Posted on: 14 October 2019
Many newer office complexes follow similar plans and have similar issues and advantages. They're not really "cookie-cutter" designs, but they do have a lot in common with one another. Much of this is due to a lot of planning and construction being done by the same companies, but it's also because of architectural fads, for lack of a better word. Sometimes a cost-cutting move has unintended consequences as well. When your industrial complex is still being built, you have a chance to stop some of these mistakes from being repeated.
Place Intake Vents Away From the Loading Dock
Watch out for the ventilation system intake vent location. Chances are you're not going to see the vents placed right by a loading dock, for example, or right by another area with heavy traffic—or worse, by the garbage dumpsters. However, fumes travel. You want to see those intake vents moved far away from the loading dock, where trucks that are unloading goods can sit idle.
Also keep the vents away from parking lot intersections, where car exhaust or employees smoking could be an issue. And definitely keep it away from dumpster areas. Having the intake vents be on upper floors can help a bit on taller buildings, but you do need to place them away from those areas in general, and not just in the areas but high up.
Shade the South and West Sides of the Buildings
Are you in a region with spectacular sunsets? Are the views off to the west or south particularly nice? One common issue is that buildings today are often given unfettered views of the landscape, which sounds nice at first, but it isn't actually that helpful to people whose offices are on the west and south. Even with climate control, those sides get hot in summer. Talk to the construction contractors about awnings and which materials (e.g., triple-pane glass) they can use to mitigate the problem.
Provide Both Covered and Uncovered Parking
A giant parking structure taking up the entire lot may seem oppressive, but leaving the entire lot open just means people are going to have hot cars when they leave work. Talk to the construction company and see what they can do regarding parking cover. Do they need city permits to add a solar-panel covered carport? Can they draw up plans themselves? Are they handling the landscaping, too, and can modify plans for the types of trees (e.g., install faster-growing trees for more shade in a couple of years)?
Your contractors may need to send additional plans to an architectural firm, or they may have planners associated with the company itself. Here's your chance to make your employees and clients who visit a lot more comfortable. Learn more about the process by contacting industrial building construction services.Share