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DesignPoint Project Featured Regional Magazine

Posted on November 10th, 2017 in Commercial design

In October 2017, DesignPoint’s project for Piramal Critical Care was featured in the Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal, a regional magazine with a commercial real estate focus. Piramal Critical Care is a manufacturer of anesthesia, and they have outgrown their space. They contracted DesignPoint to manage their expansion and assist with interior design needs to enhance their workplace culture.

Piramal will have a new reception area, executive boardroom, and ancillary meeting rooms. The renovated space will be state-of-the-art and offer modern amenities that appeal to younger workers including a new café, exercise room with lockers, lounge space with ping pong tables, fireplace and casual areas for collaboration. DesignPoint is managing the interior design and space planning that will incorporate a complete new LED lighting system and acoustic management for the open floor plan.

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Transform Your Workplace with Great Design

Posted on November 7th, 2017 in Commercial design

Impress clients, inspire employees and create all-around functionality

Everyone prefers to arrive at work with energy and motivation, but sometimes the thought of spending the entire day trapped in an un-inspiring building or cramped cubicle injects dread into the daily commute and poison into the corporate culture.

In an age when attracting and retaining top talent is at an all-time premium, excellence in office design should also be held in high priority. A recent Forbes survey found that 73% of respondents said that their work area and office facilities directly influenced their job satisfaction. While hiring experienced employees with great attitudes remains fundamental for building a successful company, many managers cite the need to facilitate and motivate the workforce by having systems in place to enable the employees’ success. This includes intentionally designing offices to facilitate workflow, collaboration, productivity, and ultimately employee happiness. Despite the acknowledged value for office design, many companies fail to adequately evaluate, and periodically re-evaluate, their companies changing product mix, workflow, and workforce preferences. Below is a list of considerations to maximize your workplace to achieve the three goals of a great office: impress clients, inspire employees and create all-around functionality.Read More

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Making Retail Bank Branches Functional (and profitable)

Posted on November 2nd, 2017 in Commercial design

Banks across the country are looking to shed locations then repurpose remaining branches

Note: This article was created in October 2015  for a group of banking executives. It is now being shared on the DesignPoint blog as it continues to be relevant to banking and other industries that rely on brick and mortal locations.

From travel to retail, technology is upending every industry. Until recently banks have been insulated by their complex platforms and systems that have slowed the market penetration of entrepreneurial innovation. Those days are gone as consumers embrace mobile banking and e-commerce. Players, like PayPal and Square, who initially facilitated online transactions now have their sights set on business lending and join the ranks of OnDeck Capital, Inc., Intuit, Cabbage, and others competing to lend to small businesses. The Wall Street Journal reported in September 2015 that PayPal issues an average of more than $2 million in loans to U.S. small businesses each day (click to read article). It is no wonder that recent articles have appeared under headlines like “The retail bank branch is doomed and banks don’t even know it”, and “Hundreds of Bank of America branches are disappearing”. Deposits and commercial loans are not the only thing eluding financial institutions. Community banks are also struggling to originate residential home mortgages. For example, online lender Quicken Loans has surged to the #3 spot of the nation’s top residential mortgage lenders.

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