Control room furniture consists of highly specialized, durable components that are built to withstand the rigorous demands of the 24/7 environment. Alternatively, traditional office furniture and desks are built for a short life cycle with sub standard quality at a low cost of entry. Could you incorporate traditional office desks and furniture in place of the highly specialized furniture typically seen in a control room? In truth, a control room engineer could try. However, the end user would quickly realize the shortcomings of a traditional desk.
This is the second installment in our multi-part look at control room furniture and design across a variety of industries. It is important to take a broad, multi-category view of control room design, not just for the sake of those within specific industries themselves; but also for designers to keep their view as wide as possible, to learn and build solutions from a variety of situations and challenges.
This article will be focusing on design elements and initiatives for clients within the Airport/Air Traffic industry. It is important for firms to be familiar with this industry, as $255 billion was invested in new airport construction in 2017 and a further $885 billion was dedicated to infrastructure upgrades—some of which was dedicated to airport control rooms.