Finally, the plan for your office building has been finalised! A big moment for the client often means a lot of problems for the office furnisher and designer. They usually only become involved a few months before construction starts, after the building floor plans have been finalised. Questions such as how the rooms should be used and how many workstations are needed in each of the rooms are usually given the most prior consideration. The fact that modern offices require special floor plans that allow for a larger room depth is often disregarded. The necessary discussions and communication are often not given high priority — as they really should be nowadays — in the planning of many buildings, for example for so-called middle zones in open plan offices.
'The office furnisher has to work with the floor plans provided and also manage fulfil all legal requirements', explains Günther Osterhaus, Head of Planning and Project Management at ASSMANN Office Furniture, who can speak from his own experience. 'It's a shame, because frequently it would have been possible for us to suggest better solutions for creating optimal working conditions for employees — a company’s most important asset'.