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Open Concept Office Renovation: Is It Right for Your Office?

By March 16, 2016March 26th, 2016No Comments

One of the most popular trends in both home and office renovations is the so-called “open concept.” From HGTV shows to McMansions, from Fortune 500 companies to small mom-and-pop shops, contractors are knocking down walls to create an open space that everyone can enjoy.

But is this “open concept” the right renovation for your office? Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of the open concept office renovation:

The Pros of Open Concept

  • It’s keeping with the current office environment trends. According to Ken Wilson, a principle architect at Perkins & Will architectural firm, the office culture of the 21st Century focuses less on managerial hierarchy and more on collaboration. With an open concept office renovation, the spirit of collaboration will be encouraged.
  • It’s less expensive to build & furnish. How difficult is it, really, to knock down some walls and put in some big tables? This is especially beneficial for smaller, mom-and-pop type offices that have a limited budget.

The Cons of Open Concept

  • It doesn’t work for every office environment. Some studies suggest that productivity actually decreases in open-concept office environments, because of the noise factor. In addition, these same studies suggest that older, and more introverted, employees prefer to work in a private space, and could actually be deterred from working in an open concept office.
  • The aforementioned noise factor is a concern. When you’re undertaking an open concept office renovation, you need to incorporate “quiet pods” and other private spaces for employees to go into as they need them.

We can help you with your open concept office renovation. Contact us today for a quote and a consultation.