This is the Valdina – a thoughtful, clean design, for lobby, reception and patient rooms.
Patented steel-reinforced joint system and solid surface frames, easily cleaned with bleach,
make this collection a stand out. Kwalu, Redefining Clean Design.
by both LEED Platinum (v. 3) and WELL Platinum (v.1) certifications, our
post-occupancy research provided greater insight. Office metrics indicate
a 158-percent reduction in CO2 levels, a 50-percent reduction in loudness,
and a 63-percent improvement in brightness. ASID employees reported
a 110-percent increase in air quality satisfaction, a 92-percent increase in
acoustical quality satisfaction, and 25 percent of employees attributed ASID
HQ’s circadian lighting to enhanced sleep quality.
◗ Design impacts the experience: Office features like unassigned seating,
increased visual privacy, and overall design elements (lighting, acoustics,
color, texture, etc.) all had a positive effect on our
employees’ social environment and experience. It
was also noted that our office design plays a role
in facilitating communication among employees (a
42-percent increase from the previous office) and
in supporting the sharing and exchanging of ideas
(a 44-percent increase).
◗ Design helps achieve results: ASID HQ’s
innovative design has positively affected the
health and well-being of our employees while
boosting overall efficiency. Incorporating sit-stand
workstations, fitness center access, healthy
snacks, filtered water and air, common rooms,
and a wellness room have resulted in a 2-percent
improvement in physical health scores within a year
of occupying the 15th Street office. Also, ASID
employees feel they are working at 90 percent
of their possible job performance—a 16-percent
increase compared to the previous year.
◗ Design lives on: The agility of ASID HQ is
fundamental to our success. With adjustable
workstations, regularly alternating artwork,
modifiable spaces that can switch from a
conference room to an interactive hub, and a
wide availability of varying work environments,
ASID HQ’s flexibility allows for future growth and
continuing research in this living laboratory.
Our research also pointed out areas for improvement—a significant benefit of post-occupancy research.
This data has already started to improve ASID HQ.
We’ve taken note of employees’ needs for “recharge
spaces” and “heads-down spaces” that minimize any
disturbance or disruption and now have the ability to
correct errors we otherwise may not have known about.
As our living laboratory continues to evolve with the needs of employees, we
will continue to share the story of how design impacts our lives. Visit our website,
asid.org, to share stories and projects that have succeeded in applying research to
maximize human-centric design.
Susan Chung, Ph.D., focuses on the impact of design research. As senior research
associate at ASID, she connects design with research to improve human experiences
in the interior environment, translates research into applicable design implications, and
conducts research projects that create meaningful positive impacts.
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