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4 Things to Know About Mezzanine Office Construction

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Effective use of space impacts everything from a company’s organizational functionality to the physical comfort of the people who come in and out of its office doors. Indeed, when planned appropriately, a company’s office — particularly its physical layout — boosts employee morale, minimizes operational costs and safeguards future plans for growth. It makes sense, then, that businesses be ever on the lookout for ways to amplify the value of any existing office space. In many instances, building a mezzanine office is a creative and relatively inexpensive way to exploit space that otherwise might be unused and, thus, wasted. Here’s what you should know about mezzanine office construction before you decide if it could be an option for your own commercial space needs:

But First, What is a Mezzanine Office?

A mezzanine office is an intermediate floor between the ground and first floors (or ground and ceiling) of a building. It is a common feature of many warehouses and other industrial settings, but it can be added in other types of buildings, too, as it is a great way to maximize vertical space.

What You Need to Consider

While it’s possible to add a mezzanine office to buildings with unused space between the ground and first floors, it’s only a good solution when doing so adds tangible benefit to a corporation’s overall goals. To help you assess the value of this type of office in relation to your company’s own objectives, think about:

  • Access — A mezzanine office is elevated, so you’ll need to figure out how employees, visitors and other guests coming into your space will access it. Stairs and lifts will undoubtedly be necessary, as will a plan for emergency escape. Will having these types of additional access points to locations in your office unnecessarily slow your organization’s workflow? If so, how will that affect your company’s overall efficiency?
  • Usage — Mezzanine offices can be used to warehouse people or things or both, and construction specifications will differ accordingly. For example, a mezzanine office that will be used to store products will likely need to be built using different supports than one being used primarily by employees or supervisors. Working with a licensed designer or engineer can help you determine the construction criteria demanded by your office’s intended use.
  • Strategic Plan — Companies need to examine their strategic plans before they embark on mezzanine office construction. It may not make sense to build this type of office at an existing location if you know you’re slated to outgrow it in just a few years. Likewise, having a good grasp on possible growth opportunities will help you determine whether or not it’s worthwhile to build a mezzanine office in such a way now that it could be easily modified later.
  • Code Requirements — As with any commercial construction, a mezzanine office must conform to certain codes and requirements. In addition to individual state building regulations, both the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and The International Building Code (IBC) mandate specific requirements depending on the overall purpose of the mezzanine itself. It’s important to check with a trusted contractor to ensure all rules and regulations are followed when building a mezzanine office.

The Key Interiors Advantage

Ensuring (and securing) space for people to work, gather and store supplies is one of the best ways for businesses to improve productivity and maximize their ROI. To learn more about building a mezzanine office in your own workplace, please contact the design team at Key Interiors. Our experience can help you determine the benefits and drawbacks of adding a mezzanine office to your own space and navigate the various code requirements should you choose to build.

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The Benefits of Hoteling Office Space

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Convenience and productivity are buzzwords in today’s business world. Employees want one, and employers demand the other. While each might seem at odds with the other, neither needs to be sacrificed and both can exist simultaneously. Indeed, the world’s recent pandemic has done nothing if not taught us that people can work wherever and whenever they want and still yield valuable, profitable and efficient results. Take a look at how one trending commercial design feature — hoteling office space — can improve your company’s culture, as well as its bottom line:

What is Hoteling Office Space?

Hoteling office space refers to the current trend in office management that allows employees to schedule the use of certain resources and/or an actual desk, cubicle or conference room at the company office. It’s a novel concept designed by organizations to maximize employees’ time and productivity while still allowing them the convenience and flexibility of working in the office only when they need or want to be on-site.

Why Hoteling Office Space is Becoming So Popular

Since the start of the pandemic, more employees are splitting their time between home and office. With fewer employees working in-house full-time (current estimates put the typical office just over 40% occupied at any given time), companies simply don’t want — or need — to designate a desk or office to a person who probably won’t be there to use it half of the time. To address this marked decline in office utilization, companies have created a way for employees to “reserve” office space so that they can work from home but still have the opportunity to set up shop and spread out their things when necessity dictates they work in the office or directly among their colleagues.

Unlike hot-desking, hoteling office space allows workers to reserve a specific space within the office to use on a certain day and for a set amount of time. It’s the same principle used by travelers when they reserve and are, therefore, guaranteed a hotel room to use while on a trip. Hoteling office space is so popular because:

  • It’s Convenient — Employees can work remotely, but they still have the option to come to a designated workspace and have equipment waiting for them to use when needed. This is especially beneficial for employees who work for companies with offices in multiple cities or locations since it permits them to travel easily around the world with little disruption to their routines or available support.
  • It Increases Productivity — Hoteling office space encourages collaboration, which increases productivity. Rather than having rooms (or station/cubicles) and resources that are always restricted to certain people and/or that must be shared among 100% of employees each day, companies have an abundance of space and equipment that can be shared among only the people who choose to be on-site at any given time.
  • It Saves Money — Real estate is expensive. Hoteling office space means companies can increase headcount without having to expand their physical campus.
  • It Improves Morale — Employees appreciate the flexibility that hoteling office space affords and, therefore, are usually more excited to work (whether it be in the office or remotely)!

Want to Learn More?

Hoteling office space is a growing trend that benefits employees and employers alike. It’s a convenient and profitable solution for companies that want to maximize their space and budgets while still protecting one of their most valuable assets: their employees. To learn more about how to implement office hoteling solutions at your own place of work, please contact our design team at Key Interiors.

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