Over the last decade or so, office design has gone through a lot of changes. It used to be that you could walk into nearly any office and find people working in their own closed-off spaces. Cubicles were the norm for many years, but that is not necessarily the case any longer. In an effort to boost teamwork and collaboration, offices have begun to shift to more open layouts. In many cases, cubicles have been torn down and in their place are rows of desks or even more unique workstations – like comfortable couches and chairs – that enable everyone to look at everyone else and more easily get together. One of the main issues when it comes to an open office environement, however, is this lack of private space. Employees may not have liked cubicles, but they did afford some measure of visual and acoustical privacy compared to a full open workstation environement. But with companies insistent on having open layouts, how can they make everyone happy? One of the answers is the creation of private spaces within the larger open plan enviroment. To get the most of out of these often small spaces, commercial sliding doors are an excellent solution. With sliding glass doors, the appearance of the open office stays intact, but now there is much more privacy when the doors are closed.
Design Benefits of Commercial Sliding Doors
A business does not have to have an open plan to benefit from commercial sliding doors. No matter the type of office, sliding doors offer a unique and different element that saves space. Most offices still utilize swinging doors, and although they can get the job done, their door swing takes up a tremendous amount of space and they do not make a particular impact on design in most cases. Sliding doors are generally percieved a morn modern upgrade to a traditional swing door and they allow for a more efficient layout of furnishings and case work in small rooms. Open plan office environments in industries like technology often need small group meeting rooms, phone rooms, mother’s rooms or other small spaces for the open plan concept to work and getting the most out of those rooms is key.
Functional Benefits of Commercial Sliding Doors
The purpose of smaller, private spaces within the open plan enviroment is generally to provide a measure of acoustical or visual privacy that is separated from the open environment. Not all sliding doors are equal in this regard and if your design intent is privacy, you should be sure to select a commercial sliding door that is up to the task. AD Systems’ sliding doors are designed with acoustics in mind and feature a high performance frame design that seals the opening and allows for locking, acoustical gaskets at all three sides and an a optional acoustical drop seal for higher levels of performance. Frosted or decorative glass options allow you to incorporate glass into the design while giving some enhanced visual privacy. ADA compliant hardware including privacy thumbturns, key locks, mag locks for connection to card readers and automation packages round out the product offering.