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Designing Educational Spaces For Connection

Designing Educational Spaces For Connection

The pandemic has not only changed how K-12 and higher education buildings and spaces are designed and is also drawing great attention to the fact that students thrive when they’re able to socialize and connect with others. Collaboration and social interaction have become crucial pillars in this new environment and will continue to be as the pandemic wanes.

It’s no surprise that more and more educational institutions are focusing on spaces that can support such needs. Examples of connection space needs include:

  • More communal spaces for students to connect in person
  • Providing easily cleanable surfaces and materials that can stand up to heavy duty cleaning
  • Dedicated media and wellness spaces and accessible and inviting outdoor spaces
  • Flexible multi-use floor plans and furniture layouts that support various activities and gatherings

A recent article from Haworth® (see link below) further discusses the need for students to feel like they belong. As teenagers enter adulthood, it’s important for them to feel valued and included which further increases their performance in school. As a result, collaborative spaces are being designed for connection, collaboration, and flexibility.

The Bellia team, has over 50 years of combined experience in working with k-12 and higher education facilities on a number of collaborative and open plan design projects. For educational institutions at every level, the goal is to encourage collaboration and connection in its student body, through a customized furniture solution, while providing every single individual a sense of belonging.

Are Your Ready To Design Your Connection Based Educational Space?

With our extensive experience, the Bellia team can design the perfect educational space for connection in your facility – whether starting from scratch or simply updating your existing facility’s open spaces, we’ll be with you every step of the way. Reach out to us today to request a space evaluation and get started creating new and inviting spaces for your students!


The Office of the Future – Top 5 Design Themes

The Office of the Future

A few years following the COVID-19 lockdowns, empty offices, and a mostly remote work force, we’re finally seeing a shift in people coming back to the office. However, the office environment is not what it used to be. As demographics shift from the typical 9-to-5 schedule, the office of the future is about accommodating and caring for hybrid employees while focusing on technology, collaboration and restorative spaces.

What’s In Store For The Office of The Future?

From our firsthand experience working with our customers, we have recognized the following 5 themes which have been highlighted in a recent Haworth® article about the office of the future.

  1. Technology – The focus of office technology is heading towards supporting individuals performing activities in multiple spaces throughout the office. Every space will need to adapt to virtual presence as well as acoustics and data access.
  2. Restorative Spaces – As the day-to-day work has become more complex, there’s a greater need for opportunities and spaces for people to take a break and recover from stress and mental fatigue.
  3. Space Usage – There is a transition happening towards more group interaction and collaborative spaces and less individual work, which directly impacts how office spaces are designed and used.
  4. Collaboration – Since we’ve learned that work happens in a variety of settings, the office is now the center of connection and culture requiring more group spaces to make these connections instead of being in an assigned seat all day.
  5. Humanizing – Commercial spaces have become far more human, providing opportunities for personal and cultural expression as well as supporting health and safety through access to healthier foods and cleaner spaces.

These topics are crucial for employers and the future of their office, especially as younger generations place more emphasis on the working environment and office space in addition to salary and other job benefits.

At Bellia Interiors, our goal is not only to provide you with a beautiful office space, but to also understand your primary business drivers and how we can assist you in achieving your objectives from start to finish. Through a variety of services such as return on investment analysis and relocation services to customized space planning and furniture selections – we can deliver the future office you’ve been looking for.

Reach out and request your workspace evaluation today! We look forward to making your office work for you and your employees!

Sources: Haworth


Office Space Design That Is Environmentally Responsible

Office Space Design That Is Environmentally Responsible

The professionals at Bellia are dedicated to designing office spaces for the future, and that includes office space design that is environmentally responsible. By assisting our clients with their furniture selection and office space layout, we have a direct impact on office space design and help make workplaces both healthy and sustainable. Bellia Interiors Group is a proud dealer and partner of furniture manufacturers such as Haworth® and Groupe Lacasse, who provide environmentally sustainable furniture, while staying ahead of the technology curve.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, interior designers have become more conscious of how to make the best use of space for a positive impact. In some ways, it’s a welcome opportunity to address climate and health issues, as more and more employees are opting to work remotely.

Bellia’s Environmentally Responsible Office Space Design

Our team of designers can help to improve and enhance your office environment in a number of ways:

Future Adaptability. We can re-arrange, modify, and reconfigure your workstations and floor plate in an optimal and scalable way, so that your place of business can adapt easily to future needs…saving you both time and money in the longevity of your office design.

Furniture Selection. Our team can help you select the right environmentally friendly products from a wide variety of furniture options, from height adjustable desks and task chairs to lounge and café furniture, that can be used in multiple settings. Your new furniture can help you achieve the results you need, while supporting a healthy and sustainable office environment.

Partial Furniture Replacement. We offer a large selection of furniture pieces and furniture layouts that can be partially replaced without the cost and hassle of full replacement…further supporting the environment and avoiding the need for removal and extra debris in the landfills.

Sustainable Products. Our manufacturers, such as Haworth®, Groupe Lacasse, JSI and AIS, offer a range of products that have attained environmentally friendly certifications, including Cradle to Cradle, LEED, Greenguard, BIFMA, and others.

Throughout our 49 years in the furniture design business, we’ve always been focused on the importance of design longevity for our clients, and therefore carefully select and suggest solutions that will withstand the test of time while supporting our environment inside and out.

If it’s time for you to relocate or upgrade your office, or if you need a redesign or refresh as more employees work remotely, reach out to us today or click here to request an absolutely free work and space evaluation. Now is your chance to create an office space design that is not only environmentally responsible, but is also geared towards your and your planet’s sustainable future. Bellia is here to help you love the space you’re in!

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Outdoor Office Spaces are Becoming a Hot Trend

Outdoor Office Spaces are Becoming a Hot Trend

As technology enables a rapidly growing number of employees to work remotely, and as companies focus more on offices with inviting meeting spaces rather than desks and cubicles, outdoor office spaces are becoming a hot trend. In areas with comfortable climates especially, companies can take advantage of growing technology…ironically, to help people enjoy nature more as a means to becoming more effective.

This article from the Haworth blog delves into some details about the benefits of spending more time outside…and interestingly cites an article from National Geographic that explains how humans are wired to relax in natural surroundings, because that’s where our roots are as creatures.

As the article also points out, being in nature more helps our well-being in a number of ways. Being part of a natural environment enhances our cognitive function, our attention skills, and our creative problem solving skills.

As a result, companies are doing more to accommodate staff needs and desire to spend more time outside. It’s possible to create a perfectly viable outdoor meeting or working space that includes comfortable furniture and a strong Wi-Fi connection. With online meeting technology, employees can participate in meetings without having to physically attend, and can take advantage of that technology in a local café.

The article does acknowledge that it’s not always feasible to enable outdoor working spaces. But there are suggestions for companies to at least make that office environment a more pleasant, natural one, including setting up workspaces close to windows, adding plants and greenery, and changing the view to one of a more relaxing environment, with a fireplace or aquarium or other natural movement.

In today’s competitive world, companies must do everything they can to attract top talent, and enabling remote work is a great selling point. Outdoor office spaces are becoming a hot trend too, and it’s an advantage to a company looking to provide a more pleasant and optimal working environment that encourages rather than stifles creativity.

Find Out More About The Hot Trend of Outdoor Office Spaces

At Bellia Office Design, we can work with you on your office space to make it a more inviting one…whether you’d like to improve our indoor space or make use of your outdoor space. Reach out to us today and request your free workspace evaluation – we’ll help you love the space you’re in!

Anthony Bellia Featured on Entrepreneur’s Journey Podcast

Anthony Bellia Featured on Entrepreneur's Journey Podcast

Our own Anthony Bellia joins Michael Pallozzi to discuss what it’s like to be a third-generation family business owner. He discusses what it was like to grow up in a family business environment and shares what was naturally expected of him as a child as well as details of the transition process of the family business from the second to the third generation. Only 8% of family businesses make it to the third generation. In their conversation, Anthony shares several success factors that makes a family business beat the odds and last three generations.  

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The Future of Office Space Design

The Future of Office Space Design

What does the future of office space design look like? It’s an interesting and sometimes difficult to answer question. With the world changing in so many ways and businesses adapting to changing needs, office design will require adaptation as well.

This article from the Haworth® blog goes into some details about five themes that will influence the future of office design: immersive technology, restorative spaces, shifting of space, increased collaboration, and increased human emphasis.

Immersive technology refers to using all of the aspects of virtual office technology to maximize the value and welcoming nature of space, including taking advantage of Internet of Things (IoT) technology.

Restorative spaces are places where employees can unplug and take a break from the flow of the workday. In the future, this will be seen as increasing in importance, especially as there is greater demand for restoration for employees.

Space shift refers to the replacing individual work stations with more spacious, flexible group spaces. As more employees have the ability to work anywhere, group collaboration will become more of an office space priority.

Increased collaboration means, in addition to more space for group interaction, that office spaces will focus on connections and culture among the employees.

Increased human emphasis means a greater focus on hospitable and welcoming office spaces, and employers placing focus on employee health for greater productivity.

In summary, the future of office space design is likely to be focused on the advantages of remote working ability, and using the opportunity to create a more welcoming space for employees and enhance group collaboration. As companies move into the 2020s, it is likely that we’ll see a whole new atmosphere in the workspace.

Ask Us About YOUR Future Office Space Design

If you’re interested in taking advantage of your office space and how you can make the most of your office collaboration in the future, reach out to Bellia Office Design! We can help you maximize your space, take advantage of new technology, and create an office that you and your employees will love. Click here for your free workspace evaluation today!

New Trends in Healthcare Facility Design

New Trends in Healthcare Facility Design

As the world adapts to creating a cleaner and healthier environment, one part of the ongoing process is new trends in healthcare facility design. As it turns out, office and interior designers can have a greater impact on the environment than they probably realize, and the design of a new or existing healthcare facility can make a world of difference in its carbon emissions.

This article from our friends at the Haworth® company goes into some details about ways that healthcare facilities can become more efficient and reduce their carbon footprint through building arrangement and design. Probably the most key factor is the ability for both employees to work remotely, and for patients and doctors to conduct virtual appointments…reducing the need for excessive facility space.

The article stresses three strategies when it comes to building a facility: build nothing, build less, or build clever.

Building nothing means taking advantage of the ever-improving ability for employees to work remotely, and repurposing existing structures as specialists’ offices, outpatient service areas, or outright leasing. The result is no new construction, which often results in waste.

Building less means maximizing available space and reducing the need for excessive space. As the need for outpatient services continually declines, a facility can make more effective use of its existing space without having to put an addition on the property.

Building clever means anticipating the need for changes in services in the future. Designers can create areas and offices that are easily adaptable to changing environments, such as through modular construction and thoughtful placement of elements like entrances and trash receptacles.

These ideas and more are helping healthcare facilities not just reduce their environmental impact, but also to make the most cost-effective use of their costly space.

Find Out More About New Trends In Healthcare Facility Design!

Reach out to Bellia today if you’d like to find out more about how we can design or redesign your healthcare office and work facility. We can help you create an environment that maximizes your space, improves your productivity, and reduces your carbon footprint. Let us help you love the space you’re in!

Why Office Lighting Matters

Why Office Lighting Matters

Why Office Lighting MattersAs a business or office owner, you’re probably aware that any office needs sufficient and not overpowering lighting. But have you given any thought to why office lighting matters, and the difference that the right type of lighting can make on your staff?

Three Reasons Why Office Lighting Matters To Your Employees

As detailed in this recent article from our friends at Haworth®, there are three ways in which office lighting affects the well-being of the occupants: enhancement of work performance, the feeling created by access to natural light, and its effects on the acoustics of the room. With this knowledge, an employer can turn the office lighting into an advantage and add another perk to attract and keep top talent.

Regarding work performance enhancement, the article notes that any employee can be distracted by light that is too bright, or light that is insufficient for a task. Having the ability to control and adjust the amount of light an employee works with offers a level of empowerment and comfort that leads to a happier and more productive staff.

As far as the amount of natural light in the workplace, the article points out that more natural light creates positive energy, reduces stress, and makes employees generally feel more appreciated. It mentions skylights and additional windows as a great potential addition to office areas, especially during winter months that see less daylight.

In the third case, the article specifically mentions studies that show that lighting actually can affect the acoustics of a room, and have an impact on background noise and its level of distraction. This is a professional level of office design, but it may be worth the investment for office owners looking to create optimal spaces for employees.

If you’re interested in learning more about why office lighting matters in your business, be sure to give this informative article a read. If you’d like to know more about how we can help you with an office design that you and your employees will love, reach out to the team at Bellia Office Design today…we specialize in helping you love the space you’re in!

Design Trends in Higher Education Facilities

Design Trends in Higher Education Facilities

The competition among universities to attract top students is tremendous, and institutions of higher learning are continually seeking all sorts of ways to make their schools more attractive. According to this article from the Haworth blog, design trends in higher education facilities are creating whole new spaces and upgrading their existing ones, and adding a whole new dimension and incentive for attracting the best young minds.

The article notes seven design elements that students find appealing: the first impression; allowing for collaboration; mobile technology for remote work; flexible classrooms; space to allow focus; bright and comfortable spaces; and space to stretch out and relax. In each of these areas, schools have found ways to improve their furniture arrangements and make the most of their spaces.

The advancement of technology has created a wealth of opportunities, and working and collaborating remotely is among the foremost of those. The article cites an excellent example from the Donald W. Maine College of Business at Davenport University, where a hub is set up with ideal social space design. The space includes a coffee bar, tall tables with power and connectivity, three floors of enclaves, and a cloud-based platform for collaboration.

Another example is the Watt Family Collaboration Center at Clemson University, which made imaginative use of corridors to allow students to use the connectivity outlets and their laptops to work together in a lounge-type spot. The area is Wi-Fi accessible and creates an easily accessed space for gathering.

Take Advantage of Education Facilities Design Trends!

Does your school have a space you aren’t using to maximum effectiveness? Are you looking to improve a lobby, lounge, or study space to attract students? The professionals at Bellia Office Design are experts in design trends in higher education facilities. Reach out to us today to get started…we can help turn your space into something your students and faculty will love!

How to Support A Work From Home Model

How to Support A Work From Home Model

As we all know by now, recent world events have caused a great increase in employees working remotely, often on a full-time basis. The situation has reached a point where the ability to work from home is a key component of a job offer. With the office situation everywhere changing so rapidly, employers have had to adjust their offices and have had to learn how to support a work from home model.

This article from Haworth® gives a few examples of how several law offices have changed their office layouts to adjust to these needs, using Haworth’s help. While it is by no means unique to law firms, attorneys are one example of a profession where working from home can be highly conducive to better productivity…more comfort, fewer distractions, and more flexibility for employees who no longer have to commute.

As the article notes, companies with office space geared to a previous situation can now see this new reality as an opportunity, rather than an unnecessary overhead. In addition to seeking office design companies that can outfit homes with ergonomic desks and chairs as an incentive to attract employees, they can now redesign their office spaces to expand their capabilities.

One example is Warner Norcross + Judd, a law firm that actually reduced the size of their private office space to expand outdoor spaces, and created temporary work zones for people in partially remote positions. The ideas made for more attractive collaboration spaces, and an improved ability for employees to gather, socialize and accomplish more as a team.

Another option now available to business owners is the opportunity to convert unused office space into event space…where the company can not only hold its own promotional events, but also to host events for other companies’ and non-profits’ events.

The new challenge of how to support a work from home model offers a great opportunity to businesses who have found themselves with less used office space. More attractive collaboration, promotion, and employee incentive possibilities are available to companies that can make the most of their office space.

Call on Bellia To Support Your Work From Home Initiative!

If you’d like to find some ideas about how you can support a work from home model for your employees, reach out to Bellia Office Design today. We’ve remade offices, lounges, event spaces and more to maximize office space and productivity, and we can do the same for your business!

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