When retrofitting or designing a new business premises, it’s essential to not only apply universally necessary changes, but integrate functional utilities unique to your firm. It can be tough to balance these, because of course, all buildings are restrained by spacial and engineering limits.
That said, we can prioritize which new implements to consider, and ensure we’re using the right services to help us achieve our goal. A commercial architect, for instance, can help us establish the best manner by which to divide the space, including consulting with engineering firms that can help us with specific ventilation needs, to use an example. This is why inner-city restaurant kitchens can operate underground and still retain their fire safety compliance, to represent another case study.
In this post, we’ll discuss the three priorities to hold when curating a new business premises, ensuring that the foundational elements can be applied first and your particular idiosyncrasies can conform to that, or be aided by that in the best manner possible. Without further ado, let’s get started:
Ventilation & Commercial HVAC
The last year has certainly shown us the benefits of good ventilation in a building, but that among commercial HVAC installation can be truly well measured provided we prioritize that as appropriate. Then, it might be that even specialist designs, such as opening a paint studio in a creative building, can better accommodate the filtration techniques that may be required in that way. This can certainly help you employ a more confident, coherent planning stage rather than trying to retrofit everything after your designs have been integrated.
Of course, it’s important for people to be able to find their way around a building. Without that, often, they won’t find their way at all. Great signposting that makes sense should be one of your priorities when curating a building, be that in the form of actual signposting, painted wall lines, or simple maps that you print out and host in large event halls or campuses. Ideally, a mix of all three of those will be in effect, ensuring that no matter where someone is, they can identify where they are, where they’re going, and most importantly, how to evacuate in the event of a fire.
As mentioned above, fire safety is an absolutely essential and non-negotiable consideration that should be implemented immediately. This involves easy disabled access from floor to floor in the event of a fire, correct sprinkler placement, ensuring that evacuation exits are placed properly around the building, and ensuring that fire alarms and other reporting measures are implemented around the building to make sure they are easily reachable no matter the room. Fire doors, protective glass, and ensuring that certain areas of the premises outside can allow for the easy assistance of evacuation equipment and fire trucks is worthwhile (such as making sure you keep a clean and accessible exterior in thise case).
With this advice, you will have curated a safe, comfortable, totally protective, and navigable business premises as standard, no matter what additional utilities you consider important.
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