Archive for July, 2013

Maintaining Good Air Quality in Your Office

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

While you might not think so by looking at it, the air quality in your office is constantly under attack. Then again you can’t see the air anyway. Nevertheless, air quality in your office should be a high priority. Better air quality means employees have a clean environment in which to work, and as a result can be more productive. Here are some causes of and solutions to bad air quality. Breathe easy!

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What’s the Problem?

Try as you may, it is difficult to keep out all of the particles that could potentially affect the air quality in the office. Ventilation systems keep the air flowing but often bring in unwanted guests, especially if they are old and improperly filtered. Biological threats include bacteria and viruses and chemical ones include tobacco smoke and car exhaust. But not all pollution comes from outside. Office equipment is also a culprit. Some photocopiers release ozone, which can produce side effects ranging from headaches to itchy eyes and an aggravated respiratory tract. Formaldehyde is found in a variety of office components, including furniture and carpet. Carpeted offices retain more of these pollutants, as the particles tend to get stuck in the carpet.

The Solution

Several steps can be taken to ensure that the air quality in your office is ideal. Plants are very useful for removing pollutants from the air, including formaldehyde and ozone, and they provide a nice visual aesthetic to the office. Regular cleaning helps remove particles that have accumulated, and respecting the smoking policy of the building will prevent tobacco smoke from entering the office through the ventilation system. Office design plays a big role in ensuring that the whole office is ventilated and there air no “dead spots” where air does not circulate. This is where American Design Associates comes into play.

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.rodale.com/office-air-quality

http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/occupgd.html

http://nycosh.org/index.php?page=Indoor-Air-Quality

How to Design the Perfect Office

Friday, July 26th, 2013

If you manage or work in an office, you probably spend most of your days there. Shouldn’t the space you work in be totally unique and feel like it’s adding to productivity and workflow. It also should be a space that fosters creativity and innovation from your employees. There are a few ways to improve your current office space and make it a place that both clients and employees will want to come in, spend time and create great things at.

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Here are a few office design tips:

  • Change up the lighting arrangement – If your office is lit by dim lights, it may not be the ideal lighting conditions to work under. Windows bringing in plenty of natural light and even changing up the wallpaper can help illuminate an office and give it a glow that helps productivity and can also help inspire some creativity in the most unexpected places.
  • Get creative with desk spaces – A traditional desk is no longer the needed item for every employee. Creating different kinds of work stations where multiple employees can work, collaborate and create are simple yet genius solutions to the issue of an underdesigned office.
  • Make breakroom worth taking a break in – If you have a break room, you want to make sure it’s one that employees want to spend their break in, even if they’re only in there to heat up their lunch. Cool, unique items and maybe even a few televisions or a video game system can liven up any drab break room and turn it into a place where people want to just hang out.
  • Add plants and other greenery – Adding plants and other kinds of vegetation to the office can make it a nice environment for both employees and clients alike. Plants add a sense of nature and the outside to the office, which when combined with natural light makes for a great environment.

And for all of your office design needs, contact American Design Associates!

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.

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Office Furniture Safety Tips from ADA

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

In order to have the most productive office environment possible, you need to have a safe office environment. When it comes to office furniture, there are many precautions to be taken in regards to staying safe around your office. There are many solutions that provide safety as well as comfort to the employees in an office. It’s an important factor to consider since many workplace accidents can result from improper safety measures being taken.

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Some employees can become injured from falling off chairs or a bookcase could fall and injure them. Here are a few ways to stay safe around your office furniture:

  • Properly use and maintain chairs – The chairs in your office should be able to distribute the weight of whoever is sitting in it evenly. The legs of the chair need to provide an appropriate amount of balance so the chair won’t tip over. Proper sitting habits are also essential to office furniture safety. This includes not leaning too far back in your chair, not putting the majority of your weight at the front of the chair, don’t leave electrical appliances on your chair and don’t overwork the chair.
  • Secure your bookcases and shelves – Securing your bookcases, file cabinets, storage apparatuses and shelves is a sure way to maintain office safety. Also, making sure these office items are not too top heavy is another method to avoiding accidents in the office. Putting these objects against an office wall is the best bet in making sure that your office is safe.
  • Maintain safe workstations – Ergonomic workstation can reduce eyestrain, neck and shoulder soreness as well as the incidence of carpal tunnel syndrome. Adjustable workstations that allow employees to adjust what height they want their workstations at is a great solution to reduce the chance of office-related injuries occurring from work stations.

And if you need office furniture or help with your design, turn to American Design Associates!

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: Office Furniture Safety, eHow.com

How to Choose the Best Furniture for Your Office

Monday, July 8th, 2013

If you’re opening a new office or are moving into a new office space, there are many factors you need to consider when picking the furniture. One factor you need to consider is if you want to buy new or recycled furniture. While new furniture may look flashy and nice, recycled furniture typically costs 30 to 50 percent less than the newer furniture. There are many types of recycled furniture you can purchase. These include:

  • Re-manufactured furniture – A piece of furniture is considered re-manufactured when it has been restored to its original state or condition. This is as close to having new pieces of furniture as you can get in terms of fabrics, colors, and construction.
  • Refurbished furniture – This type of furniture is similar to re-manufactured except for the fact that it usually has just been cleaned, painted and in some cases replace the fabric that is on the furniture. Even though it hasn’t gone through an as rigorous process as re-manufactured furniture, it still has that new furniture feel.
  • Reused furniture – When furniture is reused, it basically is the “as-is” of the used furniture world. There are no special processes used on the furniture and anything you wish to have done to it will have to take place after the fact.

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Or if you don’t feel satisfied with those options, you can always opt to buy new furniture. The type of furniture you purchase can display what kind of power a manager or an executive has around their office. If the furniture you purchase looks high class, your employees will feel like they’re working for a high class institution. Your furniture gives out a vibe and will determine how your employees and clients see you, so it’s important to choose the right 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+!