Interiors management: a guide for facility managers by Maggie Smith

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CAD Applications CAFM Applications 60% use it for facility design 73% use it to track inventory 47% use it for furniture layout 73% use it to track tasks 36% use it for building systems layout 33% use it for cost analysis 7% use it for space planning 13% use it to manage maintenance programs 3% use it for all architectural services 13% use it for space management 3% use it for system configuration 6% use it for scheduling 3% use it for drafting 6% use it for asset management 6% use it for unit placement 6% use it for HVAC planning/tracking Page 13 Sources Brenner, Pam and Paul Cornell, "Improving Worker Output," IFMA Conference Proceedings, Denver, CO, 1993.

Page 5 Identifying Opportunities For Innovation When it comes to interiors, several trends are helping to shape the opinions and inclinations of the facilities professional. Among them are new ways to integrate computers and on-line databases; a more concentrated focus on worker needs like health and safety; flexible products that can be used for multiple functions; a movement towards working at home; legislative mandates and greater emphasis on communication, not power structure. Each of these factors should be considered during the space-planning and design process.

Padded cubicle partitions provide privacy and effective sound integrity. Page 8 The open plan provides efficient air circulation, ventilation and energy use. Natural light and heat are used abundantly to sustain worker comfort. While a business in another industry, or located elsewhere, or with a different management style might design a totally different office, this example illustrates the results of mindful planning. Every decision took into account the human factors; every component contributed to the ultimate design (see Figure 1-4).

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