The widespread adoption of open plan environments spurred a resounding outcry for privacy. Demountable walls enable organizations to restore privacy to the open office and support both focused and collaborative work.
Steelcase’s portfolio of movable wall systems offer a range of options to create flexible and affordable enclosed settings within your floor plan. When you are investing in demountable walls, it is important to understand the many options available, as well as how to budget properly during the early planning stages of your project.
In this guide, you will learn how to choose a wall system based on soundproofing, aesthetics and technology integration. Compare renderings of common enclosed spaces based on levels of product specification to make the right choice for your space
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When exploring demountable wall solutions, the options can be overwhelming. There are so many factors that play into which wall will work best for your business, from how they look to how they are constructed to how much privacy they create. The chart on the next page is designed to help you evaluate demountable wall systems and choose the right option for your needs.
If you plan on reconfiguring once a year, a unitized system is going to suit you best, as these are the easiest to detach and move. If you plan on reconfiguring once every few years, you can look at both unitized and modular systems. With either type of wall, you eliminate the mess, dust, and disruption of drywall demolition and construction.
If you work in a highly confidential environment, you should aim for higher STC ratings that can be created with double glazed glass or solid panels. If visibility to shared content is also a concern, you may want to add film to the glass, or decorative cloaking film that hides only screen content. For spaces where you want privacy but are not as concerned about confidentiality, you can look at systems with lower STC ratings, including single glazed systems.
3. VERTICAL FRAMING PREFERENCE
Do you want a very open and transparent aesthetic with walls that appear seamless? Or a more substantial, built-in look? Glass fronts only? A combination of solid panels and glass to provide some privacy? There are a range of options to suit any aesthetic. When it comes to the surface of the solid walls, you can choose among steel, fabric, wood, markerboard, and more exotic materials.
4. TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION
Think about the kind of technology you want to integrate within your enclosed environments. Do you want mostly flat screens for displaying content? Conferencing technology to connect local and remote teams? LED lighting to optimize the appearance of participants in video calls? Wall systems have different capabilities in terms of integrating technology, so it’s important to know what your expectations and needs are in this critical area. Another important consideration is whether you need wall cavity access to be able to service the technology.
The sleeker and more sophisticated the solution, the more it generally costs, so it’s about finding a system to meet your specific needs at your desired price point. Keep in mind that although demountable walls cost more up front, they provide a greater return on investment. We can conduct a detailed ROI analysis and show you exactly how much you will save over a number of years.
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