+ Post New Thread
Results 1 to 12 of 12
Blue Skies Thread, Designing New IT Offices in General; Hi everyone, Iíve been given the opportunity to expand our I.T. Department office space before the end of the year. ...
  1. #1

    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    27
    Thank Post
    0
    Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
    Rep Power
    7

    Designing New IT Offices

    Hi everyone,

    Iíve been given the opportunity to expand our I.T. Department office space before the end of the year. Weíre getting a new staff member and we havenít got anywhere for them to work (and not really enough space for us now), so we thought weíd renovate our offices as a whole. Iíve been given the option of expanding into a soon-to-be-unused small classroom, which is easily enough space. I want to use the space well though, and do as much as I can on what will be a small budget.

    Iím a bit out of my depth with this sort of thing though, Iíve never had to rethink an office space before, so I was wondering if anyone out there has had to design or redesign a space for IT workers? If so, have you got any good ideas, good resources (books, websites etc)? Iím open to anything except making it look like Googleís offices. That would be cool, but letís be realistic eh?

    All suggestions welcome!

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    west sussex
    Posts
    503
    Thank Post
    74
    Thanked 26 Times in 26 Posts
    Rep Power
    14
    Normal desks for working obviously.
    a filter / front desk to deal with impatient "i need it now" trivial queries
    build / test area for building or testing machines etc.
    coffee/tea facilities and a fridge.
    lots of data points
    storage space for spare parts? books? frequently used cables? etc.

    lots more

  3. #3

    TechMonkey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    South East
    Posts
    3,237
    Thank Post
    218
    Thanked 387 Times in 288 Posts
    Rep Power
    158
    If you have spare room how about a training cluster? Just a few computers that you could have a department at a time in to be able to give training. Would only need a corner or one wall but could help expand your CPD offering (SLT love that term).

    I am thinking about junking our desks here as our office is dominated by them. We have a thin office so they squeeze us out to the sides. My current idea is to setup benching on both sides so we effectively have a huge work area along both sides, loads of network points and power sockets and mount our workstations on these. More room to store stuff, more open office and less squeezing past each other.

  4. #4

    nephilim's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Dunstable
    Posts
    11,160
    Thank Post
    1,452
    Thanked 1,705 Times in 1,278 Posts
    Blog Entries
    2
    Rep Power
    366
    What is the size of the room?
    What are your requirements?

  5. #5

    Domino's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Bromley
    Posts
    4,022
    Thank Post
    212
    Thanked 1,167 Times in 760 Posts
    Blog Entries
    4
    Rep Power
    491
    Some points to take into consideration:

    Storage - even if you've storage elsewhere, having "most often used" items in cupboards near by is a godsend
    Workbench - having a build area in your office allows you to kick off imaging and monitor it while you continue working at your desk, also allows hardware maintenance in a secure/safe space.
    Power/network points - there is no such thing as 'too many'
    Security/confidentiality - is the area securable when no one is around, and can you avoid being spied on while you are in there?
    Whiteboards - if you can have them, put them in. team brainstorming/explanations are much easier with one.


    Good luck!

  6. #6

    dhicks's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Knightsbridge
    Posts
    5,500
    Thank Post
    1,186
    Thanked 745 Times in 647 Posts
    Rep Power
    229
    Quote Originally Posted by Speculator View Post
    I’m a bit out of my depth with this sort of thing though, I’ve never had to rethink an office space before, so I was wondering if anyone out there has had to design or redesign a space for IT workers?
    For my new office, I'm aiming for 19" racks underneath my benching, then I can mount assorted IT equipment, lockable drawers or shelves, as needed.

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    27
    Thank Post
    0
    Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
    Rep Power
    7
    Thanks Domino,

    All very solid ideas. I'm actually getting quite a decent list, I'll post back here with the results when I've completed my research (a lofty term for asking questions in a few forums).

    The whiteboard idea keeps coming up again and again. It made me think - I knew you could get backboard paint, and it turns out you can get whiteboard paint too - why not pant a whole wall to make it a surface you can write on?

    L8r.

  8. #8

    seawolf's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Melbourne
    Posts
    726
    Thank Post
    7
    Thanked 219 Times in 171 Posts
    Rep Power
    150
    Don't forget about cable management with the desks and benches. I would also recommend having at least one desk at bench height (900) for doing work while standing and make them deep enough as well (at least 800). And I recommend wall mounting monitors (VESA) to save as much desktop space as possible and keep cable clutter to a minimum. Don't forget about adequate lighting either especially for working on the guts of a computer, etc. small magnetic boards for laying screws onto while working on computers are also handy as are having proper tool kits. Everyone has already mentioned having plenty of power and data and storage and I second those suggestions.

    The whiteboard paint is a good idea, but it isn't cheap. If you can afford it go for it, but not at the expense of something else you really need.

  9. #9

    Domino's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Bromley
    Posts
    4,022
    Thank Post
    212
    Thanked 1,167 Times in 760 Posts
    Blog Entries
    4
    Rep Power
    491
    Quote Originally Posted by Speculator View Post

    The whiteboard idea keeps coming up again and again. It made me think - I knew you could get backboard paint, and it turns out you can get whiteboard paint too - why not pant a whole wall to make it a surface you can write on?

    L8r.
    As @seawolf said, it's pretty pricey - also you'll need quite a few coats to get a proper usable surface. We had a meeting room here with a stripe of it down one wall - and even though that had 3 or 4 coats, after a few months it just started looking grubby and not cleaning properly.

  10. #10
    nicholab's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Birmingham
    Posts
    1,411
    Thank Post
    3
    Thanked 93 Times in 89 Posts
    Blog Entries
    1
    Rep Power
    50
    I think one of the biggest challenges is your desktop not being over looked.

  11. #11

    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    400
    Thank Post
    37
    Thanked 31 Times in 25 Posts
    Rep Power
    10
    I got to plan and get built our offices, my key considerations was storage, repair area, privacy for screens and storage again!

  12. #12
    alan-d's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Sutton Coldfield
    Posts
    2,400
    Thank Post
    353
    Thanked 254 Times in 185 Posts
    Rep Power
    74
    Have a look in this thread for ideas too http://www.edugeek.net/forums/behind...e-bit-fun.html

SHARE:
+ Post New Thread

Similar Threads

  1. New IT Room Desks - locked doors or no doors?
    By dgsmith in forum Hardware
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 29th April 2008, 09:13 AM
  2. power loadings new IT infrastructure
    By Uraken in forum General Chat
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 24th February 2008, 03:01 PM
  3. CompTIA Launches New IT Skills Standards Web site
    By GrumbleDook in forum Courses and Training
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 5th July 2007, 12:28 AM
  4. Costings for new IT suite
    By MikeW in forum Budgets and Expenditure
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 6th January 2006, 06:31 PM
  5. IT Officer - (Digischool) - birmigham
    By tosca925 in forum Educational IT Jobs
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 21st September 2005, 04:36 PM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •