December rings in the holidays with droves of visitors to the stores seeking those much sought after gifts. It is also a time for businesses to review. While people are enjoying various holiday festivities many businesses are enjoying increased profits and customer growth for 2013. Gratefully, our state of Michigan has experienced a resurgence in most if not all sectors of industry.
Although the media focused on the blight of Detroit and the bankruptcy announcement late this Summer we know what’s next. What’s next is a new generation of passionate, strong, world-changers who are driving the re-building of this great city. Nxtwall is excited to be a part of this team accelerating Detroit. Our project at Ford Field is a shining example of the powerful energy and hard work that is fueling Detroit and Michigan. Committed Michigan entrepreneurs and new leaders are striving to put Michigan in the pole position of industry once again. (Watch for updates on the Ford Field project in future blog entries.)
Michigan-made, Focused on You
As a dependable, sustainable, and creative interior construction company that is also Michigan-made, Nxtwall encourages you to buy local. A fertile and fruitful economy helps build the character of your locale and increases the well-being of each community. Sustaining local businesses provide jobs, vitalize economies and contributes to local issues and platforms by keeping money in the local economy. We know that communities that push to preserve unique businesses tend to have an economic advantage.
As we become more conscious purchasers and supportive neighbors we support the earth by reducing our carbon footprint with each local purchase and sustainable product purchased. With new businesses and products on the market offering new features and using more sustainable materials the product diversity and competition keeps innovation up and prices down. We can make conscious purchases that support the planet and our local communities.
Nxtwall’s manufacturing plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan works with a network of material, production, and service providers within a 10 mile radius. Reduced transportation between all stages of production lessens carbon emissions, fuel consumption, and labor, also resulting in lower product costs. Nxtwall is committed to the use of environmentally friendly materials as well as the design of reusable wall systems. Nxtwall reusable walls are some of the best PVC-free products on the market. Where did your coffee cup come from? What is it made of? What happens when you are done with it? As consumers we owe it to the next generation – and to our communities – to ask these questions.
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint – Buy American
America’s economy is based around entrepreneurship. It serves as a key for pushing low prices and high innovation. Even if the products you need to purchase for your next building product are not manufactured in your local state you can still support your local community and reduce your carbon footprint by choosing to work with local dealers who offer products produced in the United States. When businesses pull in new customers and employees local expenditures increase and the tax bar is raised.
A sustainable environment helps pump more money into the local economy, creates new jobs and provides customer service that larger big box stores simply cannot. Build the kind of economic infrastructure that grows from local providers.
Nxtwall is a proud Michigan based company that distributes economical demountable walls for office and commercial interior design spaces throughout the United States with local dealer networks. Visit our website to find a dealer near you. For those who celebrate, enjoy a green Christmas.
Demountable Glass Office Walls - View Series by NxtWall
Open a World of Possibilities With Demountable Glass.
Workplace design is something that is often overlooked or is designed to minimize expenses without consideration for employees.
The size doesn’t really matter as much as the design. Converting small spaces may require more insight than budget considerations.
Issues to consider:
- How is the business run?
- How does communication flow?
- How are decisions made? i.e. top down or collaboratively?
- What image does company want to project?
- How does it look to clients? Employees?
Companies want to do more, faster, better for less
Space reflects a company’s attitude about everything from their image to the well-being of their employees. It has been scientifically proven that the conditions of an office can effect your communication, energy, mood and sleep patterns. What are you saying to the world about your practices if you lock yourself away in a tight, dark and isolated office?
Use natural light to open up space and give it character
The use of sliding glass doors can increase the sense of space. Balance between open and closed offices will give a better sense of flow and diversity. Face to face interaction will become a more welcoming and helpful part of the work day. Create light and spacious work environment so nothing can bound your creativity or ingenuity.
One thing is clear
Adding glass opens up an area and reflects light. Glass walls create a collaborative feel, spur conversation, sharing of ideas and brainstorming. Other benefits can include:
• increased communication and collaboration
• energizing natural light with expansive outdoor views,
Science has proven natural light increase cortisol which enhances mood, encourages teamwork and boosts creativity! In a recent study comparing the benefits of natural light and artificial light, scientist Mirjam Muench found:
“Compared to the afternoon, people who had DL (Daylight) were significantly more alert at the beginning of the evening, and subjects who were exposed to AL (Artificial light) were significantly sleepier at the end of the evening.”
And one can never underestimate the power of aesthetics
• beauty and elegance of glass,
• clean, contemporary look & feel
• sustainability and connection to surroundings.
All you need is clean simple design to lighten up a room.
Increase Workplace Collaboration with NxtWall Movable Walls
Tear down the walls to design a collaborative work space.
Today’s top organizations are trending towards collaborative efforts from their work forces. Executives and managers recognize that collective brainpower not only leads to a more productive and successful outcome, but it’s also a tool for engaging team members and providing a more satisfying work experience for them.
The challenge comes in creating an environment that promotes interaction, teamwork and collaboration between coworkers. While the desire may be there, often times the physical office structure may be lagging behind. Many organizations have not allocated space for workers to pool their talents and work together in a productive manner.
Intentional space…if you build it, they will come.
Providing proper space is crucial for successful collaboration. Workers need areas where they can share ideas, get input and build knowledge. Whether that translates to a traditional conference room,a smaller huddle room or simply a space for informal conversation, movable walls such as Nxtwall’s Flex Wall System, provide a flexible and affordable solution for creating that space.
Not only is the Flex Wall System fully adaptable to any building configuration and architectural condition, but it is completely reusable. So as time goes by and an organization’s needs change,the space can be easily reconfigured using the existing walls. Thus providing a more flexible and affordable solution to drywall. Plus the adaptability for future changes allows companies to maximize the use of existing space without expensive renovations.
Usable surfaces are fundamental to collaboration.
While brainstorming and the sharing of ideas are optimal for increasing staff productivity, it is also essential to have the proper tools to aid in the process. Once team members have their creative juices flowing and ideas popping, there needs to be a way of recording it all, lest the thoughts fall into obscurity.
So while creating collaborative space, it is important to consider incorporating tools such as marker boards and chalkboards. Built right into the Nxtwall’s Flex Wall System, these writable surfaces provide an excellent means of capturing ideas as they occur. Traditionally used in conference rooms, offices, training centers and the like, some organizations have placed writable surfaces throughout their office space so that not even one idea goes unnoticed.
Another option is tackable walls which enable workers to pin ideas, photos and other inspirational pieces on the walls of their work spaces. Nxtwall’s fabric tackable walls are made from up to 98% post consumer content and have a high acoustical rating.
Get On Board.
Whether an organization has promoted the team concept for some time or is just considering getting on the bandwagon, one thing is for certain, planning for and providing the right physical space is the essential starting point in creating the proper environment for collaborative activities.
Be sure to visit us in Philadelphia at the 2013 IFMA World Workplace, October 2nd-4th Booth #738. Get an up close and personal look at the Nxtwall system. Plus enter to win a $100 Visa gift card just by stopping by!
Demountable Office Partitions… What’s Driving the Need?
Today, if you ask facilities management professionals the value of demountable office partitions you will get a mixed answer. Many will tell you that the demand for speed of change has become greater. Others will tell you that demountable floor to ceiling office partitions are far less intrusive or disruptive than conventional construction. Currently, a fast growing need for this wall solution is driven by the very important push for sustainable building design. Nonetheless, demountable wall partitions are not a passing fad but a way to manage space strategically.
Conversely, when seeking to understand a seemingly logical approach for office walls, facilities managers will tell you the challenges they face to the adoption of a complete and or comprehensive integration of demountable office partitions or wall is two-fold; price and perceived flexibility vs. real flexibility.
The demountable wall industry has long been weighed-down with expensive and inflexible floor to ceiling partitions. Too often expensive inflexible demountable glass partitions that simply and deceivingly take on the name “demountable”, but in reality, only serve as a pretentious alternate to stick built glass fronts. Similarly, these demountable glass front partitions are surrounded with a confusing and inflexible strategy of conventionally constructed glass fronts, only pretending to offer flexibility.
This confusing glass front strategy was preceded by the inflexibility delivered by both the “unitized” demountable partition and the “pre-engineered or pre-manufactured” demountable wall with its huge parts list. This architectural wall strategy fell far short of meeting the flexibility challenges and speed of change demand that was placed on today’s workspace. The complicated approach of producing a fixed panel or a pre-manufactured panel consisting of massive parts and pieces that might anticipate the changes that would be required, has miss the needs of a rapidly changing business environment. These products failed to consider the realities of a facilities manager’s world. The unique building or space requirements have been disregarded in favor of aesthetics alone.
Flexible Glass Offices – Boston, MA
Today, a new and innovative wall approach that delivers a “field fit” or “field adaptable” approach that can help facility manager’s strategically manage space like never before. Demountable office partitions have an opportunity to not only deliver but to redefine “flexibility” that was once only marketed as a flexible solution to fixed construction. Today’s workspaces, demand responsiveness to changing technology and an improved utility of the space. The office space personality has received mixed messages and a change of needs; from privacy to collaboration…. eccentricity to professionalism…low tech to high tech, all while being conscious of the environment.
The drivers of the office of tomorrow and the demountable office partitions or walls are very clear; make it simple, make it real, make it affordable. These 3 drivers will allow companies to support the responsible green initiative with a demountable wall solution that supports their bottom line.
A bottom line is not improved with huge first cost, or expensive life cycle costs accommodating the change of needs. Sustainable building or product design is not achieved when all materials produced come out of plants with a huge carbon footprint hundreds or thousands of miles from the installation site. Flexibility is not achieved with massive inventories from huge kits of parts or inflexible wall partitions made section by section for a specific building or floor all piled high in warehouses collecting dust and costing companies money.
In the end it’s all about “real” flexibility. This includes: simplicity, affordability and aesthetics with a strong consideration and/or bias for the environment. Manufacturers must not be singularly focused on selling product… but rather selling a solution for the strategic facilities management that supports an ever-changing personality and culture of the workspace.
Demountable Butt-jointed Glass Fronts – Chicago, IL