As more and more Millennials enter the workforce, the idea of an open floorplan become more and more attractive. With thriving companies like Google and Facebook touting their open offices with utilitarian focused design, smaller companies across the country have started wondering if the open floor plan is a key to success.

Those in favor of the open concept claim the shortage of walls promotes honesty and teamwork. While dissenters aren’t ready to give up the comfort of a closed door and four walls. Toeing the line between the new and old school approach requires smart planning with your layout and materials used.

Wrangle the Noise

One problem open offices commonly face is noise control. When you group lots of people together the sound of phones, keyboards, and conversations can get out of hand if you’re not careful. In normal offices, walls can absorb, or at least dampen the roar of the office, but in open office concepts there’s no such luck. However, using the right kind of materials and insulation can turn down the volume and let everyone work unimpaired by noise.

Go Mobile

A huge benefit of open offices is it gives your employees the ability to roam the office and not be tied to their desk. Assuming employees have laptops, we can help you design and build multi-functional spaces with a variety of seating options employees can us to work and collaborate.

Mix It Up 

Even if the vast majority of your office is wall-less, keeping a few private offices is typically a good idea, and sometimes it’s even legally required. The HR department is one that will most likely need walls and a locked door for confidentiality reasons. If you’re opting for an open office, it’s best to include multiple conference rooms employees can use for private meetings and conversations.

Shed Some Light 

Proper lighting will be key to creating a productive office space. Natural light is great in almost every case, but some employees enjoy a dimmer environment. If natural light isn’t an option, a well thought-out lighting design will be needed.

If you’re considering remodeling your office to accommodate an open floorplan, call Cowen Construction. We’ve been building offices, open and closed, for more than 100 years. We can help you create a space that is conducive to your specific needs.