adjustable seating in width and depth. This chair can be programmed and adjusted for every user with the push of a few buttons. Read Why is Ergonomic Office Furniture Beneficial To Employees? To learn about the health and productivity benefits of ergonomic furniture.

You will also have the option to purchase bariatric office chairs, which are specifically designed to support heavier workers.

Workstations and Desks Trends
More and more companies are branching away from cubicles and laying out the office in open, u-shaped desk arrangements.

U-shaped desk arrangements are highly efficient because all tools and equipment are within easy reach in comparison to the traditional L-shaped cubicle design. This layout also improves communication between workers.

Another popular trend are desks in modular parts. Modular furniture allows companies to add or remove desks from the office layout design when necessary.

With a modular part desk, you can place drawers and cupboards anywhere he or she wants to make the workspace more comfortable.

Trending currently is glass mixed with wood for office doors, desktops, and desks. Simple, straight lines are very popular in office furniture right now.

To make your offices, workstations, conference rooms and meeting rooms more comfortable and stylish, go for more cozy and less formal in your office layout. A great way to implement cozy in the office is with more sofas, easy chairs and conference tables with end and coffee tables.

For more information on better office design layout read Office Design: How To Improve Office Comfort And Productivity.

No matter what you envision, Edwards & Hill is here to provide you quality furniture, great pricing and exceptional customer service. We can assemble your furniture; assist you with furniture project management and coordination services. We can also help you with interior design, space planning and more!

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture is a leading office planner and supplier for commercial companies, government agencies and individual consumers nationwide. We sell and install office furniture, as well as design and plan office layouts. We even help you relocate and handle planning, marketing, public relations, and film and video production.

Since 1998, when Managing Partner Tony Hill and Partner Hans Edwards founded Edwards & Hill Communications, we have provided clients with creative solutions to complex problems and know how to tailor our products and services to your specific needs.

To give one shining example of what you can expect when you retain the services of Edwards & Hill, we developed the office floor plan and supplied all custom office furniture, computers, audio/visual equipment, customer cueing system and electric lateral filing systems for the new Visitor Control Center (VCC) at Ft. George G. Meade Army Base in Maryland. These needs were specific and complex, and we met them to the great satisfaction of our customer. We also installed 74 rooms every 24 hours and completed the installation of 2000 guest rooms and suites at the Gaylord National Hotel on time.  We brought it all together from start to finish and we can do the same for you.

Contact Edwards & Hill by clicking here or call us at 410.884.8450 today! We are here to serve you!

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Office Design: How To Improve Office Comfort And Productivity

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Whether you’re in a new office space or refurbishing your current office, you can increase your office productivity with an effective office design. The ideal office environment is a professional, functional and comfortable space. With an effective office design you can project to your clients that you are the best professional in your field to do business with.

Studies have revealed that office comfort and productivity are interrelated. It only takes a few changes in layout and organization to make your office environment comfortable and highly productive.

Here are some ways to improve office designs today:

  1. Use ergonomic furniture to improve health and comfort in the office. The functional design of ergonomic furniture will minimize bodily discomfort for employees that could distract them from their duties. Read Why is Ergonomic Office Furniture Beneficial To Employees? to learn about the health and productivity benefits of ergonomic furniture.
  2. Allow your employees to customize their workstations so they can work comfortably. You can do this by providing your employees keyboard trays, anti-glare screens, task lighting and footrests. These extra features will help your employees avoid repetitive stress injuries.
  3. Improve the overall flow of the office. There are ways to layout the office space to allow your employees to have easy access to office equipment and work teams, while still having enough space for individual comfort. Read Benefiting from The Feng Shui Office Furniture Setup for great tips on optimizing the comfort and productivity of your office.
  4. Use mobile furniture. This kind of furniture is adjustable and a great option for any growing business. Easily reconfigure your workstations and rearrange them in the office to always maintain comfort and productivity for all employees.
  5. Create a centralized area for shared office equipment. This includes fax machines, copiers and other noisy machinery. Not only will this help reduce auditory distraction for you employees but also it will improve office workflow and organization. Use panel systems, carpeting and ceiling tiles to absorb sound and enhance privacy for your employees to truly encourage the productivity of your staff.


No matter what you envision, Edwards & Hill is here to provide you quality furniture, great pricing and exceptional customer service. We can assemble your furniture; assist you with furniture project management and coordination services. We can also help you with interior design, space planning and more!

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture is a leading office planner and supplier for commercial companies, government agencies and individual consumers nationwide. We sell and install office furniture, as well as design and plan office layouts. We even help you relocate and handle planning, marketing, public relations, and film and video production.

Since 1998, when Managing Partner Tony Hill and Partner Hans Edwards founded Edwards & Hill Communications, we have provided clients with creative solutions to complex problems and know how to tailor our products and services to your specific needs.

To give one shining example of what you can expect when you retain the services of Edwards & Hill, we developed the office floor plan and supplied all custom office furniture, computers, audio/visual equipment, customer cueing system and electric lateral filing systems for the new Visitor Control Center (VCC) at Ft. George G. Meade Army Base in Maryland. These needs were specific and complex, and we met them to the great satisfaction of our customer. We also installed 74 rooms every 24 hours and completed the installation of 2000 guest rooms and suites at the Gaylord National Hotel on time.  We brought it all together from start to finish and we can do the same for you.

Contact Edwards & Hill by clicking here or call us at 410.884.8450 today! We are here to serve you!

Check us out on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn as well!


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