5. Zoning: After determining the work patterns, (see #1 above, under “Behavior”), develop a layout strategy which will locate incompatible functions apart from each other. Locate conference and focus rooms convenient for interactive workers to “duck into” and to act as barriers between various work patterns. Consider elements such as file banks to further separate incompatible functions.
6. Planning: Carefully consider the effect on neighboring workstations when locating supporting activities such as copier rooms, coffee bars and entries to conference rooms where a queue could be anticipated – adjacent to large conference rooms, for instance.
7. Furniture: Select furniture which complies with LEED NC credits EQ. 8.1 and 8.2 to obtain 1 or 2 LEED credits.
The low partitions required will achieve the desired access to natural light and view while allowing occupants to be aware of other nearby workers.
Work station partition is in front of the worker when seated at the desk, the noise reduction coefficient (NRC) of the partition should be .07 so that speech is not reflected backward when the worker seated at his or her desk speaks. Where possible, the layout should locate the desks so that workers will not be speaking directly “at” each other.