Photo of empty operations centers with red lights. Lead image for new design considerations resulting from COVID-19

Designing for Mission Critical During COVID-19

Getting back to work is a top priority across the multitude of sectors and organizations affected by COVID-19. But even more important than business continuity is ensuring the health and safety of workers. To aid with this, Constant Technologies is adapting our design strategies to ensure current and future mission critical operations centers comply with the changes brought by COVID-19.

The open office concept, developed to foster a more collaborative environment, is proving difficult to modify given the challenges presented by COVID-19. In a recent Wall Street Journal Article, Harris Diamond, chief executive and chairman of McCann Worldgroup said, “All our agencies are open floor plans and that was a great idea in the past, but it now works against us.” Because many operations centers are designed with open collaboration as a main focus, the rules of social distancing can present a new challenge.

Adapted Existing Operations Centers

Constant is currently engineering personal partitions which will assist in current operations center applications. This will also become an important aspect of consoles for future operations center projects. These clear partitions will be available in a range of styles and will be helpful in enforcing social distancing. Partitions also help to prevent the spread of airborne viruses and germs.  As many operations centers must remain operation 24/7. Constant is working to quickly assist our clients with solutions that will help adhere to new protocol.

Design Considerations

There are also certain sectors that are working to ramp up their operations center plans.  These organizations need to implement new mission critical command and control facilities as a response to COVID-19. “We are working on new projects in sectors such as healthcare and emergency operations,” says Heather Conover, project manager at Constant Technologies. “The designs we are developing are taking social distancing and operator safety into account, responding real time to the changing needs of our clients.”

Constant is designing new operations center spaces where social distancing protocol is being taken into consideration. For example, the Constant Technologies’ design team is working with clients to develop layouts that give additional separation between users.  This can be used for storage or converted into additional operator space for future consideration when rules are relaxed.

24/7 Video Wall Solutions

In our recent blog about data monitoring, we discussed how many organizations are using video walls to monitor critical data during the COVID-19 outbreak. Never has there been a greater need for a centralized location to monitor data. Constant works with clients to build customized video walls with 24/7 reliability, ensuring our clients have fast access to the information they need to make critical decisions.

If you would like to discuss your command center requirements, our expert team is here to help.

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About Constant:

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, installs and services projects of all scopes and sizes around the world. We create solutions with the highest levels of security, aesthetics and functionality in mind.