Sliding doors can put you on the map! In today’s highly competitive environment, lawyers and law offices are always looking for ways to boost productivity, increase billable hours, and grow their bottom line.
If you’re an architect working with a law firm to design a new office space, it’s the perfect opportunity to talk with your client about re-thinking the way the lawyers work. You may help them consider ways that move away from traditional office design and as a result, help the lawyers in their firm work more effectively. Many architects designing law offices today are using glass sliding doors as just one of the changes in the building.
While you may already be familiar with the space-saving, energy-efficient benefits of sliding doors, you may not have considered many of the other ways that sliding doors can simultaneously reduce costs and help create an environment of happy, more productive employees.
Natural Sunlight Reduces Seasonal Depression
When glass sliding doors on individual offices are combined with glass sliding office front doors and large, floor-to-ceiling windows, it permits natural light to stream through the building. Obviously, this can reduce cooling costs in the summer, and heating costs in the winter through daylight harvesting. But it may also make office workers, including lawyers and paralegals, more effective by boosting their mood.
Studies suggest that exposure to natural sunlight, even through windows or sliding doors, can reduce the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder, SAD, or depression that occurs during the longer winter days. In those not suffering from depression, it can still boost their mood.
Think about it: Don’t you feel happier and more productive when you’re working in a space where natural light streams in?
Darker Colored Décor Works Well in a Bright Space
In a dark, closed-in office space, designers may rely on lighter, brighter colors and light wood furniture to give the space a brighter feel. But with the natural light that glass sliding doors provide, designers can lean toward darker color walls and carpeting. These elements require less cleaning and maintenance and won’t show stains or wear-and-tear as prominently, which means they won’t have to be replaced as often. It’s easy to see that the investment in sliding doors pays off in ways your clients may not have considered.
Create an Open Feel, While Maintaining Client Privacy
Although law offices don’t follow the same stringent HIPAA requirements as healthcare facilities, client confidentiality is critical in a law office. Glass sliding doors foster a sense of collaboration amongst partners in a law firm, but the acoustic seals on AD Systems sliding doors block sound to maintain client confidentiality, and to help lawyers and other employees stay focused throughout the workday.
Trends in Law Office Design
Sliding doors are one of the most recent trends in law office design, and it’s easy to see why. Combined with a welcoming front entry, floor-to-ceiling windows, and offices of a consistent size and shape, sliding doors help create a well-organized space that encourages collaboration, promotes productivity, and can ultimately help boost a law firm’s bottom line.