What’s New at Teknion?

From architectural walls and casegoods to ergonomic seating and technological devices, Teknion continues to enhance work environments.

Altos now offers an increased span of uninterrupted glass. Glass Fascias and Doors can support ceiling heights up to 120 inches and incorporate 4-inch base in an anodized aluminum finish option for a sleek storefront look.

The Expansion Casegoods were enhanced with redesigned elements to provide clients with a refined aesthetic for private office solutions.

The Powermat Grommet offers the capability to charge multiple devices with a single power supply. Eliminate the extra cords and be assured that this intelligent device will stop sending power when your devices are fully charged.

And couldn’t we all use a little extra back support. The Visio task chair takes functionality and ergonomic performance 3-steps forward. The new lumbar support option has a 3-inch adjustment capability and three depth adjustment positions.

Teknion took the products you love to a new level—these enhancements improve efficiency, aesthetics, functionality and ergonomics. Visit www.teknion.com to learn more or call Schroeder Solutions and a member of our sales team can provide you with more information.

Access to Natural Light Creates a Quality Work Environment

Over the last few years commercial office design has evolved in an effort to improve life for the masses – shedding natural light on the work environment. While previous space planning practices located private offices on the exterior walls in order to give managers and executives a serious presence in the office, the trend has now reversed in order to give the general office access to this valuable space and resource. Workstations are now typically being placed closer or adjacent to the exterior windows while private offices are now being clustered in the center of a building.

Studies have shown that providing the majority of occupants with a connection between indoor space and the outdoors increases employee productivity, and also reduces absenteeism and illness.  Therefore, not only have workstations moved to the windows, but their heights have also been decreasing. In order to carry this valuable light source to the relocated private offices, clerestory windows and/or sidelights are being incorporated into the design of these interior walls. While the existence of natural lighting is very important to the workplace, it is also equally important to provide daylight redirection and/or glare control devices, such as window blinds, to ensure the daylight is being used effectively.

Giving a larger percentage of office occupants access to natural lighting not only has a positive effect on the employees, it is better for the environment. The increase in natural lighting decreases the need for electrical lighting, which results in lower energy use and electrical bills. This in turn conserves the amount of natural resources used and reduces air pollution impacts due to energy production. Therefore, increasing the natural lighting available has multiple benefits for both humans and the environment. The USGBC (United States Green Building Council) rewards this practice through its LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification programs with one to two points for interiors that utilize 75% to 90% natural light.