Designing a Sustainable Office
With a focus on sustainable living, this consumer goods company encompasses hundreds of brands worldwide and is committed to creating products and distribution systems that minimize environmental impacts. It also invests in social and environmental programs that promote long-term solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems.
When the time came to remodel the firm’s Canadian headquarters, the planning team wanted its commitment to sustainability to extend to every aspect of the renovation project. One of the top priorities was to create a modern work environment using furniture and fixtures that would endure years of daily use.
“This client wanted something substantial. They wanted to invest in lockers that would work well and look great for a long time.”
– Toronto-based Spacesaver consultant
An Open Concept
In order to reflect current trends and optimize the space in a Toronto high-rise, the firm wanted to pursue an open office or “hoteling” concept throughout the headquarters. In this approach to interior design, employees don’t have assigned desks or offices. Instead, they choose different work environments that best suit their needs throughout a particular day. An employee might work in a small “phone booth” for an hour or two, then move to a conference room or casual meeting space to collaborate with colleagues, and then spend the rest of the day at a workstation in a “heads down” area.
While this design model is appealing for many reasons, it can result in a lack of personal storage space. Without permanently assigned desks or offices, employees need a place to store electronic devices, workout gear, snacks, and other items.
For this project, the design team decided that 400 locker openings over the firm’s two floors would provide enough personal storage for current employees while also providing room to grow in the future.
A Secure, Sustainable Solution
The designers knew that the client wanted sustainable office lockers and other furnishings that would reflect the firm’s commitment to “going green.” The design team reached out to the local Spacesaver distributor to not only learn about available locker options, but also to find out more about Spacesaver’s commitment to sustainable manufacturing processes.
They learned that Spacesaver is a 100% employee-owned firm that’s still located in the small Wisconsin town where it was founded nearly 50 years ago. They also learned that the company has implemented a number of resource conservation measures over the years, including an on-site water treatment system and a program that won a statewide award for reduction in energy use.
Lockers pictured here:
- 5-tier 68″ tall Day Use Lockers
- Steel doors in Cottonwood
- Combination locks
- 4” recessed base
- Custom graphics
Putting It All Together
After determining that Spacesaver’s sustainability efforts were a good match for the client, the design team worked with the local Spacesaver distributor to design office lockers that would be a perfect fit for employees’ needs and the available space. They designed alcoves for the lockers near entry points to allow for convenient access. They chose a five-tier option that would optimize space and storage capacity, and they had the lockers fitted with combination locks to prevent issues with lost keys and dead batteries.
Finally, to give the lockers a thoroughly modern look while keeping options open in the future, the designers worked with the Spacesaver consultant to design a unique look for the locker numbering system. The design team chose the font and the size, and the Spacesaver consultant worked with his contact at a local vinyl firm to produce the numbers and apply them to the locker doors. In the future, these numbers can be removed and replaced to give the lockers a new, fresh look without the expense and environmental impact of ordering new lockers.
The end result is a sturdy yet attractive solution that provides secure storage in a sustainable way.
Your Partner in Sustainable Office Design
At Spacesaver, we know that a commitment to sustainability extends to even the smallest details. That’s why we implemented a Corporate Energy Conservation Policy back in 2006 and have been working steadily ever since to reduce our environmental impact and be good neighbors in our community.
As you begin designing a new or renovated office, connect with us for design insights and a quote on your project.
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