Office buildings are complex structures that require careful planning and construction. They need to endure continuous use, high traffic, and frequent modifications while being durable enough to last for several decades. It’s important to hire an experienced contractor to build this structure because it’s a big investment. At TCD, we have an excellent team and have been involved in many different office projects. If you want reliable and efficient contractors, we can help.
Factors we Consider During the Design Phase
Designing residential or small commercial office buildings is different from residential spaces or small stores. We need to consider different factors, local commercial building regulations, and client requirements during the design process. Our teams pay attention to detail and make sure the building incorporates the characteristics listed below:
There are two factors to consider while evaluating the cost of effectiveness of a design; initial investment and the cost of ownership. Unfortunately, both don’t go hand in hand so clients are forced to sacrifice one for the other. Lower initial investment means compromising on the quality of building material or techniques.
We consider performance against cost, which provides long-term value. Good quality materials and design don’t require as many repairs so the cost of ownership is lower. Our designers know how to cut initial costs without compromising this value. They will explain a more cost effective means in detail so you can decide which option is ideal for you.
Office spaces don’t remain static like residential properties. Their design, layout, and structure changes frequently so the architecture should be flexible enough to accommodate this. These changes can be due to shifts in management, new tenants, advancements in technology, shifts in business models, etc.
We understand the importance of flexibility and makes sure the building has enough room to accommodate future changes without any compromise in structural integrity. Our experts create flexible designs with future requirements in view.
Employees need a comfortable, spacious, healthy environment to work in and good building design offers just that. We make sure all office spaces are comfortable with ample light and ventilation. Our designs take indoor air quality into consideration to reduce the number of allergens, toxic, or low-pollution materials inside. We also include individualized climate control so people can adjust the temperature in their area according to their requirements. No one in the office will feel too hot or cold, which can have a positive impact on productivity.
Natural light is a very important factor and we will make sure your office space receives ample amounts of it. Research suggests employees working in natural light are happier as this has a direct impact on the mood and productivity. We also use insulation materials to reduce the noise indoors as excessive noise can have an impact on productivity.
- Incorporating Technology
Technology has progressed at blinding speeds in the past few decades and there’s no telling how much it will change in the future. We understand this, which is why all our buildings designers create provisions for technology. There are climate-controlled rooms for housing IT servers and data banks, outlets and specialized electrical components to support the IT infrastructure, and provisions for better cable management.
We also include provisions for Wi-Fi, audio-visual equipment, LAN, WAN, and other such installations. This ensures all components needed to build a solid IT infrastructure are present in the building design.
- Security and Safety
Both security and safety from disasters like fire are important considerations during the design process. We design all entrances and exits to be visible and easy to monitor through security systems. This ensures there are very few blind spots in your building and access can be easily controlled. Our designers will include efficient fire escape systems, clear signage towards fire exits, and other installations that can improve safety.
- Types of Spaces in an Office Building
An office building has different types of spaces that require different kinds of designs. These spaces include the following:
- Offices and conference rooms.
- Employee or visitor support spaces like restrooms, cafeterias, child-care centers, parking areas, etc.
- Administrative areas.
- Maintenance spaces.