Archive for April, 2013

The ABC’s of Sound Masking from American Design Associates

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

If you have a noisy office, Eliminate the disruption and distraction of noise and create a positive and effective environment with sound masking systems and specially designed ceiling panels provided by American Design Associates. Sound masking systems are used to improve acoustics in a variety of settings. Noise negatively disrupts any environment whether it is a corporate office, a healthcare facility, a law office, a courthouse, a financial institution, a military facility or a school environment.

Many of these businesses and institutions focus on the importance of privacy since confidential information has a chance to be overhead. With our sound masking design, your business or institution can have designated areas where no conversation will be overheard by people who aren’t supposed to hear them.

American Design Associates sound masking

Sound masking is important for open offices that can be either too quiet (where someone dropping office supplies in the next cubicle is incredibly distracting) – or too noisy (where the office conversations of co-workers make it impossible to concentrate). Open offices can benefit from sound masking because the added sound covers existing sounds in the area – making workers less distracted and more productive.

It is also important for private offices and other enclosed spaces, which often appear to provide privacy but actually do not. Many times, walls are lightweight and do not extend to the ceiling deck – only to the ceiling tile. Sound can easily travel through partitions or over the walls. Sound masking can be provided in adjacent private offices, or in hallways outside of private offices, to ensure that confidential conversations remain completely confidential.

Here are the ABC’s of sound masking from American Design Associates:

  • A is for Absorbing – Sound absorption is one of the most crucial parts of any sound masking system. Sound is absorbed through specially designed ceiling panels with a high coefficient of absorption. The sound is absorbed and blocked in a way that works best to create privacy and eliminate distractions in open areas.
  • B is for Blocking – Another important factor to sound masking is blocking. We offer ceiling panels that are specifically designed to block sound transmission and are best used in closed rooms where sound is blocked from going to adjacent open areas.
  • C is for Covering – Sound masking systems mask distracting sounds by creating a sound similar to that of blowing air. The sound is neutral and constant and is used to further cover sound and enhance the performance of ceiling panels. The neutral background sound has been proven in healthcare environments to help patients sleep better.

American Design Associates, Inc. is a Contract Furniture Dealer and Design Firm located in Towson, Maryland. We proudly consider ourselves a “Dream Team” comprised of experienced project managers, interior designers, service technicians and an outstanding customer support team. We service clients throughout the Mid‐Atlantic region including Maryland, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware and beyond. We have the resources and the know how to provide the best solution for all of your business needs.

Call American Design Associates today at (410) 823-5500 or contact us on our website.

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Restore or Repurpose Your Furniture with American Design Associates

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

If you have old or outdated office furniture that you feel isn’t serving its full function, why not get it restored or repurposed? That old office furniture can be made into a green, environmentally sound refurbished piece of furniture that will serve you with many more years of usage. Stephen Ulrich at Bay Integrated Marketing had a few good (and green) reasons why you should repurpose or restore your office furniture:

  • It conserve natural resources – Since you’re not buying new furniture, you are saving the raw materials and energy that it takes to produce that furniture. It’s like you’re recycling your furniture and making those old materials new again!
  • You’ll reduce any waste – It is estimated that between 5 to 9 pounds of original materials is used in the manufacture of new product. That’s reduced to only a pound of natural resources when repurposing furniture. In addition to that, the labor that is involved in producing new office furniture is also conserved.
  • It can create a healthier office environment by reducing VOCs – There are a certain level of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) used in the production of office furniture. These VOCs are relased in the form of gasses that are given off during the first few years of a piece of office furniture’s life. By repurposing furniture, you are greatly reducing the VOC profile of that furniture and creating a healthier environment for you and your employees.
  • Utilize the lifespan of your office furniture – Furniture is built to have a 20-30 year lifespan on average. Getting rid of that furniture wastes the extra use that your company could have benefited from. Just because your office is changing doesn’t mean you have to discard useful furniture that can serve your new purpose or goal.

American Design Associates can help you repurpose or restore you office furniture to a useful condition. If we can restore or repurpose your existing furniture, there is nothing “Greener”. We can also remanufacture andor refinish your existing furniture. You can even consider selling us your current office furnishings. We’re flexible with whatever you decide to do with your current office furniture. The benefits and value is unmatched, let us prove to you what refurbished office furniture can do for your business.

American Design Associates Corporate Boardroom

American Design offers an extensive selection of “pre-owned” furniture, ranging from desks, chairs, files, and bookcases to systems furniture, office accessories and even art work! Used furniture is often ideal for start-up businesses and smaller offices, providing the buyer with quality product for a fraction of the cost of new. You can stretch your budget a very long way with used furniture.

American Design Associates, Inc. is a Contract Furniture Dealer and Design Firm located in Towson, Maryland. We proudly consider ourselves a “Dream Team” comprised of experienced project managers, interior designers, service technicians and an outstanding customer support team. We service clients throughout the Mid‐Atlantic region including Maryland, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware and beyond. We have the resources and the know how to provide the best solution for all of your business needs. Thank you for visiting our site, we look forward to creating your ideal office.

Call American Design Associates today at (410) 823-5500 or contact us on our website.

Also, be sure to check us out on FacebookTwitter, LinkedIn and Google+!

Source: 5 Green Benefits of using Repurposed Office Furniture, Bay Integrated Marketing

 

Office Renovation Tips from American Design Associates

Friday, April 12th, 2013

If productivity and quality seem to be down at your office, it may be time for a renovation. The usage of space in an office is one of the most important, underrated parts of a functional and successful office. A renovation could leave your employees with feeling like they’re working somewhere new. It’ll also make you feel like you have a new office and could boost the work your office does to the next level. OTJ Architects said that “Office renovations are worth celebrating because that means a business has accomplished enough growth to make the current function outdated.” Here are a few office renovation tips from American Design Associates:

  • Figure out your objective for renovation – Renovation will only benefit you if you meet some objectives, so first you have to figure out what those are. What is it you want to accomplish around your office? Focus on that.
  • Draw on your building’s strengths – If there are features that attracted you to your office in the first place, try to heighten those features.
  • Make tough decisions on what you want to let go – Not everything in your office may serve the purpose it once did. Find those things and make decisions that will help your company or business grow rather than letting old features that don’t contribute anymore stay.
  • Be creative – Make the office distinctly yours. You’ll not only make it a unique place to visit, but it’ll make employees and clients alike want to come back and do business with you again. You’ll be able to show off a unique office structure.

Let American Design Associates help you with your office renovations. We can assist you in Design, Layout, Furnishings and Interior Construction. We represent hundreds of manufacturers including new, used and remanufactured products. We will help you convert your needs and budget into choices that will work for you. Layout greatly affects the comfort and productivity of the office. We offer a free consultation to help you achieve your goals within your budget. That’s right, within your budget. We want to work with you to help solve any of your redesign dilemmas.

modern office

American Design Associates has board certified designers and expert space planners on staff to help you maximize your office space with consideration to local building & fire codes, efficient work flow, communication, and privacy requirements. Whether you are moving into a larger space, downsizing, or simply reorganizing, thorough planning makes for a smoother installation and a superior work environment. You’ll boost your productivity and the happiness factor of your employees as well.

Our design professionals can help you with: writing specifications, developing standards programs, selecting furniture styles, fabrics and coordinating finishes. We can also help you with portraying the professional image you desire at the budget that works for you.

American Design Associates, Inc. is a Contract Furniture Dealer and Design Firm located in Towson, Maryland. We proudly consider ourselves a “Dream Team” comprised of experienced project managers, interior designers, service technicians and an outstanding customer support team. We service clients throughout the Mid‐Atlantic region including Maryland, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware and beyond. We have the resources and the know how to provide the best solution for all of your business needs. Thank you for visiting our site, we look forward to creating your ideal office.

Call American Design Associates today at (410) 823-5500 or contact us on our website.

Also, be sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+! renovation