The mountable wall industry has long been counted-down with expensive and inflexible floor to ceiling partitions. Too often expensive, inflexible mountable glass partitions that simply and deceivingly take on the name “mountable”, but in reality, merely serve as a pretentious alternate to stick built glass fronts. Likewise, these mountable glass front partitions are surrounded with a confusing and inflexible strategy of conventionally constructed glass fronts, simply venturing to offer flexibility.
Today, a new and innovative wall approach that delivers a “field fit” or “field adaptable” approach that can help facility manager’s strategically manage space like never before. Mountable office partitions have an opportunity to not only deliver but to redefine “flexibility” that was once only marketed as a flexible solution to fixed construction. Today’s work spaces, demand responsiveness to changing technology and an improved utility of the space.
The office space personality has received mixed messages and a change of needs; from privacy to collaboration, eccentricity to professionalism, low tech to high tech, all while being conscious of the environment.The drivers of the office of tomorrow and the mountable office partitions or walls are very clear;make it simple, make it real, make it affordable. These 3 drivers will allow companies to support the responsible green initiative with a mountable wall solution that supports their bottom line.
A bottom line is not improved with huge first cost, or expensive life cycle costs accommodating the change of needs. Sustainable building or product design is not achieved when all materials produced come out of plants with a huge carbon footprint hundreds or thousands of miles from the installation site. Flexibility can be achieved by arrange the space of the office wisely not by rebuild or reconstruct it.
In the end it’s all about “real” flexibility. This includes: simplicity, affordability and aesthetics with a strong consideration and/or bias for the environment. Manufacturers must not be singularly focused on selling product… but rather selling a solution for the strategic facilities management that supports an ever-changing personality and culture of the work space.