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Keep it Clean with Commercial Maintenance

Scott Bartlett

BY Scott Bartlett /

A bustling office, education, or even healthcare administrative space can become messy quickly. Because everyone is so busy these days, these messes may not get cleaned up right away or they're simply forgotten about. Even if you have a great janitorial staff, they likely don't have the time to deep clean all the nooks and crannies or even the floors on a consistent basis. The good thing is an easy solution that allows you and your team to focus on your work rather than constantly cleaning.

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Topics: Flooring, Furniture

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

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

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

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

Meet Framery: Removing the Happiness Obstacle in Open Offices

Rachel Iannarino

BY Rachel Iannarino /

In our line of work, we hear all of the arguments for and against the open office plan. That's why we don't push for open offices. Instead, we tell our customers to provide choice and flexibility. This means listening to your employees and providing settings and spaces that are right for them. Every office is different, and should be designed based on how we as individuals work. That said, providing choice and flexibility can - and most likely will - result in a mixture of private and open settings.  But, how do you truly make your employees feel happy about their environment? And, what is their biggest complaint?

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Topics: Furniture, Associate Experience

Good, Better, and Best Workplace Scenarios

Continental Office

BY Continental Office /

The cost of real estate is rising substantially. Unsurprisingly, offices have become smaller and smaller. Workspaces need to be more efficient than ever before to make the best use of every square foot available. When it comes to outfitting your real estate with all the things it needs to become a great space, from furniture to flooring to technology, there are generally three tiers of workplace scenarios you have to choose from. These are your good, better, and best solutions.

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Topics: Furniture, Real Estate

8 Chairs You Need to Know

Continental Office

BY Continental Office /

Herman Miller's high-performance work chairs empower the body, so people stay comfortable as they work. Natural balanced movement, total spinal support, and a dynamic fit combine to give each chair the DNA it needs to perform. Learn more about these eight chairs you need to know!

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Topics: Furniture, Seating

Hidden Creek Landscaping: A Case Study

Continental Office

BY Continental Office /

This 20-year-old entrepreneurial company had outgrown their space. When planning their move into a new facility, they knew they wanted it to be a state-of-the-art place that reflected who they are and what they do for their clients. They needed space for creative work to happen, with an open design that allowed for both privacy and collaboration. Additionally, they wanted to plan for anticipated growth in the years to come.

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Topics: Furniture, Space Planning and Design

What is Ergonomics All About?

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BY Continental Office /

Ergonomics means “fitting the job to the worker.” It’s the science and practice of designing jobs and workplaces to closely match the capabilities and limitations of the human body. Ergonomics helps to decrease muscle fatigue and discomfort, increase quality of work and life, and, perhaps most importantly, reduce the number and severity of injuries.

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Topics: Furniture, Workplace Wellness

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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
Rachel Iannarino

Rachel Iannarino

VP, MARKETING
Scott Bartlett

SCOTT BARTLETT

VP, FLOOR MAINTENANCE GROUP
Sue Zazon

SUE ZAZON

REGIONAL PRESIDENT, HUNTINGTON BANK