Product Feature: AllSteel's "Beyond" Moveable Walls

The simple, efficient functionality of Beyond walls offers built-in flexibility that responds to the constant rhythm of business change. With a large selection of aesthetic choices, you can move beyond permanent drywall solutions and rigid space planning to create flexible workspaces that are ready to reconfigure and walls that are easy to relocate for whatever change the future brings.

3 Style Options:

  • Frameless
  • Framed 
  • Solid
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Beyond Design Story

Beyond walls were designed to provide unlimited possibilities for creating spaces that are functional, flexible, and beautiful. Beyond moveable walls create a new vocabulary for change that puts you in control. And goes beyond simply moving walls

Inspirational office design: A way to retain millennials

by Laura Fries via Linked In

The pay-off will come with the ability to attract and retain top-notch talent. When your… more GETTY IMAGES (XAVIERARNAU)

The pay-off will come with the ability to attract and retain top-notch talent. When your… more

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I was recently introduced to the idea of leveraging workplace design as a tool for retaining and recruiting millennial employees when my firm, Baker Tilly, remodeled our offices. Prior to the remodel, employees were surveyed on issues such as privacy, flexibility within a work station, need for social interaction and variety of work spaces. Synthesizing this information — from more than 200 employees — into viable recommendations would be a big job.

You may be asking yourself if it really makes sense to invest in an office renovation to attract and retain millennials. My answer to that is a resounding “yes!”

A recent survey by Steelcase, an office furniture manufacturer, found nearly 90 percent of workers are less than satisfied with their work environment. With the cost of replacing a millennial employee ranging between $15,000 to $20,000, according to Millennial Branding, and with more than one-in-three American workers being a Millennial, reevaluating your current office layout and amenities may provide real benefits.

Office Interiors to participate in Mayor’s ‘Just One Youth' program

City of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and the Memphis Office of Youth Services has asked the community to help provide jobs for youth this summer and Office Interiors is answering the call!

The new program, called JOY or ‘Just one Youth’ asks churches and businesses in the City of Memphis to commit, employ and compensate one child of their choice this summer for six weeks starting June 5th through July 17th. 

We will be giving real-life business experience to at least one youth in our community for the summer. We are excited to mentor a young person in this way and support this meaningful initiative. 

We hosted a representative from the Mayors Office of Youth Services on a recent appearance on Local Memphis Live.

We hosted a representative from the Mayors Office of Youth Services on a recent appearance on Local Memphis Live.

The Benefits of Living Green Walls

The Benefits of Living Green Walls

Living green walls are a surefire way to enhance a building’s visuals, improve air quality as well as employee alertness and energy levels. Over the past half century, a notable increase of urban-living seekers has led to a considerable uptick in air pollution and loss of green spaces. Living green walls (also commonly referred to as vertical gardens or living walls) are a wonderful solution for any property interested in improving their space with intrinsic benefits of nature.

Living green walls infuse the dull expanse of interiors with life-renewing greenery. They offer an inspirational and aesthetically intriguing natural boost to employee morale. Whether they are installed on the exterior or interior of a building, the structures of living, breathing plant life create the “wow factor” so many interior designers seek while championing sustainability.

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Office Interiors and AllSteel Host Designers and Brand Developers

Together with AllSteel, we were honored to host Memphis' brightest and best Designers and Brand Developers in Memphis for a rooftop cocktail party at the historic Madison Hotel. Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres as they met the new AllSteel rep for the Memphis Market, Amy Harter. Guests also visited with industry colleagues and got reacquainted with the Office Interiors team.

"We are excited to continue and grow our partnership with these firms," said Ryan Heimke, partner/president of Office Interiors. "As the pros in their field, they understand that an office space is an extension of their clients' brand and a reflection of the work they do. We share a mission to create an aesthetically appealing space that is both functional and on brand standard."

Special thanks to colleagues from UrbanArch, The Crump Firm, Methodist Healthcare, University of Memphis, Looney Ricks Kiss, Dream Catcher Hotels, Simple Focus and Farmhouse Marketing for attending the event.

We can't wait until the next one!

 

Meet Our Clients: Expeditors

GLOBAL LOGISTICS SERVICES

Expeditors is a global logistics company headquartered in Seattle, Washington. As a Fortune 500 (390) company, we employ over 16,000 trained professionals in a worldwide network of over 250 locations across six continents. Expeditors satisfy the increasingly sophisticated needs of international trade through customized solutions and seamless, integrated information systems. Our services include air and ocean freight consolidation and forwarding, vendor consolidation, customs clearance, cargo insurance, distribution and other value-added logistics services.

At Expeditors, we pride ourselves on being a solutions-based organization and take the time to understand each customer's individual business needs. As a non-asset based organization, we have considerable flexibility when managing customers' supply chains. Due to our relationships with local suppliers and global air and ocean partners, we can provide customers with the best routing and pricing options. Our comprehensive, flexible spectrum of services is supported by leading-edge information technology that provides a high level of visibility from end to end.

To maintain consistent quality and customer service across the globe, Expeditors has regional headquarters located in London, Dubai, Shanghai, and Singapore.

At Expeditors, our industry professionals, award winning processes, and globally unified systems ensure that we always live up to our promise, "You'd be surprised how far we'll go for you."

 

Product Spotlight: Monitor Arms

With more people working off flat-panel monitors than ever before, a flexible, strong and adjustable monitor arm is an essential tool in the modern office. Here are a few of our best-sellers.


AllSteel's ZW8 Series Monitor Arm

The ZW8 Series monitor arms from AllSteel provide versatile adjustability with a refined design. This monitor arm offers a slim profile when in the folded position, making it ideal for workstations with a shallow worksurface depth. ZW8 monitor arms offer multiple points of adjustment, including 360° swivel at two points with a gas spring technology that provides smooth and effortless movement. With the flexibility to customize the depth, height, tilt, and lateral placement of the monitor, individuals can ease neck, eye, and shoulder strain for optimum comfort and improved ergonomics.

This series also includes single- and dual-monitor configurations, heavy-duty monitor arms for heavy monitor support, adjustable laptop tray for space efficiency, and a tool tile and rail mount.

 

HumanScale's M2 Monitor Arm

Humanscale’s range of robust monitor arms offers ultimate stability, sleek design and effortless functionality. They instantly create a more dynamic and comfortable workstation. 

The M2 embodies what a monitor arm should be, allowing the user to work in a healthy posture by setting the monitor at an optimal distance and height. Collaboration is made easier through effortless screen sharing, and desk space is increased. The M2’s seamless cable management and minimal design enhances the look of any workstation.

This is a sample selection of the monitor arms that are available through Office Interiors. Please contact us for a complete listing and recommendation for your specific needs.

Collaborative Space or Private Offices?

Q. Should we design a collaborative space or private offices?

A. Both. Let us tell you why

via AllSteel

Whether it’s brainstorming an idea or developing a plan for a new product launch, the average knowledge worker spends roughly half of his or her time working with others. Data collected by Harvard Business Review over the last two decades indicates that collaboration time for managers and employees has expanded by upwards of 50%. The challenge for organizations is to provide environments that provide the team space, technology, and work protocols their employees need to collaborate – without losing site of the still-very-relevant requirement for spaces that support deep focus. 

This white paper from AllSteel reinforces the logic behind why it’s important to create collaborative spaces, as well as spaces that allow for focus and concentration. It also includes a “checklist” of considerations when planning, provisioning, and using non-workstation/non-office spaces.

Conversation With…Ryan Heimke of Office Interiors

via Memphis Business Journal

Ryan Heimke worked in various corporate medical sales and management roles throughout his professional career. He owns several small businesses in Memphis, and in August 2016, Heimke joined Office Interiors as a partner and serves as president of the company.

First job: I worked as a corporate recruiter in Arizona after graduation from the University of Kentucky. It was a fantastic experience because it taught me how to “dial for dollars.”

Education: B.S., Business/Corporate Communications, University of Kentucky

Business philosophy: The best team wins. As a leader, it’s critical to support, encourage and prioritize your staff’s needs before your own in order to foster a loyal and unbeatable team.

Best way to keep competitive edge: We place the highest value on customer service. We recognize that while we certainly have growth goals, providing personalized service to our current customers helps us keep our competitive advantage and build loyalty.

Ryan Heimke, Partner and president, Office Interiors  HUNTER SAMPLE

Ryan Heimke, Partner and president, Office Interiors 

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Meet our clients: EdR

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A national leader in collegiate housing since 1964, EdR has built a reputation for creative thinking, innovative financing and design, quality construction, sustainable building techniques and successful management programs for others’ properties as well as their own. EdR serves universities and third-party owners through its primary service lines: Development and Financing Construction Oversight Management and Residence Life Whether on- or off-campus, the EdR team has done it all.

  • On-campus developments and renovations
  • On-campus total housing replacement/revitalization projects
  • Off-campus acquisitions
  • Off-campus developments
  • Third-party development projects
  • Joint-venture partnerships and projects
  • Living-Learning communities
  • Mixed-use retail components

DEVELOPMENT SERVICES

EdR’s portfolio features a variety of communities at our nation’s top universities. Each community — whether on-campus or off-campus — was designed to uniquely fit the personality, setting and needs of each university and its intended residents.

ON-CAMPUS PARTNERSHIPS

With nearly 50 years’ experience in collegiate housing, EdR is committed to a partnership with its university clients. Their experienced team works in close collaboration with you to align our goals in every aspect of the project. They give you their financial, construction, design and management expertise to help ensure that your collegiate housing vision is realized and successful.

OFF-CAMPUS PARTNERSHIPS

EdR has had successful partnerships with other developers to create or finance projects across the United States. They have entered into joint venture agreements to provide financing and construction oversight assistance.

FINANCING

As an experienced public company with a successful track record, they have the capacity to finance on-campus or off-campus developments, and acquisitions with its own equity or via loans with lending institutions. They primarily provide financing through three different packages — EdR’s On Campus Equity Plan or ONE PlanSM, The ONE Plan PLUSSM or traditional tax-exempt bond financing. They are also known to be innovative with mezzanine loans, for example, and have received awards for their creative financing efforts and packages.

ACQUISITIONS

EdR is a consistent and frequent buyer of purpose-built collegiate housing communities. They offer the seller fast and reliable offers and payment, timely follow-through and execution, and focused transaction management.

CONSTRUCTION OVERSIGHT

From a 22-story upscale, urban apartment building at Johns Hopkins Medical Institute to a community of individual cottages just off the University of Mississippi campus, or a freshmen-dedicated living-learning center in California or graduate student/faculty apartments with mixed-use retail at the University of Connecticut, the EdR team has what it takes to get the job done. Interior Design is a new addition to its Construction Oversight team. Focused on student housing, they research opportunities based on trends, market innovations and long-term financial viability.

INTERIOR DESIGN

EdR offers a full-service interior design team, no matter the project size. They’ve designed projects both on-campus and off-campus and each are unique to each university’s requirements and personalities. With a focus specifically based on student housing, they research the latest trends, market innovations and long-term financial viability.

SUSTAINABILITY

EdR is committed to staying at the forefront of the effort to protect the environment, serving their collegiate partners and saving energy dollars through efficient building products, methods and systems. EdR views green design and building as both a responsibility and an opportunity. Our experience has shown that, when properly designed and executed, sustainable practices and features make long‐term economic sense for all stakeholders.

View Our Work: Pimentos

We were thrilled to work with Deb Ross (RossWitt Architecture and Interior Design) and the Pimentos team on their brand new location in Memphis. Deb's amazing vision and talent made working together so easy. We partnered with Deb on the restaurant's unique table and chairs, which work perfectly with her design. Go check them out and try some of their jalapeño pimento cheese!

​3 workplace trends you shouldn’t ignore

​3 workplace trends you shouldn’t ignore

Dean encourages employers to not settle for a traditional office space. Redesign the layout so employees have a variety of spaces to get different types of work done, including areas where people can meet and collaborate. Or, if you’re interested in giving up your traditional office entirely, consider daily/hourly office space rentals, or allowing your people to work remotely from a place of their choosing, like a home office.

In addition to how the office looks and feels, it’s important to consider how it operates. Gone are the days of the typical nine-to-five work schedule. People now demand flexibility in the workplace, whether it’s to accommodate doctor appointments, attend a child’s sporting event, or tend to personal priorities. It’s critical for organizations to offer flexible options to attract and retain top talent.

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Meet OFS Brands Qove (cove)

Intuitive to understand, specify and use, Qove Lounge creates a plethora of planning options with 4 basic models. Standard features like integrated power, tablet arm, and a privacy screen make specification simple. Material options to express individuality include veneer or fabric back options, non-woven PET or acrylic privacy screens. Highly adaptable and versatile, Qove can be configured to support individual work, touchdown and collaborative spaces, along with conference environments.  

Millennials In The Workplace: Here Are 5 Office Space Trends They’ve Inspired

It’s hard for millennials to not have an impact on everything they touch—they account for over one quarter of the American population and are the largest generation in the workforce. Their fingertips are all over the modern office.

From flexible office space services like PivotDesk and WeWork to ping-pong tables and collaborative spaces, here are five workplace trends inspired by millennials.

Office ergonomics: Your how-to guide

via Mayo Clinic

A comfortable work space can help you feel your best. Give your sitting work area a makeover with this visual guide to office ergonomics.

If you sit behind a desk for hours at a time, you're not doomed to a career of neck and back pain or sore wrists and fingers. Proper office ergonomics — including correct chair height, adequate equipment spacing and good desk posture — can help you and your joints stay comfortable at work.

Ready to give your work space a makeover? Get started making your sitting workstation comfortable with this visual guide to sitting workstation ergonomics.