Product Highlights: Teknion Zones

PearsonLloyd worked with Teknion to create a line of furniture that “solves complex issues in a simple way.”

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The design approach for this collection recognizes people’s emotional connection to furniture and provides a series of chairs, tables, enclosures and accessories that offers a fluid platform for addressing workspace needs. The pieces were designed for mobility so the environment can be adjusted as needed. And the materials used express a softness and richness that humanizes the product and enriches the work experience.

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For PearsonLloyd the future of the office environment is about “flexibility, opportunity and happiness.” Teknion Zones will truly transform an office interior.

To learn more about Teknion Zones, call — or visit –

http://www.teknion.com/can/inspiration/product-design/zones

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Project Highlight: Colliers International

Schroeder Solutions partnered with Kahler Slater on the design of  a —square foot office space for Colliers International. Teamwork and collaboration between Colliers, Kahler Slater and Schroeder Solutions was key to the success of this project. From the initial kick off meeting to a trip to the Teknion headquarters in Toronto and two trips to the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, the team was committed to the due diligence necessary to select the right products and furnishings for this work environment. Multiple manufacturers were selected for the project and carefully coordinated to achieve a cohesive aesthetic. The Schroeder Solutions and Kahler Slater designers worked together to specify finishes to create the seamless blend between manufacturers.

Since Colliers is the leasing agent for the building, Schroeder Solutions was able to negotiate extensive discounting from Teknion for any tenant moving into the 833 building.

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Ethonomics: Active Design

In 2015, Teknion released a paper called Ethonomics: Designing for the Principles of the Modern Workplace. As a leading international designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative workplace interiors, the company explored how design can impact employee happiness and the question—What does well-being and productivity mean to today’s workforce?

Ethonomics presents the theory that there may be a formula for designing workplace happiness. This formula includes:

  1. Design for Balance – Offer varied experiences across a floorplate
  2. Design for Choice – Account for changing work modes throughout the day
  3. Active Design – Promote movement
  4. Human-Centered Design – Create a rich sensory experience and connections to the outdoors
  5. Design for Collaboration – Support groups as they scale in: size, formality, tech needs, learning styles

As part of that formula, Active Design focuses on promoting individual movement in the office environment. As a greater topic Active Design is being applied by urban planners to build movement into communities through engaging streetscapes, pedestrian-oriented developments and neighborhood parks. So how can we design office environments with that same mentality?

According to the Ethonomics paper, “The human body is built to move. It follows that the human-centered workplace should provide people with the opportunity for physical activity; with a choice among working postures as well as workspaces. Alert, engaged and healthy workers are most often those who are afforded a stimulating and inspiring work environment that encourages movement—to sit, stand and walk around.”

While the paper shares some of the detriments of sitting, simple providing the option to stand is not the solution. As with most things, moderation and balance is a better approach. The paper offers a few suggestions for how employees can add movement into their daily routine in a variety of ways:

  • Pace while talking on the phone, organizing papers or eating lunch.
  • Stand at a sit/stand desk—or take your laptop over to a high countertop.
  • Walk, rather than gathering around a table, for a meeting.
  • Program your phone to remind you to change position every half an hour.
  • Take a break—stand up, stretch and stroll over to the coffee bar.
  • Walk to work or at least to the bus stop or train platform. Where possible, join co-workers on the volleyball court, take a yoga or Zumba class or simply use your lunch hour to walk to a plaza or stroll through a park.

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Schroeder Solutions worked with Skyline Technologies, the Midwest’s premier provider of information technology and digital marketing consulting services, to create not only a “cool” office space, but an office that was collaborative, active and vibrant. The design solution promotes movement by offering a variety of collaborative spaces with opportunities to sit or stand while meeting in private, semi-private and casual settings. Bean bag toss and Pop-A-Shot games in the lounge encourage physical activity and quick breaks throughout the day.

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If you are interested in learning more Ethonomics and integrating Active Design principles into your workspace, contact —-. You can find information referenced in this article by visiting:

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/design-expert-teknion-unveils-ethonomics-the-formula-for-workplace-happiness-300098731.html

https://d2r72yk5wmppdj.cloudfront.net/m/525ae69121488781/006956_LOres_from_china_Reader_Spread_china.pdf.pdf

http://www.teknion.com/inspiration/ethonomics/a-work-in-progress-the-active-healthy-metropolis

In the spring issue we will discuss Human-Centered and Biophilic Design. Stay tuned!

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Meet our newest team members!

Schroeder Solutions is pleased to welcome AJ Fink, Kelly Cayo, CRP and Jamie Fink to its team of Workplace Consultants!

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AJ Fink brings over 19 years of operations and sales experience to the Schroeder Solutions Account Management Team. He is excited about this new opportunity to combine his love for relationship building, problem solving and sales. Fink believes his good listening skills and detail oriented nature will bring a sense of urgency to client projects. He looks forward to expanding Schroeder Solutions success in target markets such as higher education and hospitality as well as supporting the continued growth of the logistics department.

When AJ isn’t making a fantastic sales pitch, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Jamie, and their five children or cheering on the Milwaukee Bucks! His favorite food is a loaded cheeseburger with as many toppings as you can possibly fit on it. Outside of work, he loves song writing, playing music with his kids and coaching soccer. AJ also is a Worship Leader at Northbrook Church in Ridgefield.kelly-cayo-2

Also joining the Account Management team, Kelly Cayo is a strategically focused leader with a successful background in sales, management and service operations. He is a Certified Relocation Professional (CRP) who has over 18 years of experience in the relocation industry. He is excited to be working with a company that is customer service focused and knows the importance of being a strong client advocate. With the comprehensive service offering at Schroeder Solutions, he looks forward to being a high level resource for his clients.

Outside of work, Kelly enjoys fishing, golfing and cooking chili. He believes that almost anything, including his chili, tastes better with hot sauce on it. His favorite vacation spot is Chamberlin Narrows in Ontario, Canada; he says it has the best walleye fishing in the world. Kelly has two grown children and enjoys spending time binge watching Netflix shows with his wife.jamie-fink-2

As a new member of the Design Team, Jamie Fink brings an artistic approach to the design process. Her background in fashion merchandising and business and her over ten years of experience in residential design give her a unique perspective on creating vibrant work environments. Fink’s residential projects have been highlighted by HGTV and IKEA and publicized in sources such as Apartment Therapy. She is excited to use her creativity and eye for design to segue into the commercial industry.

While Jamie isn’t working hard at Schroeder Solutions, she’s spending time with her husband AJ and their full house of five kids, two cats and two dogs. She enjoys traveling, specifically to Europe, designing and cleaning her beautiful house in Brookfield. One of her favorite things to do outside of work is put her children to bed, have AJ make her a cocktail and unwind from the day by watching one of their favorite shows together.

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