Archive for November 30, 2018
In today’s society, where far too many people have the need for speed, there’s an increased need for speed bumps. Speed bumps play a crucial role in keeping people safe, both drivers and pedestrians. Unfortunately, business owners often think that speed bumps are only meant for roads or heavy-traffic areas. But concrete speed bumps can be extremely beneficial in commercial parking lots and commercial entrances, too. To encourage you to have speed bumps installed where they’re most needed, let’s explore a few benefits they can offer.
Cars slow down: Obviously, the biggest benefit speed humps can offer is that they force vehicles to drive slower. All too often, cars speed through parking lots. This can not only increase noise from vehicles, but it can also put other drivers’ and pedestrians’ safety at risk. If cars are speeding through your parking lot, they risk hitting a person or another car. So when speed bumps are implemented, these drivers are forced to slow down and drive safely.
Less traffic congestion: Drivers tend to speed or cut through in areas that they know don’t have any speed bumps or stop signs. This can quickly lead to increased traffic, which is not always great in a business parking lot. Fortunately, speed bumps can help prevent this. With the right pavement services and careful selection of concrete speed bumps, business owners can rest assured that the traffic in their parking lot will be controlled. People won’t unnecessarily cut through or speed, making the parking lot a safer and easier place to drive and walk when needed.
Customers are safer: Another key benefit speed bumps can offer is that pedestrians, including customers and company staff, will be safer. Walking through a parking lot that drivers tend to speed through can be extremely dangerous for pedestrians. But when speed bumps are installed, customers can rest assured that they’ll be safe walking through the parking lot. If needed, speed bumps can even work with crosswalk areas to promote further safety for those walking throughout the parking lot.
As of 2017, the U.S. paving industry employed 284,626 people throughout 195,603 businesses, which means you should have no trouble finding a pavement company to install your concrete speed bumps. With the right speed bumps installed, business owners can have peace of mind knowing everyone in their parking lot, both drivers and pedestrians, will be better off.
The history of commercial real estate has seen offices spaces fluctuate greatly throughout the past century. Building construction companies have gone from building grey boxes filled with smaller grey boxes to sprawling corporate metropolises (we’re looking at you, Facebook) all in the name of changing views on workplace productivity.
The value of private office construction at the beginning of 2017 was $6.6 billion, a number that’s only rising with the startup boom. Whether you’re looking at rental properties, site selection for construction, or land acquisition to build from the ground up, an office space is only worth as much as the employees inside it.
A well-designed office space should have the learning and working styles of all of its employees in mind. We’re not saying to coddle them, they’re adults. However, building an office that’s only conducive to the working habits of half of your employees will play a part in potentially decreasing productivity. Let’s look at some design implementations that reflect different working styles.
- Do not disturb: We all know people who work like this. Minimal noise, no outside disturbances whatsoever, the do not disturb worker lives their professional life in solitude because that’s how they’re most productive. Your office space must have areas where these types of workers can get their jobs done in peace.
- Chaotic productive: The opposite of the aforementioned employee are the ones who thrive in noise. Whether that’s in a noisy coffee shop or in a collaborative office working space, they find themselves most productive around other people. Along with solitary, quiet spaces, your office needs to have some open working spaces where these types can flourish (often together).
- The wanderers: As technology advances, we’re less and less anchored to a desk, making work more mobile. The wanderers don’t like sitting still, they get fidgety at desks, and are prone to move locations in the office a few times a day. Where the previous two working types have their “safe” places, the wanderers’ safe places are everywhere. Your office should have a few different spots sprinkled around the space so people who need to move around can work in different places throughout the day.
We’ve only listed a few of the more common worker types that a lot of modern office designs are built to accommodate. What really matters is knowing your employees and, if you’re considering a new office or a redesign, really focusing on their workplace needs. After all, they’re the ones making the place run.