Why Floor Plans are Critical to Your Operations Center Design
So you’ve decided it’s time to create or update an operations center for your organization, and are thinking about talking to Constant. Now what?
Once you’ve contacted Constant to begin design discussions, one of the first things we ask for is a floor plan. There are a number of reasons we do this:
Once we have a floor plan, we can help you visualize the space.
A floor plan is the building block of our designs. Once we have your floor plan, we can begin coming up with options for different layouts and console combinations. Our initial spatial layouts can give you a glimpse into what your space could become, and help you determine what you do and don’t want. Without a floor plan or room dimensions, it wouldn’t be possible to provide an accurate depiction of the possibilities for your space.
We can determine the best use of the space you have.
Knowing exactly what dimensions we have to work with means we can come up with several possibilities to make the best use of your space. From video wall orientation to console layouts, the dimensions and shape of your space inform a number of design decisions. With an accurate depiction of what we’re working with, we can give you a more precise representation of the optimal use of that space.
We can understand egress, entries, exits, and obstacles.
Your command center design needs to account for architectural details such as egress, entries, exits, and potential obstacles. With a floor plan, we can take all of these under consideration when creating a design for your space.
It informs locations for technology infrastructure.
When we have access to the details of your floor plan, our design engineers can make important decisions that affect your display technology, such as where to locate equipment racks. The dimensions of your room also informs decisions such as where to locate cable pull paths and distances the cables for your video wall will need to cover.
You can see what works and doesn’t work.
When you approach a project, you may have ideas about how many operators you hope to fit in the space or which room on your organization’s campus would best suit an operations center. With an accurate floor plan, we can determine how well the space does–or doesn’t– meet your goals, and explore how to work around what doesn’t work. For instance, you may hope to fit 6 operators in a space, but if the floor plan and layout design determines only 2 operators can ergonomically fit, it may be necessary to explore a different location for your operations center.
Floor plans help determine collaboration areas.
Many operations center designs include dedicated areas for collaboration. With the accurate dimensions from your floor plan, we can determine where a collaboration area works best within the space you have.
The floor plan for your operations center space is a key piece of the puzzle for coming up with the final design. Once we have the floor plan, our AIA and CTS-D certified design engineers can bring options to life and start coming up with next steps.
If you don’t have access to the floor plan for your site, we can still start the design process with general dimensions for the space and schedule a site visit to get an accurate depiction of the space.
Now that you know what the next steps look like, the first step should be simple: contact us today for a free design and budget consultation.
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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.