Meeting Pods’ Uses and Advantages

Portable meeting pods have become one of the trendiest spatial solutions in contemporary office design.

Offering privacy and practicality, these collaborative pods for companies are an intuitive choice to conduct small group meetings or stow away for some private work time.

But, are they only for commercial businesses breaking from cubicle complacency? What other uses are there for pods, and what specific benefits can these acoustic meeting pods bring to your workplace, regardless of industry?

Since we at SnapCab® obsess over conference pods — their looks, features and uses that free us all from workplace convention — we’re here to answer these questions and more with a complete list of applications and benefits for portable privacy pods.

meeting pod uses and advantages

Who Uses Conference Pods?

Custom conference pods come in handy in a variety of environments and applications —more than might meet the eye.

1. Offices

Due to the rising costs of commercial real estate, traditional and open-concept offices alike must balance maximizing their current square footage without crowding or cramping the workspace. After all, it will cost the average single-story office today $160 to $170 to add one square foot to its existing layout. Renting extra office space doesn’t fare much better, either, with rent per square foot averaging $23 — an amount that gets even more expensive when you factor in location, building type and nearby building amenities.

Private meeting pods provide a solution when office square footage is at such a premium. Instead of constructing expensive new conference rooms or reconfiguring the entire office, businesses can assemble mobile, modular privacy booths that satisfy the same function. Pods cost a fraction of the price and don’t carry the disruptions, downtimes and price tag of an office space overhaul.

2. Schools

Educational environments are a second popular home for noise-absorbing acoustic meeting pods. From late-night exam cramming to group project meetings to quiet reading spaces across campus, schools require a variety of flexible and accessible study spaces, including those within:

  • College dorm study areas
  • College dorm lounges
  • Libraries
  • Academic buildings
  • And more

Students benefit from selecting the privacy space best suited to their needs. Midsized units, like SnapCab’s® Meet 4, make an ideal flex space for one-on-one tutoring, while larger meeting pods for schools, like the Meet 6, can comfortably seat groups of four to six.

3. Medical Environments

Many medical facilities use modular meeting booths as outpatient consulting rooms, as well as quick and convenient areas to hold private conversations with patients and their families.

This sensitivity toward privacy is not only an industry best practice — it’s a compliance concern. Health care regulations outline a range of protections when it comes to safely relaying personally identifiable information in written and verbal form. Several medical facility types — like the following — employ secure, sound-absorbing conference pods to remain in compliance when communicating sensitive medical information with patients and loved ones.

  • Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Veterinary offices
  • Pharmacies

4. Transportation Hubs

Bustling train and subway stations, airport terminals, bus depots and even combination transportation centers benefit from the quiet acoustic pods can bring.

take a breather in a pod

These busy hubs commonly turn pods and pod technology into custom phone booths and rest stations. Travelers can stow away to make phone calls, send important emails or even take a breather from the hustle and bustle of their surroundings — one of the signature perks of SnapCab’s Pods.

Uses for Meeting Pods

You can find private workspace pods across many commercial and private environments. Within those spaces themselves, office meeting pods have a range of uses — uses that range far beyond housing brainstorming sessions or weekly stand-ups. Consider these office pod advantages.

1. Privacy Rooms

Employees today crave privacy. While the trendy open-concept offices and cubicle-free layouts have ushered a new wave of creative and collaborative floorplans, they are notoriously loud and distraction-prone, even for diligent workers.

Modular booths infuse that much-needed, much-missed privacy back into the workspace. For a variety of tasks, peace and quiet are essential for productivity, as well as the participants’ sanity. Privacy booths work well for workplace activities like:

  • Interviews
  • Annual reviews
  • Confidential professional conversations
  • Important conference calls and presentations
  • Projects requiring prolonged states of deep work

2. Custom Phone and Video Booths

Organizations in the U.S. spend roughly 160 million minutes in voice and video conference calls during the year.

Industry surveys reveal employees tend to lose up to 15 minutes per call handling ad-hoc distractions and bringing conversations back on track. What’s more, over 70% of employees say they’re comfortable discussing confidential or sensitive information during these conference calls, yet don’t tend to consider the security of their immediate environment while doing so.

Office phone booths give a safe, secure location to handle phone and video calls, whether they are routine or confidential. At SnapCab, we make our Talk and Focus booths from sound-reducing panels, complete with an acoustic-absorbing fabric ceiling.

3. Office Wellness Rooms

Office wellness booths, or “Zenbooths,” are an increasingly trendy feature in many contemporary workplaces. Businesses often choose these rooms to match company culture and embody corporate values, as well as recognizing employees’ very human need to recharge in a private place.

These calming, stimulus-free stations give employees an appropriate setting to temporarily relax without causing a scene or disturbing colleagues. Common wellness booth themes include enclosed spaces for meditation, stretching, yoga and similar activities relevant to your workforce’s tastes and interests.

4. Collaborative Meeting Booths

Just as booths make secluded spaces for private phone and video calls, they double as versatile meeting pods for companies that require additional conference space.

pods increase productivity

The design of many acoustic pods keeps group productivity in mind. SnapCab’s Meet 4 and Meet 6 pods — which seat up to four and six people, respectively — contain seating, tables, LED lighting, Wi-Fi connectivity, Corning® Gorilla® Glass interior panels that double as whiteboards and plenty of electrical outlets. Our four-person meeting booth is the perfect environment for uninterrupted collaborative get-togethers, both scheduled and impromptu.

5. Individual or Group Workstations

As businesses scale, they require workspace solutions that’ll grow and adapt as they do, plus remain in good condition across years of use and even after brand aesthetic changes.

SnapCab pods come with a unique modular design on wheels, positioning them as the ultimate flexible desk pod. A pod can begin as a group meeting flex space, but quickly transition to a private workstation dedicated to individual deep work. In some offices where employees don’t receive desk assignments at all, this workspace flexibility is the natural choice to maintain horizontal collaboration and fluidity, while giving employees the desk functionality they need.

6. Private Offices

Today’s typical office employee will get interrupted at work once every 11 minutes. That same employee will need another 23 minutes to shift back into work mode, picking up wherever they left off.

SnapCab’s Meet 4 and Meet 6 pods make convenient, cost-effective private offices, removing employees from their distraction-prone environments. Use them as flex offices available on rotation or even as assigned office spaces for employees or management, housing their complete desk workstation.

7. Snack Stations

SnapCab’s Meet 6 pods’ 71″ x 71″ x 78″H interior dimensions are the perfect size to contain a mini snack bar or coffee station. Tuck them into corners of the office to make it easier for employees to grab what they need, then return to their desk, or add them to current break rooms or dining areas without requiring expensive room renovations. Plus, SnapCab pods come with motion-activated LED light fixtures and fans, meaning no one forgets to turn off the lights and food and beverage smells don’t affect the entire office.

8. Conversation Booths

Ad-hoc conversations between employees quickly catching up after the weekend or discussing their shared favorite TV show all have a time and place in the office. Yet they can be distracting, not only for their participants, but for those around them, especially when they occur sporadically at desks.

Company meeting pods create a designated place for conversations that don’t disturb others in the vicinity. Employees can even use these booths to take lunches or have coffee breaks with colleagues, further reducing the likelihood of distracting, but inevitable, conversations.

9. Nap Pod

Nearly every detail of privacy pod fabrication creates a temperature-controlled, noise-absorbing room well-suited to a growing workplace trend — employee naps.

While napping at work still strikes many as unprofessional, research shows the significant benefits of even brief naps timed mid-morning or mid-afternoon. Portable privacy pods are the place for workers to stow away for some necessary R&R, increasing alertness, attention spans, mental acuity and overall productivity.

10. Office “Neighborhoods”

Unassigned office layouts, or the “agile” office, is an emerging workplace organizational structure where no employee receives a desk assignment. Instead, employees work wherever they feel most productive — then have the freedom to pick a new workspace pod every day.

Use larger multi-pod configurations to designate department types or themed work areas. For example, arrange a cluster of Meet 4 and Meet 6 Pods and outfit it to serve as the collaborative brainstorming hub for the entire organization. Nearby, Connects partitions and acoustic sound-absorbing pod layouts can create a designated focus space for employees concentrating on immersive solo work.

Meeting Pod Advantages

Across their uses and applications, custom meeting pods bring a range of benefits to the organizations employing them.

1. Quiets Working in an Open Office Environment

pods create a quiet work environment

Pods contribute to improved office acoustics, both inside and outside their panel walls:

  • Felt-lined interior panels to soak and contain sounds
  • Glass doors to create a premium sealed noise barrier
  • Acoustic felt ceiling and carpet to reduce sound transfer further

When configured strategically, meeting pods introduce natural office sound barriers and partitions that reduce overall sound travel. This feature is especially valuable if your office has plenty of materials like flush walls, glass, tile, stone or concrete, or is an open-concept floorplan.

2. Portable and Reconfigurable

Most conference spaces in offices are permanent fixtures built during initial construction. These static spaces cannot move, rearrange or scale as you do, plus they rely on people using them according to capacity best practices.

Conference-room congestion becomes an issue of the past when offices adopt portable conference booths. SnapCab’s Meet 4 and Meet 6 Workspaces are particularly ideal solutions, designed as modular kits with high-load phenolic casters to easily pivot, re-angle or all-out move the booths to another location.

3. Cost-Effective

Private meeting booths cost a fraction of what renovating new meeting rooms within your current square footage or constructing new office additions altogether do. Consider hourly contractor rates alone. Plus, any new constructions will be static, unable to scale or adapt to shifting employee needs over time. Opting for mobile, modular and reconfigurable pod meeting spaces is the far more economical choice and the greener one, too.

4. Customizable

Conference pods, including those from SnapCab, come with customizable laminate panels available in premium white or a rainbow of colors.

Looking to go beyond laminate? Individual pod panels can also be fabricated from:

  • Gorilla Glass whiteboard
  • Gorilla Glass Gigapixel custom large-format, high-resolution printed graphics
  • A mix of white and color laminates
  • All of the above

Finish customizing your pod with optional furniture like seating and tables, each made to match the overall aesthetic of the entire conference desk pod.

5. Compact

You can arrange conference Workspaces to seat entire groups of people or house workstations. They’re still fundamentally compact units, designed with an eye toward maximizing current space rather than overwhelming it, all through easy reconfigurability and maneuverings.

SnapCab designs its meeting and conferencing Pods to meet these spatial needs with the following dimensions.

  • SnapCab Meet 4 pod: 53″ x 77″ x 91″ exterior/47″ x 71″ x 78″ interior
  • SnapCab Meet 6 pod: 77″ x 77″ x 91″ exterior/71″ x 71″ x 78″ interior

6. Tech Outfitted

How many times have you entered a meeting, only to realize your laptop battery is dangerously low?

Conference workstation pods remedy this pain point, built to house — at an arm’s reach — all the tech equipment and features necessary to stay productive during collaborative work. Common booth tech features include USB ports, power stations, lighting and plenty of outlets, all providing a plug-and-play workstation ready when you and your colleagues need it most.

7. Mobile

SnapCab’s meeting booths feature modular designs. That means we manufacture them to assemble how you want, where you want, in one complete snap-into-place kit. And because they’re on wheels, you can quickly reconfigure meeting pod layouts to suit your in-the-moment preferences, wheeling these mobile meeting booths here, there and back again — much like a game of Tetris. If you can put together and place a piece of Ikea furniture, you’re ready for mobile conference pods like those from SnapCab.

Office Pods

Curious about custom meeting and group conference pods for your workplace? Send your questions to SnapCab! We’ve seen the benefits our custom meeting pods have brought to countless workplaces and their employees — and we can’t wait to do the same for you.

Browse our SnapCab meeting Pod catalog, then start creating your custom conference workstations today.

Mobility

Maximum mobility is crucial for success in today’s fast-paced, rapidly changing and evolving work environments. Being lean and agile meets the scalability needs of 21st-century organizations, as they can easily add workstations to accommodate new employees or relocate them whenever they need to reconfigure an office layout. Mobility and flexibility can also allow companies to avoid significant remodeling and renovation projects that take time and often cost a lot of money.

SnapCab® can add the benefit of mobility to your office setting with our innovative Workspace solutions. You can use these solidly constructed, stand-alone spaces as individual offices, one-on-one conferenced areas or self-contained meeting rooms. You’ll get a comfortable, private workspace you can easily relocate to wherever you need it within your office layout.

Casters Provide the SnapCab Pod Mobility

The key to the mobility of our pods is the heavy-duty casters welded to a steel plate that supports the weight of the pod. The casters allow you to roll and maneuver the pods across the floor. Each caster can accommodate up to 800 pounds, which is more than enough for the pod and its contents, such as a table, chairs and computer and office equipment.

Suppose your pod contains heavier objects that make rolling it more difficult. A skid plate attached to the underside of the unit provides extra support if you prefer to move it with a lift truck. You’ll be able to transport it safely and efficiently over distances or load it onto a tractor-trailer or delivery truck with ease.

So Many Ways to Take Advantage of the SnapCab Mobility

You can use our mobile pods in a variety of ways. For instance, if rapid expansion is creating the need to add to your workforce quickly, you can use the SnapCab Focus to form several rows of individual workspaces. Unlike traditional cubicles, our Workspaces are enclosed units with sound-absorbing panels that will create quiet, private workstations, even in a confined area of your facility. The fast assembly and installation process also provide a more time-efficient alternative that will meet your staffing requirements.

Maybe you’re looking to integrate a mobile meeting area into your layout. Our SnapCab Meet 4 pod is the perfect size for groups of two to four people, and you can move it around to different departments without having to create a permanent conference room or area. Our largest unit, the Meet 6 pod, provides the space for team-building activities and helps to foster a collaborative work environment.

All our pods offer an assortment of finish options that allow you to create the ideal appearance for your work areas. You can also upgrade the paneling to change the look of your pods when the time comes, such as undergoing an extensive renovation project or updating your branding.

Contact Us to Learn More About the Mobility of SnapCab Pods

Feel free to contact us online for more information regarding the mobility of our pods and how it can benefit your present and future operating requirements. We’ll also be happy to provide a no-obligation quote.

Video Transcript

Originally they didn’t have wheels.

I remember I was talking to our bench manufacturer, and they said “hey we’d love to have one of pods if only it was on a wheel” because they’re a lean manufacturing company, we’re a lean manufacturing company.

And we all realized, well of course they have to be on wheels.

So we point out the robust casters we have that are welded to this steel plate.

Each wheel holds about 800 pounds.

We’ve got a skid plate which helps protect the bottom under carriage during movement.

So if we want to slide a forklift or a pump truck, we’ve got some protection from the under carriage.

My name is David Robinson and I am the founder of Fractal Workspace.

We are kind of a boutique co-working spot in Kingston, Ontario.

I am standing in front of our SnapCabs.

The area that we have these set up in actually converts into an event space.

So we can move these pods out, which is really exciting.

We also consider moving them into other parts of our space, so the fact that they’re mobile is amazing.

Code Compliance

Ensuring compliance with the frequently changing building and electrical codes is a challenge that nearly every company faces these days. SnapCab® Workspaces give you a mobile, flexible office solution that will also meet your code compliance requirements. Install them wherever you need to create a quiet, private space in your office layout. They will also provide the connectivity you need to power your laptops, tablets, mobile phones and other electrical and electronic equipment efficiently and safely.

Our Pods Are UL-Listed and Seismic-Tested

Underwriting Laboratories has been setting the global standard for product safety testing and certification for more than a century. SnapCab pods are UL-Listed, fulfilling the requirements in crucial areas such as fire and smoke resistance, as well as personal safety assessments and table load and stability testing. The low-voltage electrical wiring within the panels also complies with the UL testing guidelines. You can install your pods with complete confidence and peace of mind.

Seismic testing is another critical safety aspect for organizations located in earthquake zones. Our pods have undergone comprehensive stability and anchorage testing conducted by Critical Structures, one of the most respected and accomplished structural engineering firms in the United States. You can rest assured knowing your office pods can withstand significant structural challenges and contribute to a safer work environment, whether you’re susceptible to earthquakes or any other operational or environmental issues.

Understanding the Electrical Capabilities of SnapCab pods

Our pods come with 110V electrical outlets and a USB charging port you. You won’t need to perform any additional wiring to connect your devices. The plug-and-play capability simplifies the entire process and enhances safety. You can create a fully equipped work environment for your employees while achieving code compliance.

Other Valuable SnapCab pod Benefits

SnapCab Workspaces are fast and easy to install. Besides the plug-and-play connectivity, they feature a modular design and clear labeling that simplifies the on-site assembly process. They also include heavy-duty casters that allow you to wheel them to wherever you need them. If you decide to remodel your office at some point, you can also upgrade the pod wall panels easily to coordinate with your new office layout and design.

Our pods come in a variety of sizes — whether you need to create individual workspaces, one-on-one meeting rooms or conference areas for team collaboration, you’ll find the right solution for your needs. You can also choose from a variety of colors, as well as premium finishes such as Corning® Gorilla® Glass (available for a small upcharge). If you prefer, you can select a blank canvas that allows you to create a custom finish that contains your brand, logo or anything else you desire.

Contact Us to Learn More About Our Code-Compliant Pods

Learn more about how SnapCab pods can provide the ideal solution for your office space requirements and ensure code compliance. Contact us for additional information and a no-obligation quote today.

Video Transcript

Pods have 2 main testings.

One is the UL rating and you can find that on the UL website, very easily.

We’ve got here an example of what the UL website looks like and there is one of our entries to furniture powered, and non-powered.

Here is the certificate number over here, E502865.

Pods are tested to UL standard 962 and in doing that they looked at fire and smoke, electrical, impact resistant; table low testing, personal safety assessment and they did a lot of stability testing on it as well.

The seismic testing was carried out by critical structures, whose report is here on my screen.

And it covers, as it says, the stability and anchorage of all three sizes of the SnapCab Pod.

It’s very current and here is the inspectors stamp.

They went into great detail and were very impressed with the performance of all of the pods.

The floor hatch access to the power supply is code compliant in Chicago.

The 100 bolt DC cable with multiple outlets is a single molded piece and leads directly to the under floor compartment with a single lift up plate which an inspector can easily access.

This is all low voltage wire, again it meets the UL code, which can be easily placed in the canopy in the walls.

Lean Conference Room

Companies and organizations everywhere are looking for ways to create a “leaner” work environment to reduce costs and increase operating efficiency, which is driving the trend toward choosing an open office floorplan. While an open office layout is typically much cheaper than a more traditional closed office, it does offer one significant disadvantage: a lack of conference room space.

SnapCab Workspaces can offer the ideal solution by allowing you to create cost-effective lean conference rooms and move them to wherever you need them in your facility. You can also choose a smaller office floorplan because you won’t need extra space for dedicated conference rooms, which can save you thousands of dollars per month in rent.

Using a SnapCab pod as a lean conference room can also save you time. Because of its mobility — each pod includes casters that make it easy to roll across the floor — you can place it closer to your workers’ location. They won’t have to walk across the facility to attend a meeting, which can add several minutes of productive time to their schedules. The proximity of the Workspace makes it easier to hold impromptu meetings to address an issue that requires immediate attention.

Our Lean Conference Room Options

SnapCab offers two pod sizes that can serve as lean conference rooms:

  • Meet 4: With an interior dimension of just under 24 square feet, our Pod M is the perfect size to accommodate smaller meetings or work groups consisting of two to four individuals.
  • Meet 6: Our largest pod, the Pod L model provides nearly 36 square feet of interior workspace, which is ideal for groups of four to six individuals.

Both models will provide quiet, stand-alone rooms that are perfect for meetings or conferences. They feature sound-absorbing walls to ensure privacy, as well as plug-and-play electrical connectivity to accommodate laptops, cellphones, printers and whatever else you and your staff needs for a successful and productive gathering.

Additional SnapCab Lean Conference Room Benefits

All SnapCab Workspaces feature a solid aluminum frame and wood panel construction that ensure excellent durability. They’re also strong enough to hold shelving, tables and other objects. You’ll appreciate the modular design that allows you to set up and install a lean conference room in almost no time. Purchasing a pod or two is much more cost-effective than integrating “permanent” office space into your existing open office layout.

Create a Custom Lean Conference Room Design

Our pods are also completely customizable. Choose from muliple laminate options for the panels and a wide variety of finish options, including Corning® Gorilla® Glass. When the time comes to renovate or expand your facility, you can upgrade your pods to complement your new design concept or updated branding.

Contact Us to Learn More About Our Lean Conference Rooms

Feel free to contact us to learn more about how our mobile pods can provide the ideal conference room solution for your open office layout. We’ll be happy to discuss your customization requirements and supply a no-obligation quote.

Video Transcript

The other thing about these pods is this less than 4 feet by 4 feet, that is 12 square feet.

The amount of space that people pay for in these offices in some locations is incredible.

And then it’s mobile so there is less walking to get to your location where you want to have the meeting.

It’s very close.

If you have a group of people in your open office that work together, they can jump into one of our L pods or M pods and have a quick meeting.

SnapCabs at TED Talks

SnapCab Pods made an appearance at the annual TED conference, where some of the world’s greatest ideas come together. We provided conference goers with two SnapCab pods. Find out what happens at TED, who attends and how SnapCabs enhanced the experience.

What Happens at TED?

The five-day TED conference hosted more than 1,000 attendees at the Vancouver Convention Centre. TED focuses on three groups of ideas — technology, entertainment and design. It highlights TED’s signature TED Talks, featuring more than 70 of these presentations live. Attendees take part in a full experience that includes luxurious meals, free gift bags, workshops and cutting-edge tech demonstrations. The installations featured at TED included our SnapCab pods.

Who Else Attended the TED Conference?

In addition to major names like Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, a familiar name also attended TED — our partner, Steelcase. They hosted an art exhibit featuring a collaborative mural created by artists and attendees. Conference goers could request to appear on the mural, and the artists would add them over time. Steelcase’s exhibition demonstrated the power of collaborative spaces in art and real life.

How Did Conference Goers Use SnapCab pods?

People who attended TED2019 made the most out our SnapCab pod installation. Our pods had occupants almost continuously because of their versatility and sound absorbing qualities. Attendees used our pods to:

  • Call coworkers, collaborators, friends and loved ones
  • Get work done in a quiet space
  • Take a few moments to themselves
  • Hold temporary remote meetings
  • And more

Even the greatest innovators need a moment of peace. We proudly gave attendees a space to get away from the business of the conference.

What Benefits Do SnapCab Pods Provide at Large Events?

Just like TED, you can use SnapCab pods to add a quiet space to your conference or another type of event. Our pods come in three sizes that can serve different purposes. While we provided TED with the Pod S, you can mix and match sizes to get the most out of the pod. Give your attendees space to:

  • Work: Event attendees can use pods equipped with power outlets, seating and tables to complete quick work tasks.
  • Communicate: The sound absorbing properties of the SnapCab pod make it an ideal quiet space to make audio and video calls.
  • Collaborate: Add a Pod M or Pod S to your event floor to give attendees the opportunity to work together in their own space.
  • Relax: A Pod can provide much-needed quiet when an event such as a conference gets busy.

Simply put, SnapCab pods serve the same purpose as a quiet room, but with better versatility and affordability. Your pod can become just about anything you envision for your event space.

Where Can I Learn More About SnapCab pods?

You can visit our website for comprehensive information on our pods and their uses. Our pod pages include specifications, benefits and inspiration that help you understand how to get the most out of our popular product. Ready to add a Pod to your event space? Complete our form to request a quote.

Your Complete Guide to Elevator Renovations

If you think elevators are just a way to get from point A to point B while avoiding those laborious stairs, think again.

Elevators serve as a portal for your building’s or office’s guests. They hold a transportive quality as much as a transportation one, created to complement and enhance the overall design of your space.

In fact, a commercial elevator’s branding potential is one of the reasons organizations turn to renovations. With the goal to design and install a more modern, complete and representative cab, companies search elevator cab interior companies to service their needs and execute their vision.

Learn the ins and outs of the elevator cab remodeling process, from measuring pieces and picking interior panel designs to installing and maintaining the final modular system with this end-to-end elevator renovation guide.

Why Renovate Elevator Cab Interiors?

Commercial elevator interiors undergo remodels for several reasons:

  • Because a new company or organization moved in: Businesses moving into office space for the first time seek modern office design ideas to put their mark on the space. One of the best ways to achieve that spatial signature early on is through unique, custom elevator panels, walls and ceilings designed exclusively for that company.
  • Because a business has rebranded: Organizations may have recently tweaked their logos, color schemes, or any other visuals associated with its name. These branding changes should be reflected throughout the office. Walls might be repainted, furniture replaced, and artwork swapped for newer, brand-enhancing patterns and templates. Remodeling all elevator interiors adds a finishing touch to the physical rebrand, ensuring every corner of the office represents the new look.
  • Because a company is making overall renovations: Larger-scale office or business renovations often introduce the option to enhance current architectural features alongside new or expanded spaces. Elevator cab renovations are a particularly cost-effective add-on to overall building renovations, costing a fraction of what other improvements do yet reflecting the wider change.
  • Because of compliance concerns: Elevator interiors are subject to a range of building codes. Specifically, elevators need to adhere to spatial, materials, ADA, and mandates such as meeting local fire codes and weight-capacity limits. If a current elevator isn’t up to compliance statutes, a renovation is in order.
  • Because it’s time for something new: With or without additional renovations occurring, elevators can be a blank template for organizations to imprint a little personality and flair. Elevator cabs help differentiate your space from others, all while maintaining their core transportation function.

How Much Does Elevator Remodeling Cost?

Overall, elevator interior refurbishment tends to come in two forms — individual panel replacement or complete renovation. Depending on the type of elevator renovations conducted, costs will vary.

  • Elevator panel replacement costs: Most elevator interiors are made up of three parts — the wall panels, ceiling panels and elevator floor. Walls panels are especially susceptible to damage over time, either from natural wear and tear or from aggravated acts, such as vandalism. When this is the case, businesses may opt for an individual or a handful of panel replacements rather than redoing the entire elevator interior. SnapCab, an elevator cab company, produces their elevator systems from an interlocking modular design. This means that if the need for replacement panels strikes, organizations quite literally “pop out” the damaged wall panel and “pop in” the new one.
  • Complete elevator cab renovation cost: A complete cab renovation will be more expensive than wall, floor, or ceiling panel replacements. The exact quote will depend primarily on the size of the elevator, its capacity and the materials used, plus the number of customizations and any additional servicing the client requests.

For more information on elevator interior remodeling costs and pricing structures, visit SnapCab’s Request-a-Quote portal.

How to Renovate an Elevator

Regardless of the motive, breathe new life into your organization’s elevator interiors by following these core design, preparation and installation remodeling steps.

1. Measure Your Interior Cab Components

Measuring an elevator interior is the first and foundational step of the entire renovation process. Your elevator maintenance company, typically the installer for your new interior, would perform this survey.

Accurate measurements ensure wall and ceiling panels are cut and fitted to size. Come the day of installation, individual pieces will then easily “snap” together, forming the cohesive and customized finished interior yet dramatically reducing actual time of installation from the industry’s four-day average down to one with the SnapCab system.

Overall, measuring your elevator’s cab shell dimensions will entail many details and require some additional items such as:

  • Cab shell construction
  • Elevator door position
  • Toe kick arrangement
  • Existing canopy and ceiling information
  • Front wall dimensions and elevator components

2. Select Your Interior Cab Design

Experienced elevator cab companies present a design catalog or online showroom for clients to use as inspiration for their own modified designs. Likewise, customers can book a design session to delve further into colors, patterns, textures and cab panel materials at their disposal.

The makeup of elevator interior designs will mainly account for:

  • Wall panel designs (horizontal or vertical look)
  • Wall panel material, color, and pattern options
  • Reveal and toe kick finishes
  • Handrail and bumper rail finish and sizes
  • Ceiling and lighting design
  • Ceiling material and finishes

Consider requesting presentation boards or 3D renderings of your design. This provides a better indication of your elevator’s renovated design in real life, as well as lets you get a feel for actual material samples before they become a fixture of your building.

3. Double Check Regulations

Ensure your new design is in full compliance with all building or industry-relevant regulations. Your elevator servicer should be able to assist with any compliance checks regarding the layout, lighting, size, materials and detail work for a compliant cab.

4. Place Your Order

Submit your final design specs to your company rep. Make certain you detail any modifications or specifications that need to be made to a standard designed model. You should also communicate to your elevator installer if there are any existing fixtures such as cameras, bulletin boards, etc. that need to be reinstalled or removed when the new interior is installed.

5. Prepare the Elevator Interior

Elevator cabs require a few steps of preparation before new panels and components can be placed:

  • Drop cloth placement: Your installer should lay a drop cloth along the elevator’s floor to catch dirt and debris as they work. This also ensures the elevator floor remains damage-free during demolition.
  • Demolition: The demolition phase of a new elevator interior installation involves individually removing and discarding old interior panels, plus any other aesthetic components that will not be used in the new design. It does not mean taking a sledgehammer to your elevator walls.
  • Wall inspection: Evaluating the cab’s base walls — what remains after removing the old paneling — for protrusions or any other surface damage.

6. Conduct Interior Installation

Interior cab installation will be a step-by-step process following tailored directions. It includes preparing and replacing the main components of an elevator interior:

  • Wall panels
  • Elevator ceiling
  • Handrails
  • Flooring (commonly by a flooring contractor after new interiors are installed)

Continue reading for more detailed elevator cab installation steps or watch this SnapCab® Elevator installation video.

What to Look for in an Elevator Redesign Company

Choosing the right elevator renovation partner will help determine if the project stays on track, on budget and on time. Know how to properly vet and pick that provider by looking for the following.

1. End-to-End Servicing

Some elevator companies may only perform a handful of design and fabrication services. Others may provide certified elevator installers, designers and architects — but at extra costs.

Instead, look for a company with clear and transparent end-to-end services you can rely on from the onset, including:

  • Design consultations, showrooms
  • Material samples
  • Presentation boards
  • Certified installers

2. Customization

Does the elevator renovator offer an extensive product catalog that gives you plenty of options to achieve your refurbished vision? Can they go “off script,” tailoring unique styles, materials and finishes to your tastes? Depending on your business needs, a template design may not cut it, in which case a partner with in-house design affordances is necessary.

3. Warranty and Maintenance

Elevators receive continual use. Customers want to minimize that inevitable wear and tear to ensure their investment spans the years, without the need for frequent repairs or cosmetic patches.

Be sure your elevator remodeling company can provide you with:

  • Usage and care guides
  • Readily available panel replacements
  • A warranty that supports the craftsmanship of the product
  • Ongoing customer support

How to Pick and Design a New Elevator Interior

Designing the new look for your residential, office, hotel elevators — or anything in between — is an exciting and personalized process. Yet it can also be overwhelming, particularly for first-time renovators playing around with several design ideas.

Simplify the elevator cab redesign process by following this checklist:

  1. Pick an overall aesthetic: Contemporary or classic, minimalist or branded and bold, enter the elevator design stage with an idea of the kind of look you’re going for. Picking the desired aesthetic beforehand lends the language you’ll need to filter aesthetic decisions later, with a foundation for the overall ambiance you’re trying to achieve. This will also help the designers or reps at your selected renovation partner provide you with better design templates from their offerings.
  2. Consider core materials: Your selected overall aesthetic can help guide the material selection you want your refurbished primary and accent panels to be made from. Popular elevator panel materials include Corning® Gorilla® Glass; Rigidized® Metals; wood veneer in maple, walnut, cherry and others; laminate; and many more.
  3. Pick a color scheme: Depending on the selected materials, elevator panels can be further customized with a tailored color scheme. For example, panels made with laminates and Gorilla Glass can be pigmented to match or complement current branded color schemes, available in solid colors as well as textured or plain patterns.
  4. Don’t forget finishes: Matte, gloss, textured, reflective, brushed, fine grain — these are just a few panel finishes an elevator cab designer can take you through after selecting core materials and color schemes.
  5. Add form with function: Consider final touches for your elevator walls, such as accent mirrors, fine-grain wood paneling details, branded images or artwork, or something else entirely.

Take Commercial Elevator Interior Remodeling to the Next Level with SnapCab

SnapCab’s modular elevator system revolutionized interior cab possibilities, giving clients more say — and more savings — in the look of their new interior. SnapCab maintains a nation-wide network of certified elevator installers, giving end-users peace of mind.

Our customers’ happiness is our top priority. Let us prove how easy, enjoyable and cost-effective an elevator interior renovation can be. Explore our extensive elevator design showroom, then reach out to a SnapCab elevator specialist for more information or to book a design session today.

We Are SnapCab – Meet Pierre

Meet Pierre Seynhaeve, Shop Foreman

When it comes to the role of elevator interior shop foreman, Pierre Seynhaeve is responsible for a lot.

From overseeing production of the metal, panel, ceiling, CNC, and custom departments, to staff training and scheduling, participating in daily Gemba walks, and improving efficiencies with the quality assurance, maintenance and engineering departments, Pierre does whatever it takes to keep things moving forward.

But, with his calm and humble demeanor, he takes on the complex role with ease and appreciation.

“I love a good challenge,” he says. “Every day there is an opportunity to come to work and make things better. We want to manufacture high-quality products in an efficient and safe way. It’s fun to work on improving our processes and getting the flow right.”

Pierre’s focus on creating and providing quality products started at an early age. Originally from France, Pierre graduated from a specialized trade school called Les Compagnons du Devoir et du Tour de France. While there, he pursued cabinet-making and woodworking and was selected to work as a high-end cabinet-maker for a company in the United States.

In 2013, after several years honing his impressive skills in the workforce, Pierre joined SnapCab and became part of the research and development and production teams.

“That position became very busy,” he laughs. As SnapCab grew, so did Pierre’s role and soon he was offered the position of shop foreman.

“It’s exciting to know you’re leading a process,” Pierre says. “One of my favorite parts of the job is seeing my teammates grow their skills. When I see people getting better at their jobs it means we are doing the right things.”

SnapCab General Manager and Pierre’s direct supervisor, Joe Danko, mirrored this sentiment and credits Pierre for his leadership and mentoring skills.

“Something that I really admire about Pierre is his humility,” Joe says. “He’s so humble for someone who is so experienced in his craft. 

“When I first met Pierre, I was absolutely impressed by his knowledge and skill, but what struck me, even more, was the way he coaches others,” he adds. “It speaks highly to his willingness to be extremely supportive of employees. He wants to make sure employees have what they need to be successful.”

Coincidentally, that’s exactly what Pierre said he likes most about working for SnapCab.

“SnapCab is supportive in many ways, including always making sure I get the training I need to do the best job,” Pierre says. “They didn’t just give me the position and tell me to go. They provided me with six months of lean manufacturing training, and I’m part of lean business group that meets once every two months.

“Plus, two years ago I had the opportunity to learn more about lean manufacturing in Japan,” he adds. “It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and amazing training. I’m now trying to support everyone in every way I can.”

Pierre continually draws upon his lean training to improve processes and educate others.

“Lean manufacturing is not only about big machinery or general flow,” he says. “It’s also about the details. Small improvements that take two minutes to complete can sometimes have a bigger impact than purchasing expensive equipment.”

For example, recently a technician developed a lean solution by creating a specialized tool from a scrap piece of plywood and some strategic cuts. The tool will help him properly measure a specific product from here on out. In only a few minutes of creative thinking, the technician now has a mistake-proof process.

“Lean manufacturing only works if everyone is engaged through the company from top to bottom, left to right,” Pierre says. “At SnapCab, we have a lean mindset.”

When he’s not at work, Pierre spends his time with his wife Shannan and daughters Isabella and Ariana, as well as swimming and playing soccer.

And, you can rest assured that whenever Pierre has the opportunity to take an elevator – whether it be in a hotel, mall or office building – he takes it.

“There’s no taking the stairs for me,” he laughs. “When I’m in an elevator, I’m looking at every detail for possible improvement. But, if I’m in a SnapCab, I don’t have to worry because it’s always perfect.”  

Ways to Take Your Meeting Space to the Next Level

When you’re trying to impress a new client or onboard a new team member, you need a meeting location that catches the eye and makes guests feel calm and invited. Instead of white walls and poor lighting, you can take your meeting space to the next level with Pods, Portals and other design features.

Modern Conference Room Designs With Pods

Today’s modern offices often utilize an open floor concept. If you don’t have any private office space, it can be difficult to hold a meeting — especially one that you want to keep private. Movable Pods from SnapCab® solve that issue. Our Pods are modern, sleek and sound-absorbing, and you can design them to fit your taste and overall office design. Since the Pods are mounted on wheels, it makes it easy to move your Pod to different locations in your building.

How to Take Your Meetings to the Next Level

Installing your Pods is the first half of the equation. Next, you need to figure out ways to take your meeting space to the next level. At SnapCab, we can help you design the Pods to match any decor once you choose the size of the Pod and the color or pattern of your exterior wall panels. You’ll get to choose from optional acoustic panels, hundreds of laminate colors and Corning® Gorilla® Glass.

If you’re still wondering how to enhance your meeting spaces, try out some of these tips:

  • Add in-room equipment: Make sure your Pod is equipped with all the technology you need, such as screens, projectors and video conferencing. Also, choose the right-size Pod that’s well-equipped to hold the number of people you need in the meeting as well as furniture.
  • Invest in comfortable chairs: No one wants to sit in drab, uncomfortable chairs, even if it’s part of a modern conference room design. Comfortable and supportive seats will produce longer discussion and leave a better impression.
  • Adjust the lights: You get to design your Pod the way you want, including the lighting. Choose from the standard dimmable downlight or upgrade to dimmable indirect LED lights along the back and side walls.
  • Offer amenities: Impress your clients and new hires by offering amenities like drinks and snacks with your branding.
  • Match your brand: One of the easiest ways to impress your guests is to create a modern conference room design that matches your brand. You can design your Pod to fit the rest of your office down to the exact brand colors and message.

Unique Places to Use Movable Pods

Movable Pods are a cool conference room idea, but they can be used for so much more. Take your Pods to an event or even make them a part of your restaurant or hotel for a quiet space. You can also use them in a library or school to create an area where students can work free of distractions. Contact us today to learn more about our Pods and how to use them.

Where to Buy Elevator Wall Panels That Last

Buying the right elevator panels can make or break your passenger experience. A carefully crafted and thought-out design will leave your visitors, employees and partners feeling welcomed and impressed.

However, the first step in creating an unforgettable ride is knowing how and where to buy interior elevator panels. That’s why we put this guide together. Keep reading to learn about the panels we offer and the benefits of SnapCab interiors.

Interior Elevator Wall Panels

Interior wall panels are the fashion statement of your elevator. What do you want your elevator to say to its passengers? Designing an intentional and alluring elevator wall panel interior sends a stronger message than you may think.

How to Buy Elevator Panels

Buying elevator panels is easy once you know what you’re looking for. Before you go to purchase wall panels, it’s helpful to know your options. Asking yourself the following questions will help you figure out what you want:

  1. What kind of lighting and color scheme do I envision?
  2. How do I want to represent my brand in my elevator?
  3. What materials would best compliment our office design?
  4. What is my budget?
  5. Who will install my interiors?

Answering these questions will help you learn how to buy the right wall panels for your elevator. We offer free elevator design services and are more than happy to help with your vision.

Custom Elevator Panels With Benefits

Our interior elevator panels come with a long list of benefits, including:

  • Free Design Process: We’re all about offering custom elevator panels to bring your vision to life. You can choose from stainless steel, laminate, wood veneer, Gorilla® Glass, and more. Check out our showroom to see what we’ve created for past customers.
  • Easy Installation: We hold the fastest installation time in our industry. An elevator installation company will install your new wall panels faster than you can imagine. This means less downtime for your elevator and more wow time for your riders! If your elevator maintenance company is not the right fit for installing your interiors, contact us and we can provide a referral.
  • Effortless Maintenance: Our elevator wall panels are high-quality and we created this maintenance guide to help you care for your elevator interiors.

Why Elevator Wall Panels from Us?

SnapCab is an established, proven and reliable elevator panel partner. We have more than 15,000 elevator interiors installed across North America and delivering an unparalleled customer experience is part of SnapCab’s core. When you need new interior panels, we’ll have you covered.

Ready to Buy Elevator Interior Panels?

If you have any questions about our options or are interested in speaking with a design specialist, contact us today.

What Are Movable Work Pods?

Today’s open office concepts often create more productivity issues than they solve. One study found that open office concepts led to more text messages, more emails and less interaction and collaboration between coworkers. If you still want an open office concept, you can use movable office Pods to increase productivity while keeping the floor plan you have in mind.

Movable Office Pods

Movable office Pods from SnapCab® are standalone quiet spaces on wheels. They come in a variety of sizes, and you can use them as study areas, phone booths, meeting spaces and more. Additional features of these Pods include:

  • Customization: You can personalize the Pods to fit your office’s design.
  • Easy relocation: Any time you want to create a new layout, you simply wheel the Pods into place.
  • Sound absorption: Open offices include many distractions such as phone calls, employee conversations and background noise. Sound-absorbing Pods from SnapCab can fix that issue.
  • Quick updates: When you update your office or change the decor, you can change your Pod too. Simply switch out the exterior wall panels with a new color or image.

With our Pods, you’ll get all the benefits of open space mixed with the option for privacy. Employees who find an open office concept distracting can work in a Pod, make a phone call or even meet with clients or other co-workers in a quiet space. Your employees’ productivity can soar again with a Pod that lets them get the quiet space they need to work efficiently.

Tips on How to Use Office Pods

There are a variety of ways to make an office feel like home using Pods. Try following these tips on how to use office Pods to create a peaceful and more productive space:

  • Include communal quiet areas: The Pod doesn’t have to be the only quiet space in the office. You can design a section of the office to operate as a quiet area for employees who need it. Adding Pods to that space gives employees more options for privacy.
  • Incorporate seamless furniture: Today’s office spaces use a variety of design styles to make employees feel like they’re at home. With customized Pods, you can add furniture and other decor that makes the office more inviting and creates a seamless look.
  • Remember study areas: Offices aren’t the only spaces that can use Pods. Colleges and libraries can install Pods as study areas for students needing a quiet place, and if it’s appropriate for the kind of work you do, you can include these areas as well.
  • Provide conference rooms: Some meetings require a private space, like performance evaluations and important conference calls. A Pod from SnapCab is the perfect place to hold a private meeting.

Benefits of Movable Office Pods

When you install our movable office Pods, you can start to reap the benefits of them right away. From easy installation and mobility to increased privacy and productivity, Pods will help you upgrade your open office space to one that makes people feel more comfortable. Request more information about our movable office Pods and how they can make your office feel like home.