Archive for June, 2013

The Benefits of Sound Masking from American Design Associates

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Every office situation and layout has some kind of noise pollution or noise that bleeds through different parts of the office. The result can be incredibly distracting and keep many of your employees from getting any work done. Productivity is hard enough to come by as it is, and with the distractions of noise bleeding through the walls it can make the kind of productivity you want to attain even harder.

Many factors such as speaker phone conferences, team environments and shared office spaces all contribute to the noise pollution that many offices experience day after day. The optimal work environment is one where employees have their own independent, noise-free environments in which to get their work done.

Sound masking is an office design option that can cut down on the amount of sound that bleeds through your walls. It improves employee comfort and productivity up to 20%. This improvement creates immediate results that can be seen in your bottom line. Whenever employees feels stressed or they need to concentrate, the first thing that needs to be eliminated are any noisy distractions.

Here are a few benefits to sound masking your office:

  • Less toxic noise – Sound masking gives you employees the opportunity to work on their tasks in a noise-free environment. It also gives them a chance to collaborate with other employees without disturbing people working in nearby spaces. This kind of independence will bring about an increase in worker productivity and create a better end product.
  •  Increased confidentiality – With sound masking, important meetings that need to be kept confidential can stay confidential.
  • Total masking coverage – There won’t be any ‘hot’ or ‘cold’ spots with a good sound masking system in place. Each area of your office will feel like a unique and new area where work can be done without any sound bleeding into your office.

American Design Associates

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.

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

A Greener Solution: Repurposing Your Office Furniture

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Repurposing office furniture is one of the few ways to maintain a sustainable office. A sustainable office is one that can sustain itself and doesn’t create any unnecessary waste or clutter. It also reduces the amount of harmful gases emitted into the air.

How does repurposed furniture improve air quality? Well, there is such a thing Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that are used in the production of new office furniture. Over time, these VOCs are relased from new pieces of furniture during the first few years of that particular piece of furniture’s life. When a piece of furniture is repurposed, it greatly reduces the amount of VOCs that are emitted into the air.

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At American Design Associates, we offer 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 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.

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.

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

Source: Sustainable Office Solutions specializes in ‘repurposing’ workplace furniture, The Post-Standard

Energize your Conference Room Design

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Anyone who works in an office knows that the conference room is where ideas flow and while it is important that the rest of the office be a cohesive space, the conference room is a number one priority for energy and creativity. In order to get a good flow of ideas, you first need a good flow of energy in that space. It is easy to make a conference room a place that is somewhere employees want to spend time rather than just that room where all the important meetings are held while everyone holds a cup of coffee and stifles a yawn. Design, color, and space are all very important when considering decorating and furnishing a conference room.Conference Room Design

  • Energizing colors – Many studies have been done on colors and hues and how they affect peoples’ work and moods. One of the most popular office colors is blue because it makes people feel calm and more willing to collaborate with others, which is necessary in a conference. Bright hues of red cause people to be more excited. This makes reds good as accent colors because it gets employees moving faster and helps motivate them.
  • Space – Keeping the space open and well lit is very important for productivity. While natural light is good, sometimes it is best to mimic natural light rather than having windows in your conference room, which can be very distracting. Adding lights and plants to the room will make it feel more open and breathable. It is also best to keep the space around the table and chairs open so employees do not feel too cramped and can leave room for the ideas to flow.
  • Furnishings – While you want your employees to be comfortable in the conference room, you also want them to stay focused and awake. The best way to achieve this is with chairs that provide support along with comfort. Support in a chair is more important than for just staying focused, too. It can prevent back and neck problems and promote easier breathing. The same idea goes for the table. While it should be big enough to fit everyone you need in a meeting, it should also be small enough to make meetings feel intimate and inclusive.

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.

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.

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

Sources: http://www.sherwin-williams.com/press/consumer/story/story4/

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