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Advances In Modular Office Furniture Systems and Full Height Wall Systems

Movable Wall suppliers are plentiful.  It is important to separate the supplier who is the direct manufacturer compliant with unlimited knowledge and capabilities to handle all realms of project sizes.  Strategic concepts of systems that can accommodate independent offices incorporated with the “cubical” offices by utilizing INTEGRATED floor to ceiling SYSTEMS with stand alone office furniture systems.

Knowledgeable manufacturer’s who offer personalized product and customized sizes as required without reservation.  Key is to accommodate all clients including those requiring mechanical replacements for wall systems that are no longer in direct production, such as ACME Wall Systems, Cinerio, DO1, I Line, VMI Wall products and MacSys Components.

Manufacturers must exploit Movability, Uniformity, Predictability, and Economic benefits.  Movable Full Height Wall Systems should be a cost effective response to changes, churns, and growth.  Offering Uniform sizes, finishes of furniture and privacy factors.  Expectation’s imploring simple, logical, coherent and easy to plan installations.  Finally, the economical long term value, depreciation and R.O.I. benefit.

Competitive advantages for movable wall systems should always offer:

  • Durability (metal-to-metal; no plastics or gypsum)
  • Speech Privacy Acoustics and Prevention of Light Leaks
  • Totally Modular (Metal Based) Systems
  • Glazed Panels shipped with Factory-Installed Glass
  • No Product Obsolescence
  • Minimal Pieces and Parts
  • Modular Design / Compatibility
  • Non-Destructive Fastening
  • USA Manufacturing Facility
  • Wire and Communication Drops

Modularity

modularity

To facilitate moves, the wall system should be modular, using modules of 24″, 30″, 36″, 42″, and 48″ whenever possible to cut down the customizing of panel width. The walls should accommodate standard ceiling heights from 7′-6″ to 10-‘6″ in ½ inch increments. Vendors should offer a wide range of options in panel colors, textures and fabrics. Hang-on components from any manufacturer should be supported by the system’s furniture slotting design. To support the concept of modularity, panels must be individually removable (non-progressive) from any point within a run.

Other Considerations

Forward thinking manufacturers now offer fully integrated designs across the entire officescape.  An integrated system allows full-wall systems to be directly connected to modular open office panel systems using common structural components. These systems support the seamless integration of electric and voice, data cabling systems between varying office designs as well as the use of hang-on components in either setting.

Compatible colors, textures and finishes between general office and executive areas provide mutually supportive settings along with a harmonious visual appeal. Achieving a desirable unified look now is surprisingly affordable, as it does not require purchasing top-of-the-line open-office panel systems to aesthetically fit with the executive areas.

In terms of office layout, systems should support 90-degree and straight connections plus 45-, 120- and 135-degree configurations. Panel-to-panel connector strips are provided to fasten panels together and conceal furniture-hanging slots. Vendors should provide a wide variety of components that permit non-destructive integration of the wall components into the base building.

Doors should be of solid, welded construction and be available in a wide range of colors and finishes. They should fit snugly into 18 gauge steel doorframes with a full seal perimeter interface for complete sound protection. Glazed door and wall panels should be offered in a wide variety of glass options and factory assembled utilizing full-perimeter vinyl glazing members.

CONCLUSION

Movable full-height wall systems add measurable value when task-intensive knowledge work is being performed. Thanks to modern manufacturing techniques and supply chain strategies, manufacturers are able to offer superior quality full-wall systems at an affordable price. In addition to providing an attractive, private workplace that helps retain valued personnel, these systems incorporate standards-compliant voice, data and electrical power systems, and are quickly and easily reconfigured to accommodate new office requirements. They also can be fully integrated into open office designs through common structural components, compatible colors, textures and designs and shared cabling systems.

These features, coupled with attractive tax advantages that do not apply to structural (plasterboard) walls greatly reduce the lifetime cost of a full-wall system and support a harmonious visual appeal across the entire officescape.