Transferring from "We" Design to "Me" Design
November 6, 2020 - VISTA, CA - November 15, 2020, is America Recycles Day.
This year expect more offices recycling furniture and fixtures than ever before.
This is because offices are "moving from a 'we' design to a 'me' design," according to Klaus Reichardt, CEO, and Founder of Waterless Co., Inc.
The "we" design has been the trend for some time and referred to as the "open office" or "open space" office. This is where many people work together in the same area, often at long tables.
"While the goal of we design was to promote teamwork and collaboration, it simply will not work in a post-COVID era, where social distancing will be paramount."
It will be replaced by "me" design. This will involve the reintroduction of individual workspaces, even if just separated by partitions.
As this evolves, according to Reichardt, the office furnishings most likely to be recycled are the following:
- The long worktables mentioned earlier.
- Cafeteria tables and chairs. "We may not see cafeterias [open] for a while."
- Small conference rooms with tables and chairs. "It's hard to social distance in these small rooms."
- Sofa-style couches. "Modular or multi-section couches can be separated, allowing for social distancing."
- Toilets and urinals.
According to Reichardt, office restrooms will be redesigned in the coming years, with the installation of new toilets, and urinals.
As to why new toilets and urinals, Reichardt says it comes down to two issues:
Health. Due to the pandemic and health concerns, building managers want to start fresh, with brand new toilets and urinals.
Water Savings. To cut water and sewer costs and reduce water consumption, new toilets will be installed because they use water more efficiently. No-water urinals will also be selected because they use no water at all.
"Further, expect full-length partitions around fixtures; separate restroom entry and exit doors; and sinks moved to center islands to facilitate 'ingress and egress' in the restroom."
Waterless Co. Inc. has established a well-respected reputation as being an innovative manufacturer of no-water urinal systems. Based in Vista, Ca, the company was started in 1991 and is the oldest manufacturer of waterless urinals in North America. The company’ manufacturers a full line of Waterless No-Flush urinals, cleaning liquids, and cost saving restroom accessories. For more info, email us at email@example.com or visit: www.waterless.com
Waterless Co. Inc.
1050 Joshua Way
Vista, CA 92081 USA