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Space planning assistance has become an integral part of every organization’s needs today.  How to best accommodate staff’s space needs, furnishings, fixtures, data and communication devices and equipment as economically and efficiently as possible is common to every organization – small or large.  Through dialog with clients, reviewing job descriptions and tasks personnel perform, RAFI translates functional roles to staff needs.  From a functional perspective, where staff is located is the product of whom they work with and any needs they have for close access to others - or to task related equipment. 

Just as important, anticipated needs for future growth in staffing and where additional staff is to be situated can be can be predetermined as part of the space planning process - and incorporated within existing space when needs arise.  Additionally, the space planning process offers clients the ability to:

  • Plan strategically for short-term and long-term staffing goals

  • Organize staffing requirements and departmental needs upon functional work flow processes

  • Plan for space needs using net/gross facility ratios

  • Plan space requirements based on staff’s task requirements

  • Plan for common work and general storage areas, file storage, data rooms, break rooms and meeting, conference and media rooms, mechanical rooms, electrical equipment rooms and data, communication and emergency management center

  • Plan accordingly for open-office and traditional furnishings, office equipment, mailroom equipment, copy and mass printing machines, and security

RAFI’s interior design: furnishings, fixtures, finishes, signage and graphics are recognized for how well they integrate and supplement the overall architectural design of a project.  The interior design team working through Fielden and Partners focuses on incorporating design elements from the outside into lobbies, interior corridors, auxiliary rooms and enclosed working spaces.  Clients inform us that past interiors in excess of 20 years of age are still holding up well, and are still relevant - recognizing that wall surfaces and carpeting in heavy traffic areas must be repaired and replaced after 15 years.  In low traffic areas original wall finishes and carpeting appear to be functioning adequately.  Good interior design for clients results in:

  • Reduced wear and tear, janitorial and maintenance expenses

  • Interior environments that stimulate pleasure, productivity, employee satisfaction and fewer absences

  • Stronger corporate identity, imagery and visual communications

  • Tailored and timeless design that possesses greatly extended useful lives

  • State-of-the-art high-tech media and presentation centers capable of serving multiple language users

  • Eliminating VOC’s, allergenic’s and air-borne illnesses

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