Mission critical is a complex setting, and it takes a talented team to create an effective operations center environment.
At Constant, we often partner with interior designers as part of the project team. The collaboration between mission critical experts and interior designers ensures that the space functions at the high standards required in a 24/7 ops centers while also meeting important aesthetic goals.
How Constant collaborates with interior design professionals
Command and control spaces are unique environments, and Constant adds value as an expert in mission critical to make sure that the environment is optimized for 24/7. Every design choice in an operations center is important. Constant’s collaboration with interior designers enhances both form and function.
Spatial design for 24/7 environments
The layout of a command and control room is critical not only for interior aesthetics but also for functionality. A key element of this includes sight lines, which impact ergonomics and the layout of the entire space. The goal of a sight line analysis is to place operator consoles in relation to the display so that operators can see the video wall, which is crucial for situational awareness, with minimal head or neck movement or interruption to their work. There are also other factors that can affect the placement of consoles and the video wall in relation to one another, including how many rows of consoles there will be or the ceiling height. Collaboration is also a key element of spatial design, and Constant creates control room layouts that promote streamlined communication among operators.
Designing for tours
Tours can be an important part of operations, serving as a sales tool to secure new clients or stakeholders. Whether the operations center is meant to reassure clients their data is being kept secure, demonstrates emergency-preparedness to stakeholders, or performs any other number of critical functions, sharing mission critical capabilities through site tours can be beneficial to an organization.
A key factor to consider is if there should be a separate viewing area or whether tours can enter without disturbing the mission critical activities. A viewing area outside the room or an adjacent conference room with a glass wall can be a great solution that allows viewing of the operations center without creating a disturbance for the operators within the space. Constant can factor in additional features such as snap glass for the viewing wall that can switch between transparent and opaque to protect sensitive information should a critical event occur during a tour. Operations centers that will be used for tours also influence the aesthetic decisions made during the design process. Details such as lighting and consoles can contribute to creating a highly aesthetic space.
Custom furniture solutions
The furniture in a mission critical space affects the flow and function of the room. Constant’s control room consoles are flexible and scalable, specifically designed for performance and durability as well as operator ergonomics. Mission critical operations require more equipment than standard office spaces, so equipment accommodations are especially important. Both the standard line and custom consoles at Constant feature equipment accommodations including:
- Front and rear-facing doors allowing access to critical equipment
- Louvered grills and exhaust fans to keep heat levels low
- Sophisticated cable management solutions
These equipment solutions allow for effective use of the consoles while also providing sleek, clean aesthetics that contribute to the overall design of a space. Our consoles also come with a range of laminate finishes, so we can match any color necessary to coordinate with the interior design of a space. Statement features such as LED accent lighting can also be added to consoles for additional design elements.
Video wall solutions
The video wall is the focal point of any room. In mission critical, it’s not just a statement piece but also the focus of operations and the hub of situational awareness. Constant’s video wall solutions feature top of the line technology built to withstand the rigors of 24/7. The longevity and reliability of the video wall are key factors for display design in mission critical. There are also aesthetic design factors which affect mission critical functionality – high resolution and contrast not only look better, but also allow operators to better view and collaborate upon the data displayed. Bezels, pixel pitch, and video wall size are all important factors, and Constant determines the right solution for your specific use case and design.
Staying on top of current trends
Because we often collaborate with interior designers, Constant prioritizes opportunities to network with the top designers in our area. The IIDA is the commercial interior design association with global reach, supporting a network of 15,000+ members across 58 countries. The New England chapter of the IIDA is hosting their 19th annual croquet tournament this Thursday, August 4 in Newport, Rhode Island. This tournament will not only foster a spirit of friendly competition among the area’s design community and partners, it will also help fund the Providence City Center Student Scholarship. Members of Constant’s project management and marketing departments will be attending the event and look forward to the chance to network with New England’s top designers.
If you would like to learn more about our solutions and how we work in partnership with interior designers, contact us today.
Constant Technologies, Inc. provides AV integration for 24/7 video walls and custom operation center furniture. With 30+years experience we can work with sensitive environments in the public and private sectors. Constant designs and installs projects of all scopes and sizes around in the world. We also offer long-term service and support. We create solutions with the highest levels of security, aesthetics and functionality in mind.