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How Financing Can Help You Build a Better Office

Bill Busteed

BY Bill Busteed /

Designing a new or remodeled office can be kind of a rollercoaster. First, there’s that long, stuttering climb toward a firm decision to take action. Then suddenly you’re on top in the sunlight, surveying the glowing possibilities spread before you like candles on a birthday cake.

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Topics: Furniture, Space Planning and Design

Are polished concrete floors what you've been dreaming of?

Dustin Francis

BY Dustin Francis /

 Do you dream of floors? Beautiful, low-maintenance floors that people will oohhh and ahhh over? Okay, maybe not, but whether we realize it or not, floors are a big part of our everyday life. In fact, chances are your feet are on one right now or will soon be! So why are we seeing more and more polished concrete floors in the flooring industry whether it's commercial, residential or even industrial? 

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Topics: Concrete Finishes

Bringing Nature Inside Makes Employees Happy & Saves Money

Rick van Duin

BY Rick van Duin /

Nature; we can see it, touch it, smell it and hear it. We are surrounded by it everywhere we go. Yet, we often don’t see it being a necessity within our work environment. Most commonly, a planting strategy is simply not incorporated within the design budget from the early project stages on. However, this paradigm is shifting because the impact of planting is significant. A large contribution to this is the increase of overall well-being of employees and the reduction of absenteeism in the workplace, which, conservatively speaking, often reaches more than 30% (1) after the introduction of planting according to research.

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Topics: Space Planning and Design, Associate Experience

Why You Should Partner With a Furniture Dealer Before the Walls Go Up

Continental Office

BY Continental Office /

Do you have a blank canvas of an office that needs furnished? Are you starting to consider when and what furniture to purchase? Is budget a determining factor that will affect your overall design and space planning? If you answer "yes" to any of these, you're certainly not alone. We meet with local businesses just like you every day. What we've learned over the past 80 years is creating a truly great space that will provide an exceptional associate experience is critical.  Selecting the right furniture plays a big role in that overall experience.

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Topics: Furniture, Living Office, Associate Experience

It's All About the Client Experience

Kim Bodrick

BY Kim Bodrick /

Experiences have become the focal point for many organizations. Over the past 35 years at Continental, I've watched first-hand as the client experience has evolved. 35 years ago it was a big deal to have an actual showroom with a wide selection of productions on display. Clients could literally walk in and shop, often leaving with something tangible in hand that same day. Having a showroom is really a thing of the past for us now, at least in the traditional sense. Gone are the days of those large presentation boards too!

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Topics: Living Office, Creativity

Is Commercial Furniture Right for Me?

Continental Office

BY Continental Office /

One of the most common questions we get from new clients is, "What is commercial or contract furniture anyway?" In simple terms, it's furniture not intended for residential use. The official definition is: Commercial furniture is manufactured to meet established industry standards. It is subject to stringent testing and a certification process. It is then sold exclusively by local dealerships.

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Topics: Furniture, Space Planning and Design

In a Changing Workplace, Community Can Make All of the Difference

Kenny McDonald

BY Kenny McDonald /

In today's economy, the world continues to shrink and the need for talent continues to expand. Companies are seeking every possible advantage to attract and retain talent in order to fuel growth and continue to innovate. The location of a company and the community in which employees live are often taken for granted and not fully leveraged.

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Topics: Space Planning and Design, Associate Experience

Maximizing Holiday Cheer While Engaging Your Associates

Rachel Iannarino

BY Rachel Iannarino /

The holiday season is here! It's time for eggnog, our favorite holiday movies, and holiday traditions! Goodwill and cheer is all around. Grandma's going to have an unfortunate run in with a reindeer, Ralphie may shoot his eye out, and the Griswald light show is in full swing! It also means your associates are beginning to reflect on the year and consider their overall job satisfaction. So what do today's workers love most about holidays in the office? Randstad USA  did a study that provides us with some tips about how we can continue to create great associate experiences and Forbes Human Resource Council give us some ideas to keep our teams engaged during this time of the year. We'll also share what we, at Continental, do to keep the holiday spirit going for our team.

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Topics: Associate Experience, Creativity

Branding Deconstructed

Matt Freedman

BY Matt Freedman /

Every company has a brand. But the term "branding" can have various meanings depending on the context and setting. When an agency or company offers "branding", it may only be referring to certain aspects of branding. That's why selecting a branding firm can be complicated. 

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Topics: Branding, Experiential Design

Timeless Designs: A Designers Discussion

Continental Office

BY Continental Office /

We love classic design, but creating great spaces that stand the test of time isn't easy.  It comes down to understanding the different between a fad and a trend. Fads come and go like fashions, and soon become obsolete only lasting between one to five years. Trends, on the other hand, are more cyclical or they tend to simply not leave. Trends are timeless. Mid-century modern furniture just might be the best example of design that has consistently stood the test of time.  

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Topics: Furniture, Space Planning and Design

Great Spaces Magazine - Fall/Winter 2018

FEATURED AUTHORS

Kenny McDonald

KENNY MCDONALD

PRESIDENT & CEO, COLUMBUS 2020
Amber Konkoli

AMBER KONKOLI

CREATIVE DESIGN DIRECTOR
Dustin Francis

DUSTIN FRANCIS

DIRECTOR, CONCRETE FINISHES
Marty Davis

MARTY DAVIS

GRAPHIC DESIGN DIRECTOR
Michael Sharp

MICHAEL SHARP

VP, SALES
Nannette Maciejunes

NANNETTE MACIEJUNES

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, COLUMBUS MUSEUM OF ART
Pam Blair

PAM BLAIR

EVP, HUMAN RESOURCES
Rich Oliver

RICH OLIVER

SVP, SALES
Scott Bartlett

SCOTT BARTLETT

VP, FLOOR MAINTENANCE GROUP
Sue Zazon

SUE ZAZON

REGIONAL PRESIDENT, HUNTINGTON BANK