As you may have read in our previous series, it’s not a far reach to understand how military facilities might utilize control room furniture. When it comes to dealing with important actions and missions, ergonomic furniture partnered with cutting-edge technology can help make military professionals make of-the-moment life-or-death decisions to the best of their abilities.
Whether it’s control room consoles or office desks, purchasing new furniture is fun. (Who doesn’t love shopping at IKEA?) But just as you look for a sofa that will last through many a cat nap and maybe even an occasional couch-crasher, you should also put the same ideals into searching for control room furniture (although you don’t want employees napping on the job). Command center furnishings should help staff members be able to do their jobs to the best of their abilities for many years to come, without inhibiting their comfort while standing up to wear and tear.
There’s a lot that goes into designing the perfect control room, including the console furniture. Believe it or not, it takes more than providing a space with optimal temperature and room for appropriate technology. There are a lot of things to consider, including how the control room plays into an organization’s efficiency.
As the heart of an organization, a control room or command center should be given the utmost attention to detail, as these centers can make or break an operation.
If you’re part of an organization that has many complicated systems, has a data center, or manages and monitors a variety of information in real time, then you probably have a control room.
Control rooms are the heart of many organizations, where information pulses like blood and extends to other areas of an organizational system like veins in a body. Control or command rooms help users connected to the system collaborate to make the best decisions, whether it’s in the form of security or monitoring numbers or trends.
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.