Space Planning – What is it and Why is it Important?


As architects and planners, our job is to create and transform spaces to tell our client’s story and promote their vision with innovative design solutions. Each client and their needs differ. The space created should symbolize the heart of the organization and afford the inhabitants both comfort and convenience.

What is Space Planning?

Generally people assume that a space has interior designers selecting furniture and finishes, but not everyone knows an outstanding space was carefully mapped out through space planning – an essential step in the interior design process. Space planning organizes the space, furniture and functions to work together and most effectively accommodate the needs of the employees and visitors.

When creative planning techniques are used in organizing a space, studies show employee engagement, client retention and innovation are boosted.

What should be Considered When Planning Your Space?

First, what are the goals of the organization – employee engagement? employee health?  inviting collaborative spaces? Space planning can represent and support these long-term goals with a suitably designed interior environment.

Next, think about how time will be spent in the building. Depending on the industry and type of business, employees might sit at their desk all day, they might collaborate and work in large groups or perhaps have a work style that falls somewhere in between. Most office environments will need to accommodate these possibilities in one way or another.

Finally, there should be a focus on designing a space that is ergonomically friendly for employees. Carefully selected furniture allows employees to both sit and stand in their workstation. Certain opportunities for activity can stimulate productivity and health. For example, eliminating waste cans at each station and offering one central trash/recycle station will get employees up and walking, if even for short period of time.

Why Does Space Planning Matter?

The bottom line is, thoughtful space planning techniques are used by businesses looking to become more efficient and increase productivity. More efficiency in a space leads to higher productivity and greater employee satisfaction. Employee satisfaction can lead to better, more innovative work which benefits an organization as a whole.

For more information about how space planning and interior design can benefit your organization, call Lisa Schroeder at 316.262.4700 or email lschroeder@wdmarchitects.com.





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