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 fourth installation in our multi-part series that takes a closer look at control room design across the industry spectrum. In the first three installments, we focused on the Surveillance & Security, Airport/Air Traffic, and Emergency Operations/Disaster Management industries respectively.
We hope you are finding this continuing series informative and applicable to your control room console/furniture firm. If you haven’t seen our previous entries, please take a look and of course stay tuned for more.
In this installment we will look at the Emergency Operations/Disaster Management industry. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, this industry is expected to see positive growth in the next half decade. At present, the Incident and Emergency Management industry is estimated to be worth $93 billion in 2018. By 2023, that figure will expand to nearly $123 billion at a rate of roughly 6% annually. [Source] As you can see, any control room design company would be remiss to ignore this potential market.