Where Do I Fit in the Elevator Interior Process?

It’s not every day you need a new elevator cab interior, one complete with panels, ceilings and finishes customized to your liking and enhancing your building’s aesthetic.

At SnapCab®, we get that. We field questions from building managers to commissioned architects alike who are refurbishing and engineering their building’s cabs. They’re looking for interiors that are on-brand, convenient to install and compliant, adhering to the rigid weight, size and material requirements of area building codes.

Ordering an elevator design is filled with concerns like these, and an elevator interior company should have the solutions.

We’re breaking down the three primary stages that bring an elevator interior from inception to operation — design, order and installation. We’ll explore how the right elevator cab design company connects the dots between those stages and their key players, ensuring you know where you fit in the interior process, have your questions answered and are on your way to a custom cab.

 

Who Is Involved in the Elevator Interior Design Process?

First things first — who is involved in the design or redesign of an elevator’s wall panels, ceiling, and rails, and where do I fit in?

SnapCab Works with a hanful of primary parties

SnapCab works with a handful of primary parties to complete every elevator interior ordered smoothly and seamlessly. With more than 15,000 elevator interiors on our resume, we’ve helped design, fabricate and install original panel models to bring these customers’ visions to life.

After all, elevators don’t just lift people between floors. They draw the eye, hold attention, enhance your businesses’ brand, brighten a space, convey an atmosphere and act as a portal between where customers, visitors and guests start, then get where they’re going — all within your walls.

To see this to fruition, SnapCab helps weave many individuals’ insights and expertise together to curate an elevator interior ideal for your space. Here are six of them.

1. Building Owner (BO)

Building owners have many responsibilities when it comes to elevator interior remodeling or designing.

They provide overall decision making and direction on the look and feel of the interior design, as well as sizing and other timeline stipulations or project benchmarks. Ideally, that design matches a budget they’ve set and accounts for the various materials, manufacturing, transportation and on-site installation of the cab model, with a little wiggle room in the event of a change order.

BOs often approach SnapCab with interior elevator design ideas or remodeling needs in hand but no partner to translate it onto paper. Many require guidance to determine the exact elevator interior materials conducive and compliant to their vision, plus someone to help conduct site reviews, write proposals and negotiate installation vendor or contractor agreements. SnapCab can help BOs do all this, and more.

2. Property Manager (PM)

Property managers ensure elevators are running smoothly. This is one of their key domains — the daily oversight and management of these mechanisms, alongside the general appearance, cleanliness, functionality and more of elevators under their helms.

Most property managers deal with elevators when they aren’t doing what they’re supposed to. Tenants may file complaints or building guests could report that an elevator isn’t operational. It then falls on PMs to reach out to elevator maintenance companies or call a technician to fix the problem, overseeing the repair until resolution.

When it comes to new or refurbished elevator interiors, PMs lend key insights into the everyday usage and functionality of interiors. SnapCab helps ensure any PMs are involved in early consultations, where these usage insights become practical knowledge on what kinds of materials will be most durable, most compliant and most convenient to maintain during peak usage and conditions.

3. Elevator Interior Designer/Architect

SnapCab is routinely approached by architects, commissioned by contractors, PMs or BOs on the lookout for a one-stop elevator interior resource. We assist in making your professional designs feasible. This is accomplished through our state-of-the-art industry showroom, one-on-one design consultations, a catalog of wall panel designs and materials for architects and designers to get their hands and eyes on, all to make a more informed decision.

4. Elevator Consultant

Elevator consultants step into the fold to produce detailed, client and building elevator specs for commissioned cab interiors.

Elevator Consultants

Their knowledge covers a range of regulatory, safety and security points essential for an individual cab and lift to be up to code. This means anything from detailing safe engineering and mechanical components to testing elevator efficiency and cab capacities. Elevator consultants are also responsible for ensuring the actual elevator operations are in accordance with BOs’ and PMs’ building needs, as well as interior designers’ aesthetic requests. Once harmonized, you have an elevator with interior panels, ceilings and finishes that will run safe and secure.

Elevator consultants are hired and work on behalf of BOs. They assist PMs in the technical operations and security of whole elevator vertical systems, lending the sort of system-wide elevator expertise the others in the elevator interior design process may have technical blind spots to.

5. Elevator Maintenance Company (EMC)

Full-service elevator maintenance companies provide installation, preventative maintenance, repairs and refurbishment on new and in-use elevators. They are the on-site operations experts, executing the mechanical needs of elevators and ensuring they’re safely and compliantly installed.

SnapCab works with EMCs on a few levels. First, we can match EMCs on behalf of our independent clients, relaying approved designs, setting up orders, fabricating panels and transporting them for on-site installation, which the EMC takes care of. We also work directly with EMCs themselves on their own orders for their own customers, facilitating all the above. Furthermore, we can provide install assistance to help train EMC elevator technicians and mechanics on our simple, patented interlocking wall panels.

We most often see EMCs approach us with elevator paneling requests for their own clientele. Often, individuals reach out to them for a new or remodeled elevator cab. In these cases, EMCs need a design and fabrication cab partner with a mind for easy, intuitive installs — which is exactly what SnapCab does.

We sell our fabricated elevator interior systems to EMCs. This means independent customers who approach us in need of new or refurbished elevator interiors are matched with the right EMC to assure proper installation and maintenance, while we help take care of the design, compliance tests and material fabrication. All this provides maximum expertise and attention at every step of the elevator-design process, so all client types get the best product, always.

6. Interior Specialists

Our interior specialists are at the heart of SnapCab’s elevator interior design process.

Interior specialists are the liaisons between all the parties mentioned above. Regardless if you’re a BO, a PM, a commissioned architect, an elevator consultant, or an EMC tasked with an elevator cab refurbishment, SnapCab interior specialists are here to help. We connect and coordinate cab interior designs with each professional to meet the right timelines — and at the right price.

That’s our job, and we’ve been doing it for decades.

Elevator Interior Design Stage One: Designing

Everyone who reaches out to SnapCab for elevator cab remodeling goes through a step-by-step system created for the utmost ease, convenience and compliance on your part.

What will that process look like for you if you’re at stage one — design — of reconfiguring your elevator cab? It varies depending on your position.

1. For BOs or PMs

Building owners and property managers are often the first to spot the need for a new elevator cab.

Current panels may need modernization, finishes may be fading and laminate might be scratched or scuffed. In any of these cases — and more — SnapCab aims to make a reengineered elevator interior a fun and feasible process, not another management headache. The steps are as follows:

  • Build the Design: Using our online showroom design tool, you filter through and select from pre-fabricated cab models, complete with panels, ceilings and finishes. Pick what you like, from colors and features to sheens and handrail details.
  • Get a Consultation:Schedule a design consultation where we walk through projected materials, compliance codes, weights, configurations, your budget and more.
  • Receive the Presentation Board: You’ll receive a free design rendering or presentation board. This lays out your final cab design, complete with photos of your mock elevator interior for you to assess.
  • Approve the Final Design: Review the final design proposal. Once the design is finalized, we coordinate with an EMC to provide you pricing, lead-times, and installation.

2. For Designers and Architects

Designers and architects

Interior designers and architects come to us with a vision for their cabs. They provide the template, and we provide the technicalities and materials to see that vision to fruition.

Designers and architects can work in our online showroom design tool if needed. Or, you can opt for hands-on material samples, specs and physical design boards right away, working amongst our vast catalog of cab materials to select those best aligning with your ideas.

Receive budgetary pricing by requesting a quote online, or schedule a design consultation where we walk through projected materials, compliance codes, weights, configurations, your budget and more. This helps to ensure your selected design is in line with your client’s budget.

3. For Elevator Consultants

Hired by either the BO or the PM, elevator consultants are essential to the design stage. They pay attention to the compliance, mechanical and operational requirements of initial cab designs, ensuring a blueprint will work within your specific building.

Whether they’re brought on for an elevator interior remodel or the design of a brand new, ultra-efficient elevator system, consultants will draw detailed specs and outline necessary compliance requirements for interior components. This is similar to designers and architects, but with a focus on safety and operational efficiency rather than aesthetics or atmosphere.

4. For EMCs

Like property managers or building owners, EMCs in the design stage can begin building their elevator cabs using our online showroom tools, forms and quote request, or through an in-person consultation. In both cases, a SnapCab interior specialist will review the order, begin drawing up the presentation board and gather material samples tailored to your instructions.

You’ll receive your renderings and samples quickly, keeping your specified project timeline on track. As an EMC, we sell our pre-fabricated cabs directly to you down the line, once final designs are approved.

Elevator Interior Design Stage Two: Ordering

SnapCab handles its own elevator wall panel and elevator ceiling panel fabrication. This means when it’s time for cab interior design stage two — ordering — we have in-house, end-to-end fabrication capabilities to bring your design off the spec page and into life.

We also test all our materials and elevator system components to ensure compliance — we don’t skirt protocol here. Each order will be up to code, meet cab weight requirements and provide peace-of-mind that you and your customers are getting the safest elevator interior on the market.

1. For BOs and PMs

After you’ve received your presentation board and approved final design proofs, it’s time to coordinate your order with an EMC.

SnapCab elevator consultants will help match you with one of our certified EMCs to complete the order transaction. We know not everyone is an elevator technician — and you don’t have to be. Elevator maintenance companies in your area can offer full-service order guidance and installation of our pre-fabricated systems, meaning one less thing for you to worry about.

2. For Designers and Architects

After you’ve shared your vision, reviewed design specs, hand-selected cab panel materials and approved final design and compliance boards with all parties (BOs, PMs and elevator consultants), architects can give themselves a pat on the back. You’ve crossed your T’s and dotted your I’s as much as possible. Your vision will be transferred into the hands of installation and technical experts who will see if off the page and into life.

3. For Elevator Consultants

Elevator consultants’ technical savvy directs key mechanical and compliance components that will make up both the refurbished cab interior and exterior. To do so, consultants are intimately involved in the design process, working with a BOs, PMs, designers and architects to ensure function matches form.

SnapCab can work as a liaison between you and all other parties, making sure each ordered interior component has been tested for compliance and satisfies everyone’s’ expectations. They’re your specs, after all — we’ll just help you perfect them.

4. For EMCs

SnapCab’s order forms are built to be as intuitive as possible. To help complete orders for your range of clients, we can take you through our ordering system. These forms cover the gamut of information we need to build correct panels, handrails, bumpers and ceiling pieces for a redone interior — and for your happy clients.

While there is no single piece of information more important than others on elevator interior order forms, it’s essential to double check the measurements you provide, as well as provide delivery needs on your project. No detail is too small when it comes to on-brand, on-scale elevator cabs.

Elevator Interior Design Stage Three: Installation

SnapCab’s services round out the elevator refurbishment process into its final stage: installation.

Installing your new or remodeled cab interior requires the expertise of elevator technicians and mechanics. This is why SnapCab puts so much effort into connecting customers with trusted EMCs with the materials and panel pieces they need to get the job done for their own projects.

1. For BOs and PMs

On the day of installation, your mind should be on serving the people or residents within your building, ensuring any downtime caused by the elevator makeover isn’t causing anything beyond a minor inconvenience.

can be installed in less then one day

You can arrange for the elevator maintenance company to arrive on location at a time that’s most convenient for all parties. There, installation crews will come equipped with full installation kits, tools, equipment and clean-up materials. You can sit back and relax, knowing your new cab is in good hands. In most situations, SnapCab elevator interiors can be installed in less than a day, reducing the impact on the people who rely on the elevator.

2. For Designers and Architects

Most of interior designers and architect’s work has wrapped up come installation day. However, this isn’t to say your insights and expertise don’t have value here.

Many architects we’ve worked with prefer to be on-site during installation day. They can bolster everything from compliance efforts to double checking the work being done has maintained design accuracy and detailing.

3. For Elevator Consultants

The consultant-SnapCab-EMC combo is critical to successfully installing the new or modernized elevator interior. While the EMCs perform the hands-on installation on that day, consultants survey the materials provided by SnapCab. Most pressingly, this includes ensuring that the wall and ceiling panels adhere to your specs, as well as overseeing the installation to ensure compliance. You can then sign off to the PM and/or the BO that installation was executed securely and all components are up to code.

4. For EMCs

SnapCab aims to make installation day as quick, efficient and effective as possible for the EMC field crew performing the install. So quick that we standardized the process to be done in under a day — even a few hours.

All components will arrive ready for placement. Following SnapCab’s propriety interlocking panel system, elevator technicians arrange and install panels into place inside the cab.

If needed, SnapCab can also send one of our interior specialists to perform install assistance, guiding mechanics through all piece placements.

We hear from our EMC partners all the time how it only takes one round of instruction for their technicians and field mechanics to learn SnapCab Elevator installation. Your time is precious, and timelines can be tight. We’re committed to keeping that reputation strong and meeting your needs alongside those of your clients, time after time.

An Elevator Cab Interior Company Ready

 

Whether you’re an architect, an elevator consultant, a building owner, a property manager or an EMC, SnapCab’s services work to take the burden of the cab interior refurbishment process off your sole shoulders.

With end-to-end guidance and a proprietary interlocking wall panel system, there’s a reason we’ve helped outfit over 15,000 cabs — and counting. Let’s make yours next.

Contact SnapCab to start a free elevator interior design demo today or reach out to one of our design consultants.

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Conference and Meeting Room Design Solutions Made Simple

As companies continue to adapt open-office design concepts to their business and employee needs, new conference and meeting room designs must keep pace. 

You want your space to fully capitalize on creativity while maintaining the collaboration and energy of open workspaces. However, designing conference and meeting rooms within open floor plans must wrangle another critical challenge: Incorporating space for focused, productive meetings that require technical solutions and isolation from the noise and bustle of the open office.

Today’s meeting rooms should have it all: privacy and functionality, noise and distraction reduction, comfortable work environments and contemporary audio-visual (AV) equipment — all wrapped up in a beautifully textured, colored and on-brand design. 

This may seem too good to be true for today’s ever-popular open-floor offices, but not anymore with panel-based SnapCab® Pods and Portals, the personalized meeting-room solution designed to fit your business’ evergreen spatial needs. 

Today's Meeting Rooms

Integrating form with function and aesthetics with top-of-the-line AV systems, you can design the perfect conference or meeting room using the following contemporary SnapCab products, tips and tricks guaranteed to create a space that wows your employees as well as your customers.

Typical Conference Room Design Concerns

There are a number of design hurdles offices face in creating meeting rooms that work within open-office floor plans.

Employees lack privacy alongside quiet, dedicated spaces for focused thinking and collaboration. Corporations often encounter difficulties in groups competing for limited meeting spaces. With only a handful of rooms available, you might find your small groups booking spaces meant to facilitate meetings of ten or more individuals — and vice versa, with large groups forced to squeeze into confined, impractical rooms. 

What’s more, noise and distractions are routinely cited as leading employee concerns in open-floor offices. When combined, these variables limit creativity, productivity and privacy.

Finding a resolution can be expensive, with high costs to lease multi-roomed corporate offices or to build brand new conference rooms. Plus, these traditional conference spaces sit in fixed locations that tend to be inflexible or challenging to renovate to meet changing office needs, with heavy furniture and static electronic components that often need maintenance and replacement to stay relevant.

How to Design a Conference Room That Fits Your Needs

When designing a conference room for today’s open offices, you will address many spatial concerns through strategic and stylish design hacks — ones that balance the natural flow and collaborative spirit of open floor plans while allotting purposeful, practical spaces that are affordable, fluid, easy to construct and technologically savvy. 

1. Understand Current Spatial Pain Points

The first step to configuring your perfect contemporary meeting rooms are designing for your team’s exact needs. 

For any project that has a design and construction component — like a conference or meeting room with AV design solutions — this sort of initial assessment goes a long way. It ensures your money is well spent and you’re satisfied for years to come with your conference room and AV outfitting.

The most effective way to assure that the final product of a new design comes out as envisioned — even one as “small” as a meeting room — is to outline explicit, strategic room purposes and specifications. In other words, seriously consider what spatial paint points you currently have alongside the meetings and activities this room will support — both today and tomorrow.

Are you in need of a conference room that satisfies:

  • Internal meetings between executives, managers, workgroups, committees and other teams.
  • Essential meetings with clients, with sales and technical presentations, as well as those with external vendors and contractors.
  • Training sessions, both for your products and procedures, external products and new office programs and technologies.
  • Sessions that require participant use of laptops, smartphones and other devices.
  • Board or shareholder meetings that include presentations of annual reports or confidential information.
  • Meetings with participants in remote locations.
  • Meetings that require recording sessions.
  • Business functions where food and beverages might be served.
  • Parties for employees, clients, investors and supplier partnerships, where the ambiance is critical to the success of the gathering.
  • Press conferences, large to small.
  • Seminars or workshops for employees and other developmental opportunities.

AV Solutions

It’s these exact needs for meeting spaces and AV equipment that will shape your conference room design requirements. The more detailed you can plan, the better — including internal room features: 

  • Tables, desks or work surfaces for large and small groups.
  • Relevant and comfortable seating, whether mobile or stationary.
  • Outlets for charging electronics.
  • Meeting-room seating arrangements and stylings, including classroom, auditorium, u-shaped, conference, square or banquet-style designs.
  • AV and recording affordances, as well as fully equipped media outfits that make multimedia presentations possible.
  • Teleconferences and/or video conferences.

The more you can identify your exact specific needs and meeting room pains you want solved, the more you can design a conference space tailored to do so.

2. Determine Your Meeting Room’s Features and Details Around Those Pain Points

By making a list of your room needs and potential feature requirements, you lay the groundwork for outlining the ultimate conference room solution. In this step, you’ll list design aspects and details for your conference room to function, both extensive and detailed.

This process can be completed by creating a two-column table with “Business Requirements” as the heading of one and “Feature Requirements” the heading of the other. Generally, a business requirement will feed one or more corresponding feature requirements.

For example, the business requirement for your meeting room design to accommodate internal meetings might include these corresponding features:

  • Rooms that cut out disturbances and outside noises.
  • Rooms that preserve privacy.
  • High-quality and attractive furniture.
  • Ample whiteboards for illustrating concepts and key points.
  • Storage space for pens, pencils and notepads.
  • Lighting options that adjust to varying times of the day and weather conditions.
  • Display capabilities to quickly post and change room schedules and user IDs.
  • Safety features that accommodate building-code requirements.
  • Ramps and doorways that meet specifications for those with physical disabilities.

 Conference Room Interior Design: Design for Your Audience and Wow Your Employees and Clients

With the functional planning aspects of your new office room or meeting space outlined, you can then move to the next design phase: conference room interior design.

Conference room design displays an artistic, inviting touch while creatively branding your office. From wall materials to paint colors and furniture textures, consider how you’ll need to make form match function in new meeting rooms: 

  • Whiteboard walls that cover specified surfaces, in purposeful places.
  • Attractive, modern equipment that can connect to the internet.
  • Video walls with one or more video screen panels that can display high-definition media.
  • Floor layouts that allow a comfortable number of furniture and people.
  • Interior design that matches the existing office, or complements particular features.
  • Company branding applied media walls and/or other panels.

The materials available for your walls and AV components should be visually appealing, inviting and inspire people who enter the conference space. Through aesthetics — colors, textures and lighting components — you create an atmosphere conducive to creativity, productivity and collaboration, with the following overall considerations:

choose colors

  • Choose colors based on branding elements, as subtly or boldly as you want. While many tout the advantages of neutral colors combined with a single, contrasting accent color, design opinions are as varied as your employees’ favorite colors themselves. In fact, there’s a whole science to understanding psychological effects of colors in office design.
  • Pick furniture textures and patterns that similarly match or complement the office. Do current desk chairs have fabric patterns you don’t want to clash? Does your office or do your meeting rooms contain artwork you can match? Consider these details in your furniture selections.
  • Select surface finishes that enhance the vibrancy and energy of a meeting space. From high-gloss finishes on glass walls to matte tables and chairs that don’t make the space appear heavy or busy, furniture finishes are another important aesthetic element to consider in your interior design.

1. Get Creative, but Don’t Lose Sight of Meeting Room Goals

Many aspects of design decisions are subjective. Including employees and leadership in the design process can help alleviate pressure on just one person and keep the design project moving on schedule.

In the design phase, make sure you don’t lose sight of addressing specific scenarios with functional elements. For example, smaller, informal employee meetings or one-on-one gatherings will use Pod designs and configurations differently than larger, boardroom style spaces. Each will require different design features inside the Pods:

  • Relevant seating amount and furniture type
  • Practical tables and work surfaces
  • Tailored multimedia affordances
  • Creative branding on walls, doors and furnishings

2. Add Sleek Technology

Whether an informal, collaborative session or a formal meeting, participants can write, sketch and collaborate on the Gorilla® Glass whiteboard surface of a Portal wall installed inside their workroom or Pod.

This added multimedia technologies can make meetings more effective with presentation panels and communications features, alongside other cutting-edge collaborative Portal technology: 

  • 65-inch 4K HD Smart TV
  • Bezel-less TV with flush mounted to the Gorilla® Glass surface
  • Glass speakers are built inside whiteboard panels to keep the entire surface sleek and seamless

If there are regulatory requirements specific to your industry, consider how they might impact business or functional operations for your meeting-room solution. There can be ways to elegantly craft panel-system technology to fulfill these needs.

3. Select the Right Furniture 

When it comes to furniture for your meeting room, select for comfort, functionality and a cohesive look aligned with your office’s other design elements.

Matching furniture to your design keeps the office consistent with its branding. That includes staying consistent with the visual weight of furniture, as well as color, fabric and materials like wood, metal and glass.

4. Include Noise-Reducing Design Technology

SnapCab Pods create much-needed quiet collaborative workspaces through their noise-reducing engineering. They’re a unique and cost-effective solution for open floor plan offices that need separate, convenient conference rooms that aren’t busy or domineering.

Innovative sound-absorbing panels filter outside noise from reaching inside. Participants can hear everyone in the Pod meeting space and any accompanying media. Distractions are reduced or eliminated. 

Furthermore, offices have additional methods at their disposal to reduce sound in open floor plans:

  • Noise-absorbing flooring, such as carpet, rugs, vinyl and some laminates.
  • Adding subtle white noise or ambient noises to counteract background sounds.
  • Plants placed to absorb some of the noise and contribute to oxygen levels in the office.

5. Conceal Clutter

The clean look of open-office concepts will only be maintained through minimizing clutter. For meeting and conference rooms, this often means concealing wires and any other office equipment that makes the room appear disheveled or unorganized.

As you plan your office layout and place furniture, think about where and how you can store wires out of sight. Consider if they can even be installed inside wall panels, as is the case with the technology included in SnapCab Portal installations.

In fact, all devices you may need to hook into your Portals can run through concealed USB and HDMI ports. Electronic plug-ins are all merged into a single location behind one panel, with options for further plug-ins and expansions down the road. 

6. Light, Amenities and Other Design Elements

Opt for room configurations and designs that optimize natural light. This is ideal for both its easiness on the eyes as well as its energy-saving budget benefits.

Choose blinds

Depending on the number of windows in your meeting space, consider blinds that allow you to vary the amount of sunlight that enters, plus look aesthetic and are easy for anyone to adjust.

For supplemental lighting, LED installations are designed to replicate natural sunlight. LED bulbs cost more up front than standard bulbs but pay for themselves in the long run. 

Additional amenities to consider for comfort and convenience in the design of your meeting room are:

  • A thermostat for heating and cooling comfort.
  • Storage in the form of floor or wall cabinets where AV equipment items, office supplies and beverages, food, napkins, cups and utensils can be conveniently stocked.

Create the Ultimate Conference Room with SnapCab Pods and Portal Multimedia Walls

Today, the integration of media into walls using slim-paneling technologies — in multiple configurations — is a key solution for your office’s conference room and AV design solutions.

These paneling systems conceal equipment while delivering professional presentation and communication functions. SnapCab Portal multimedia wall designs can add whiteboard, video and communication media surfaces to any office design.

Features of the SnapCab Portal multimedia wall include:

  • An easy-to-assemble interlocking panel system
  • Rigid aluminum substructure
  • Writable surface with a meeting space whiteboard wall
  • Connectivity for screen-sharing and idea display
  • Smooth glass speakers without grills or holes
  • Concealed USB and HDMI ports

In addition, SnapCab Pods mobile meeting spaces all onto themselves, offering a variety of flexible and customizable configurations you can change in real-time. Pod panels simply stack one on top of the other, and installation can be completed in a day. It’s that simple!

Contact SnapCab Today for Your Meeting-Space AV Solutions

SnapCab Pods and Portals are a twofold solution for your office’s spatial needs, both those existing today and set to emerge tomorrow.

With Pods, you get the convenience of flexible meeting room placed where you want, when you want. You can later move Pods as needed to other areas in the office, or keep them stationary for go-to small collaborative settings. They can be outfitted with Gorilla Glass and designed for on-brand colors and finishes, plus include sound-absorbing paneling for utmost meeting privacy.

Likewise, SnapCab Portals deliver high-quality, versatile multimedia walls installed wherever your office needs visual and audio technology. From behind a reception desk and in seated waiting areas to large-scale, multi-functional conference rooms, Panels are as attractive as they are useful.

SnapCab cares about its customers by bringing the most affordable, specialty office-space solutions to you. We take pride in delivering simplified spatial systems and committed craftsmanship through all our products. Our patented system of interlocking panels is engineered to make your office design, remodel or room facelift a snap.

Contact us for a free quote at 888-766-7834, or get in touch with one of our representatives today.

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5 Reasons Why SnapCab® Pods Are the Best Quiet Space Solution for Your Office

We see it time and time again. Offices designed with sleek, ultra-contemporary open concepts and expansive layouts. 

Open-concept offices are aesthetically pleasing and easy on the wallet. As the demand for office rental continues to grow, so do the costs — particularly in urban areas, central neighborhoods and cities competing for a young and vibrant workforce. Open floor plans maximize the square footage of a space while encouraging collaboration and camaraderie. They incorporate a range of trendy designs and features, from high ceilings and interactive common spaces to sweeping floor plans filled with laid back, wall-to-wall workstations. 

Yet, there are drawbacks to open-concept layouts. One common complaint is noise, and lots of it.

Noise level and privacy are the primary concerns when it comes to today’s open-concept layouts. How do offices balance their desire for mood-boosting environments and collaborative work while still increasing productivity and profits?

At SnapCab®, we’ve manufactured a solution: SnapCab® Pod.

SnapCab Pod 101: What Are Pods?

SnapCab Pods are our stand-alone, private booths built for sound absorption and productivity. They’re a cost-effective way for an office to reduce noise and maintain distraction-free work zones. Plus, they’ve been engineered from the get-go to address every detail that comes with providing alternative workspaces, with three unique functions:

stand-alone, prive booths

  • Design to your Taste: While our standard Pod comes in a beautiful white gloss laminate, you can also personalize your Pod. Pick a laminate from any manufacturer, or choose Corning® Gorilla® Glass and pick from a range of colors, logos, gigapixel images, and more. Note: Personalization increases lead-time and price.

  • Wheel into Place: Offices grow and change to reflect the growth and changes of its business. Just as your physical space will inevitably require alterations, your Pods can be relocated to match any new spatial needs. Because of their mobile caster mounts and wheels, Pods are easy and effortless to move and can be relocated in a matter of minutes.

  • Update your Space: Pods are clean templates made to enhance any present or future space. Their panels can easily be upgraded to match rebranding efforts or office remodels, meaning you save time and money when that design day comes.

These features only scratch the surface of what a SnapCab Pod lends to a professional space. Never again stress about the sound and space issues of your office with our unique noise-barrier booths and their range of design features and affordances.

Here are five more reasons to choose SnapCab Office Pods. 

1. Pod Wall Panels Are Manufactured to Be the Ultimate Office Noise Barrier

Women in podOur acoustic office booths are built to mask sound. From top to bottom, every detail comes designed to create that ideal quiet space for individuals and groups looking to enter a distraction-free work zone.

First, sound absorption means conversations occurring inside Pods — from solo phone calls to multi-person collaborative brainstorming sessions — don’t seep outside. Second, sitting in a Pod provides a much-needed, sealed noise barrier, without the distractions and interruptions assumed in the everyday office. 

It’s the best of both noise worlds. First, SnapCab Pods are built around wall panels finished with high-pressure plastic laminate. Laminate choices and finishes are customizable, starting with our clean, high-gloss White and extending to personalized colors, patterns and the possibility of Corning® Gorilla® Glass interior and exterior additions. We can also source your custom laminate from nearly any laminate manufacturer, at your request.

Second, our Pods’ sound-masking design allow the wall panels to fit together like a puzzle. Panels interlock together, doors come with noise-reducing seals, and Pods include an acoustic felt ceiling and a precision carpet foundation. All combine for the complete office-noise reducing experience.

These two design fundamentals marry to create our sound reducing Pods. Distractions stay out. Conversations and productivity stay in.

2. Seal in a Serious Quiet Space With Tempered Glass Doors

Our tempered glass doors are some of the best in the industry. We’ve spent countless hours tweaking their build and makeup for Pod application, and they come standard in our acoustic booths. 

We apply tempered glass to both the Pod door and the front wall of the Pod. This creates a bright and inviting environment where users can see into the main office, and vice versa, while remaining secluded. The overall effect is one that makes Pods feel like a design extension of your office, not a cold, detached afterthought. What’s more, tempered glass doors stand up to natural wear and tear that comes with use.

Tempered glass

You can upgrade your Pod wall panels to ultra-strong and hyper-durable Corning® Gorilla® Glass. This popular glass choice adds aesthetic value, offering a variety of color options and accents, as well as a writeable, white-board surface. Gorilla® Glass can even be tailored to feature a panoramic gigapixel image of your choosing, replicated and printed across interior or exterior panels.


3. Available in Three Quiet Cube Sizes

SnapCab Pods come in three distinct sizes to fit, mix and match your ideal cubed set up.Three pod sizes

  • SnapCab Pod S: The first and most intimate quiet space option. Seating 1-2 people, Pod S allows one row of seating and an optional, wall-mounted table. It’s best suited for solo work and private phone room or video calls, as well as a flex option to an individual’s desk space.
  • SnapCab Pod M: Expands booth functionality to make room for 2-4 people. Seating around a central, wall-mounted table means the Pod M is perfect for focus rooms with small interactions, one-on-one collaborations and small, interactive formal or informal meetings.
  • SnapCab Pod L: The largest and most versatile quiet pod type. Seating 4-6 people, the Pod L makes the most of quality meetings while including all the acoustic, noise-reducing materials from above to curb distractions — which can add up in a group! SnapCab L Pods solve another common office problem as well, freeing up the use of larger conference rooms that often get booked for meetings of only a few people. This ensures your biggest and most coveted conference spaces are reserved only for parties that truly fit their size. What’s more, the dimensions of SnapCab Pod L make them large enough to also work as a dynamic private office for one.

All Pod types include the standard, noise-barrier product inclusions of tempered glass, tailored doors, interior and exterior wall paneling, door seals, acoustic felt ceiling to a sound-reducing carpet and aesthetic customizations. Each is reconfigurable and mobile. 

4. Pods Are Mobile Quiet Booths on Wheels

The freedom and versatility that comes with our mobile Pods cannot be overstated. You get maximum flexibility and creativity to milk the natural square footage of your space, with some of the easiest installation on the market. 

Our mobile-first Pods are thanks to the seamless design behind our high-load phenolic casters and floor attachments, each tested for ease and longevity. Use the casters to rotate, move and match Pods, then fasten the floor attachments to lock in their new location. 

Pods can be configured to create a range of room additions previously unavailable to a blank, open-floor canvas. A wall of Pods can create elegant and contemporary room partitions, be clustered as breakout booths in corners, mixed and matched as independent office types and meeting spaces or get stretched as wall-to-wall flex spaces for individual work. The options are seemingly limitless. If you get bored with a look today, you can change it tomorrow. 

We’re so proud of their user-friendly mobility, we claim you can build and tailor a Pod cluster in your office in 48 hours or less.

5. Increase the Productivity and Retainment of Your Employees

You have more important things on your mind then monitoring and analyzing the productive capabilities of your office every day. Inconspicuous and hassle-free, Pods contribute to a number of design elements that research shows leads to employee happiness, productivity and stress-relief. 

More so than traditional conference rooms or static, built-in office booths, Pods allow natural light to permeate individual cubes. Their glass doors and front walls seamlessly take in bright light without sacrificing the noise levels open concepts naturally court. Pods also double as private outlets for employees. Studies by companies and universities alike show employees crave various amounts of alone and quiet time, often citing it as the number-one necessity to get high-level projects done. What’s more, our customizable Pods allot color and texture to your office. Layering a space with various materials, surfaces, colors and reflections doesn’t just look nice — it makes us feel nice, too. Employees are likelier to rate their workdays as more stimulating, fulfilling and less draining when working in areas with texture and color. 

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As if that wasn’t enough, Pods can even help retain current employees, as well as recruit top talent. That’s because SnapCab Pods contribute to what’s known as integrative office wellness — the growing attention companies are paying to the environmental and cultural details that create a healthy daily atmosphere. With Pods, you check some key notes off the office wellness list: A variety of workspaces, an understanding of different work types and a nod toward individual needs and inputs amongst your workforce.

All Pod types come equipped with some extra unique features to ensure your office maintains the highest quality and most functional quiet booths around.

  • Motion sensors: Overhead lights and fans are activated by a motion sensor.
  • Soft lighting: To enhance their calming acoustics, Pods have low-profile LED overhead fixtures that provide indirect light. Like the care directions you receive for houseplants, indirect light is well-diffused but not aggressive or glaring. We place our fixtures in a drop ceiling design that disguises them for a cleaner, more contemporary look.
  • Code compliant: All Pods are fire-code compliant with the option for sprinkler connection and installation. In addition, Pods are classified as systems furniture. This means you won’t have to jump through extra coding hoops when designing, installing or moving them — a major bonus in the case of a complete office remodel.
  • Easy to clean: You never have to worry about tedious clean-ups of fingerprints, streaks, dirt or oil. Pods are some of the easiest products for you to clean and maintain. All that’s required are non-abrasive cotton clothes dampened with water or familiar mild glass cleaners, like Windex. Avoid chemical solutions or treatments, as well as abrasive powders and scouring pads. Explore our Use & Care Guide for more questions, especially when it comes to the upkeep of Gorilla® Glass with your Pods.

Pods S, M and L also all come with their own variety of optional furniture. We supply accompanying furniture in-house to make sure it fits the exact dimension of your Pods. That way, you’re equipped with everything you need from the get-go to install and start using your Pods as quickly as possible.

accompanying furniture

Standard furniture options include:

  • Seating: Benches and chairs configured to seat 1-6 people. Materials and sizes also contribute to the acoustic sound-absorption of your Pods.
  • Tables: Wall-mounted tables work as the simplest surface for your laptops and work materials.

When it comes to noise-reducing office solutions, we’re proud to offer our range of award-winning quiet Pods. They’re cutting edge, contemporary, customizable, space-enhancing and a breeze to install. As functional as they are aesthetic, we know you’ll get what all the hype is about after just one use — and your employees will, too! 

Interested in learning more? SnapCab Pods could be exactly what your open-concept office or workspace calls for. We’d love to help! See firsthand what effects these acoustic Pods can have on your space and work culture by requesting a free quote today.

Modern and Open Office Design Solutions

Are you trying to design an office space? If you are, or if you’re even thinking about it, you know what a tough job it can be. Somehow, you must come up with a design that combines both aesthetic and function. It must look great, but it also must be a place where people can work, think and create.

When people think about designing an office space, they may focus more on the aesthetic aspect of the design. Make no mistake — this is an important part of any plan. No one wants to go to work in a space that gives off a drab, uninspired and uninviting vibe. It makes them feel boxed-in and unhappy. An area that looks dull and boring is not going to be a space where ideas flow and people work to their highest potential. It doesn’t make people say “wow” the minute they walk through the door.

Equally as important, if not more important, is the functionality of a design. A design needs to establish a space where workers can interact with one another but are not so close that there is no privacy or room to think.

By combining these two elements of look and function, the perfect open office space is born. Today, we’re going to walk through some principles of open plan office solutions. By looking at a few of these tips and perhaps drawing some information from these modern office designs, you will be one step closer to designing your office’s perfect and most functional space.

General Design Tips for Open Office Floor Plans

Everybody wants an open floor plan in their office. It’s undeniably the most popular modern design, as it creates a feeling of open airiness. It keeps employees from feeling like they’re trapped in cubicles and instead encourages a sense of freedom and connectivity.

pod design solutions

However, switching to an open office floor plan can be tricky, especially if you’ve never done it before. Here are a few general tips to get you started thinking in this direction before we dive into some of the more specific categories.

1. Everyone Needs a Work Space

The first and foremost thing on your mind needs to be everyone’s individual workspace. No matter how open and friendly you want your office to be, each employee still needs space where they can go to sit quietly and get their personal work done.

As you’re probably aware, cubicles are the exact opposite of an open floor plan. But having everyone sit together to work might not be the best solution, either. To make your open-concept office work, you’ll need to strike a balance between these two extremes:

  • You might create small clusters of desks where people can work close enough that conversation is possible, but it’s also possible to avoid it. 
  • You might also develop desks and workspaces that are spread around the room — close enough that you could get up to stretch and ask your neighbor a question, but far enough that you wouldn’t be bothered by a conversation your neighbor is having.
  • You might also get a few office Pods and spread them around the room for people to use at their discretion. 

However you decide to arrange your employees’ workspaces, start here. Build everything else around this core design element.

2. Design Break-Out Spaces in Your Office

Everyone knows you shouldn’t relax and work in the same place. Creating separate spaces for these two different activities help our brains perform better at each one. We won’t be able to feel truly relaxed if we’re trying to do it in a workspace. Similarly, we aren’t going to feel like working if we try to do it in a relaxation space.

In your office, create areas where your employees can step away from their desks and take a breath, maybe have a conversation and get a snack or a drink. Our office Pods, private booths you can place to the side of any room, offer the perfect solution. After a few minutes, they can return to their desks feeling refreshed after their break in a private space.

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If you only have space for a designated break room, that’s fine. Ideally, however, these breakout spaces would be separate from the lunch room. These spaces could instead function as gathering places where ideas can flow, conversations can happen, and creativity is sparked.

3. Create Quiet Spaces Throughout the Office

This might be difficult if you’re short on space, but it’s a great idea if you have the room for it. Sometimes, a project requires particularly intense conversation. Or sometimes the rest of the team is having a loud discussion and one employee is really struggling to stay on task in the midst of the commotion. In times like these, having small office privacy rooms is extremely valuable.

These private spaces help employees sequester themselves for as long as they need while they buckle down and focus. Then, when they’re working on a more casual project, they can rejoin the rest of the team. They might even act as office “telephone booths,” where people can go to make calls without worrying about outside noise.

These spaces are also great for introverts or those who have a difficult time focusing unless they’re on their own. Our private office Pods make a great quiet getaway space of this nature. We’ll talk more about those later. 

4. Choose Movable Furniture for Your Office Space

Your office is always going to be a multi-purpose space. Some days, it will need to be a quiet place where everyone sits at their desk and works by themselves. Other days, it might need to be a place where small groups of people work together, or the entire team spends the entire day collaborating on a single project.

multi-purpose space

By opting for moveable furniture, you make it easier for these transitions to happen seamlessly. More than this, though, you’re also communicating to your employees and guests that you encourage creativity, movement and change. You’re not committed to remaining in rigid patterns. Creating this type of mindset in your employees can go a long way, and it can start with something as simple as moveable furniture.

5. Create Collaborative Spaces Across Your Office

Many people who have flexible work arrangements such as work-from-home jobs enjoy taking their work to places like coffee shops. Part of this is due to the availability of coffee, but a lot of it also has to do with the atmosphere. Coffee shops are well-known for having diverse seating arrangements, from small private tables to comfy couches and large tables that promote conversation.

You can mimic this atmosphere in your workspace by creating areas where people can gather together to discuss ideas and exchange good conversation. Take inspiration from these shops by adding: 

These spaces are great for working together and letting the creativity flow, instead of feeling cramped in at a desk.

6. Get Rid of Assigned Seating in the Office

Did you know getting rid of assigned seating in your office has the potential to boost your workplace’s productivity levels? That’s right. Instead of assigning every employee a desk or a seat, why not allow them to choose their own? This lets everyone experiment and discover where they work best — whether that might be next to a window, far away from any windows, or in a corner by themselves.

Don't assign Seats

Even better, let employees continue to play musical chairs throughout their time with you. Have them sit at one desk and then switch after a few months. These changes of scenery are great ways for people to stay inspired, spontaneous and creative.

Selecting Furniture for Your Office

Open-concept office furniture should become a huge part of your design. The same principle applies to your furniture as applies to designing your office in general — function and aesthetic are the key two ingredients. With that in mind, let’s talk more about how to choose furniture for your office.

Don’t Get Cheap Office Furniture

Designing an office is expensive. There’s just no way you’re going to have the money to afford everything you want to include in your new space. Some things are going to have to get cut. But if there’s one place you can’t afford to cut corners, it’s with furniture.

Your office workers sit in their desk chairs for eight hours every day. That means they better be comfortable. Otherwise, you’re going to end up with an office full of workers with back pain. That’s bad for them, but it’s also bad for you since it means lower productivity and lower worker satisfaction levels. Instead, just pay a little extra for the nice chairs. It’ll save you money and hassle in the long run.

The same goes for things like desks: 

  • If you buy desks well suited to your employees and the tasks they perform, it will pay off. 
  • If every desk has ample storage space, employees won’t be forced to spread out into the area around them, creating clutter and decreasing the general productivity of the office.
  • Utilizing desk that offer adaptable heights or the ability to sit or stand is great for employee health and comfort

Break room furniture should also be comfortable. This allows workers to relax on their lunch breaks and return to work refreshed and ready to be productive.

Match the Look and Feel of the Room

If your office aesthetic is all about large blocky shapes, then maybe you don’t want to choose more delicate furniture designs. If, instead, you’re trying for a more modern and minimalist look, you’ll probably want to steer clear of traditional-looking office furniture that will stick out like a sore thumb.

Your goal here is to try to recognize the themes and looks that are already established in your office and carry them through the furniture. This will help tie the whole space together and make it feel comfortable, welcoming and inspiring. Modern-looking design matches the open office concept. Our office Pods and Wall Panels help create that look. 

Modern office Design

Hiding Wires: Make Your Office Space Look Neat

Nothing makes a space feel more cluttered than masses of tangled wires crawling along baseboards or stuffed down behind computers. It looks unpolished and unprofessional, but there’s more to it than just the looks. This type of clutter is a known contributor to lost productivity and low levels of motivation. When you design a new office space, spend a little bit of time thinking about how you’re going to hide these wires.

Think of things like purchasing tables and desks that have wire organizers or holes in them where the wires can be tucked neatly away out of sight. While organized wires are the ideal situation, it ultimately doesn’t matter if the wires are tangled if they are out of sight and out of people’s work areas. If your office is going to have any major hotspots of electronics, start planning right away for where the wires will go.

Consider the Lighting for Your Office Design

Lighting is a huge part of your office space. If you have too little lighting, everyone will have to squint to see what they’re doing. If you have too much, however, your space suddenly feels sterile and hospital-like. Here are some tips for striking a happy medium in your lighting design.

1. Maximize Your Office’s Natural Light

We can’t emphasize the importance of natural lighting enough. Since most traditional work days last from 9 in the morning until 5 in the evening, you shouldn’t realistically have to use much artificial lighting except perhaps during the winter and on rainy days. Instead of relying on indoor lighting, install large windows to let in as much sunlight as possible.

If installing windows isn’t an option, due to your office being on the dark side of the building or perhaps not having a long exterior wall at all, consider installing a skylight. Any way you can devise to get natural light into your office space is a positive solution.

Install a skylight

2. Stick to LED Lights for Your Office

Although you should rely on sunlight as much as possible, it’s only realistic to install lights in your space as well. For these, we recommend choosing LED lights. The light they emit is as close to natural sunlight as possible. While these bulbs will cost slightly more up front than regular bulbs, they will pay off in the long run.

Keeping the Noise Down Around the Office

Of course, it should go without saying that it’s important for your office to be a relatively quiet space where your employees can work without disturbances. That means that you’ll have to implement some open office sound reduction techniques. Here are some of our best noise solutions for your open office plan.

1. Try Noise-Friendly Flooring and Panels in Your Office

Walls are an obvious way to block sound, but walls are also the last thing you want in an open concept office. Instead, why not give noise-friendly flooring a try? Carpet is one ideal option when it comes to open office noise reduction and acoustics solutions, but vinyl is also a suitable alternative if you’re not interested in carpet.

You can also incorporate our interior panels, which offer double the benefits. They make your walls appear sleek and sophisticated, and they also absorb sound. 

2. Add White Noise to Drown Out the Background Noise

This might seem counterintuitive, but one effective way to hide noise is to fight it with more noise. Try playing ambient noise quietly in the background of your office. This can be generic white noise, or it can be more specific sounds like waves or rainfall recordings. Not only will this help mask unwanted sounds, but it can also help create a calm and stress-reducing environment.

Office Pod Design3. Optimize Your Office Layout to Reduce Noise

You can control some of the sound flow in your space by carefully placing your furniture. Leave the floor plan open but create smaller centers within the open floor plan. Within these centers, have the furniture pointing in instead of out. Consider opting for high-back chairs and couches that will keep the noise contained. Consider placing an office Pod in the middle, where people can go to get away from noise entirely.

Utilizing numerous pods also gives you the ability create separation or separate nooks by arranging the pods to act as additional walls.  Moveable pods make it easy to change your configuration as often as you would like.  If your company grows or your needs change you don’t have to invest in regular construction that requires significant time to complete.

4. Incorporate Nature to Dull Noise in Your Office

Plants have consistently proved effective at reducing noise levels in open spaces. This alone would make it worth your while to introduce a little greenery into your office, but it isn’t the only reason. Plants also have a positive effect on employees working near them, increasing productivity, general happiness and contentment.

plants positive effects

Establishing Your Office Ambiance

Once you’ve gotten the bare bones of your office set up, including things such as walls, doors, windows and furniture, it’s time to start tying things together with the finishing touches. This means spending some time thinking about the overall ambiance you’re creating. Here are a few things to keep in mind during this stage of your planning.

1. Consider the Colors You Include in Your Office 

Color is a huge part of any design. It can send a message about what kind of company you are and create an instant impression as soon as a visitor or potential employee walks in the door. It helps set the mood and tone for the whole office. 

However, you don’t want to overwhelm your office space with clashing colors. For the most part, you’ll want to stick to neutrals like grays, whites and so on. But don’t be afraid to pick one or two complementary accent colors. Use these to add tasteful pops of colors around the office. 

You can also add our wall panels over your painted walls, to make your office look more professional. Gorilla Glass® interior wall panels provide the ultimate in office sophistication. 

2. Add a Dose of Company Culture to Your Office Layout

As you’re decorating your open office, think about how to add in a little bit of your company spirit. You might think of this to keep your team inspired and focused. However, you want to be careful not to go overboard with this. A giant company logo painted on the wall may not be the best idea.

Instead, consider adding in design elements that are relevant to the industry you work in. Maybe paint a tasteful and inspiring quote on the wall that’s of particular significance to your company or workers. You can also create instant atmosphere with images such as captivating landscapes. However, you choose to do it, this can be a brilliant design element that makes your employees feel a sense of pride in the work that they do, the company they do it for and the place they do it in.

3. Remember to Design for the Future of Your Company

As a company, your goal is growth and success. And while you can never see the future, you can certainly plan for it. You should leave room in your design for future expansion.

This means things like not bothering to put up walls that you’ll only have to tear down later. It means that maybe an empty space is a lounge area now, but later you can fill it with employee desks. Whatever this looks like in your office, remember to leave space in your open office for the future ahead of you.

Keep Productivity High With the Right Open Office Layout

When you incorporate the right solutions into your office, you will improve your employees’ productivity, which is the biggest motivator of all for redoing your space. Having places for employees to work undisturbed or collaborate on a project will pay dividends with better quality of work. Your staff will stay motivated when they know you look out for their best interests, whether that means investing in coworking office furniture solutions and products or investigating open concept office cubes.

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Implement SnapCab®’s Innovative Solutions Into Your Open Office Design

Your company needs an office design that’s just as new, exciting and forward-thinking as you are. That’s why we think you should check out SnapCab’s design solutions.

Among the many designs we offer, we think our office Pods are the perfect solution to any modern open concept office. These portable office booths strike the balance between an open space and privacy. They’re simple to assemble, easy to transport and provide the perfect space for all your needs. These small, enclosed spaces feature one glass wall so employees working in a Pod don’t feel cut-off from the world but will still have the benefit of a private and quiet space.

Our Pods also come in three different sizes, featuring one size that’s perfect for one or two people, another that fits two to four people and our largest format, designed for four to six people. You can hold office meetings in our bigger Pods, too.

Here at SnapCab, our office privacy Pods aren’t the only thing we offer. While all our designs could easily fit into your new office space, we think you might be particularly interested in our Portals.

Our Portals are a large wall that incorporates a 4K HD television where you can show videos, PowerPoints and more. They also feature wall space you can write on, letting the ideas and conversations flow. We see this Portal as the perfect supplement to any conference room or meeting space in your office. Not only is it highly functional, but it also has a modern and minimalist appearance that will look fantastic in any open office space.

Make your office more productive and efficient. To learn more about the office solutions SnapCab can offer you, browse our selection today.

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How SnapCab® Delivers Innovative Office Solutions 

Collaboration.

It’s a defining feature of SnapCab products, from SnapCab® Pod to SnapCab® Portal. It’s also a core belief of SnapCab and Corning. Throughout our years working with the revolutionary company, we’ve incorporated its groundbreaking Gorilla® Glass into SnapCab elevator interiors, lobby walls and furniture, providing facilities around the world, like Amazon, Ford, and Microsoft, with a flexible office solution that encourages a collaborative work experience.

 

The Innovation of Corning® Gorilla® Glass

Corning drives innovation, revolutionizing and creating industries with its ideas and products. Its never-ending drive led to Gorilla® Glass. The exceptional quality of this thin, lightweight glass led to its adoption by more than 40 major brands, which is why more than 5 billion devices credit their durability, as well as incredibly low weight, to Gorilla® Glass.

Producing a lightweight, durable glass was only the beginning for Corning. It also designed Gorilla® Glass to offer the following advantages:

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  • Minimal maintenance: To complement the primary benefits of Gorilla® Glass, Corning wanted its revolutionary product to require zero hassle. That’s why Gorilla® Glass cleans with ease, as well as needs minimal maintenance. Instead of focusing on smudges or scratches, companies can focus on innovating their products through collaboration.
  • Optimal color: To deliver a clean and accurate experience, Corning wanted its industry-defining product to provide true color. That’s why Gorilla® Glass shows shades of whites with clarity and depicts colors with vibrancy.

With each iteration of Gorilla® Glass, Corning demonstrates its dedication to innovating, as well as its commitment to achieving perfection.

The Collaboration

Collaboration is essential to attaining these goals, and that’s what pushes Corning forward. Through its in-house collaborations, Corning accomplishes its goal of producing and delivering innovative products to brands around the world. That’s why billions of devices feature the revolutionary technology that defines smartphones, laptops and more.

PortalSnapCab represents Cornings most vital values — agility, flexibility and speed, as well as innovation and quality. In 2017, after years of a successful elevator interiors, Corning and SnapCab expanded by bringing SnapCab products that feature Gorilla® Glass, such as SnapCab® Portal, into Corning’s facilities across the U.S.

Through our innovative office solutions for Corning, we provided their exceptional team in Sullivan Park and Corning Technology Center — Silicon Valley, as well as their headquarters in New York, with a flexible solution that initiates interactive and collaborative experiences in a convenient, private space. Even better, our solution included the groundbreaking quality of Gorilla® Glass.

Learn more about SnapCab and our products featuring Gorilla® Glass by contacting us today.

SnapCab® Offers Quiet Escape at Recent NAMM Trade Show

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) hosted the 2018 NAMM Show from Jan. 25 to 28 at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. The annual show features a range of companies, products and experts from the music and sound industry. This year’s show was the largest in NAMM history — it welcomed more than 7,000 brands, a total of 115,000 registered attendees, tons of opportunities for industry education and one rather unsuspected attendee: SnapCab!

 

How SnapCab Joined the 2018 NAMM Show

We scattered a few of our Pods throughout the convention center for NAMM, and they were a huge hit. As one of the most massive music shows in the country, it’s safe to say it’s also one of the loudest. Ironically, noise is the enemy when you’re trying to sell musical instruments, as well as when you’re looking to purchase one. Enter SnapCab.

The C. F. Martin & Co. booth was one that appreciated our presence. As a leading guitar manufacturer, the Martin booth was one of the busiest at the entire trade show. They invested in one of our Pods and was completely blown away by its capabilities. Martin used the Pod as an intimate, quiet space to show off the delicate, buttery sound of its instruments. This allowed them to provide musicians with an area to play their instruments away from the loud tradeshow floor.

Martin is just one of the booths that benefitted from our Pods by using it to better hear the sound coming from a single instrument. Other businesses, attendees, performers and industry experts utilized the peace and quiet of SnapCab Pods to:

  • Get work done: Sometimes, company representatives must man their booths for an entire day — or across multiple days — during NAMM. When they need to get some work done between shifts, which probably involves music, a quiet area to work and listen is a necessity. SnapCab® Pods filled this need for all kinds of people at this year’s show.
  • Take a break: Whether you want to have a conversation, make a phone call or just enjoy a few minutes of peace and quiet, SnapCab Pods® provided a place for people at NAMM to go when they needed a break.
  • Recharge electronics: Our Pods have a variety of charging ports and outlets, so you can charge virtually any device while you relax or talk.

Portals at NAMMWith SnapCab® Pods’ contemporary look, comfortable seating and glass walls, you don’t feel like you’re sitting in a box — you still feel like you’re part of the action. After all, you probably didn’t choose to attend one of the largest music shows in the nation to seclude yourself from everything.

Contact SnapCab to Learn How Our Pods Can Work for You

The applications for SnapCab® Pods are endless. Whether you need a quiet space in your noisy office to seal business deals, make phone calls or just enjoy a few minutes of peace and quiet, our Pods are the perfect solution. Contact our team today to learn more and get a free quote on a SnapCab® Pod for your facility.

Transform Your Meeting Room With The SnapCab Portal

Businesses, organizations, and professionals have become adept at making the most of their resources, from maximizing each dollar of their budgets to leveraging materials to the fullest. Would it surprise you, then, to learn that you’re under-utilizing a key asset? Your walls. This is prime real estate: go beyond TVs mounted to meeting room walls and tired whiteboards. Opt for the SnapCab Portal.

Smart Walls

With its clean and contemporary look, the SnapCab Portal will transform a regular wall into an intelligent, integrated multi-media wall. From enhancing conference capability to providing way-finding and interactive accent walls for businesses, institutions, and organizations – the application potential is limited only by imagination and ingenuity.

So imagine what you can do with this platform and its enhanced features:

    • 65 inch SUHD TV. You’ll enjoy Quantum Dot nano-crystal technology for crisp, vibrant color, 4K ultra-high definition for laser-sharp images, and multiple connection possibilities. Flush to the Corning® Gorilla® Glass surface, this TV provides a truly immersive experience.
  • Full connectivity. Leverage the versatility of HDMI, USB, WiFi, and Bluetooth connectivity. You can integrate mini computers, Apple TV, Fire Stick, additional monitors, external mics, and more to display video conference, messages, stream videos… the list goes on and on.
  • Integrated speakers. With the Portal, ultra-thin, ultra-versatile Gorilla® Glass becomes the speakers. Seamlessly integrated, there are no holes or grills to mar the smooth surface.
  • Writable surface. Both the standard gloss and anti-glare Gorilla® Glass offer an exceptional surface for writing – a next-gen whiteboard. Scribble down notes from a conference, brainstorm with your team, plot out a plan, or make a to-do list. For markers and erasers, hinged magnetic side trims provide hidden storage.
  • Quick, easy specification. With a simple order form and pre-written specification document on our website (insert link to spec), selecting a Portal couldn’t be simpler. The standard model features either Bright White or Noir Black Corning® Gorilla® Glass. From there, simply select the size. That’s all there is to it. And if you do want a customized Portal, the sky’s the limit (though the lead-time and price will be affected).

The beauty of the Portal is that it’s future proof: its non-proprietary technology allows you to add and upgrade any features you’d like, except for the TV. The portal platform enables you to utilize the tools more efficiently and effectively.

The Nuts and Bolts

Transform your walls to dynamic, educational, helpful, beautiful, interactive surfaces. All you need is the Portal, power and data connections, and… a wall. Available in 12 width and two height options, the Portal can be easily utilized in conference rooms, entryways, and other spaces throughout your building. When selecting a wall, keep the following considerations in mind:

  • The Portal has hinged side cover plates, which open for access to electrical components. Allow a clearance of at least 1.5 inches, but for full access, allow for a clearance of at least 5.5 inches.
  • The total depth of the unit is 4.875 inches from the back to the panel face. Make sure to factor this into your planning.
  • The Portal must be positioned at least four inches off the floor.
  • The Portal requires power and data. Make sure to choose a wall that offers easy access to those connections. Ideally the power and data should be located 66” from the Portal’s bottom edge and 12” from the Portal’s right edge.

A A heavy gauge rigid aluminum substructure provides the “bones” of the system, and this can be mounted to virtually any surface (e.g. brick, drywall, steel studs, etc.). The Portal can be installed in just four to six hours. And, best of all, the innovative panel system enables you to pack it up and move it if you want to relocate. It’s a flexible – and competitively priced – asset that you can use not only for a variety of purposes, but in a variety of places.

If your walls are currently blank canvases, or your meeting rooms are ready for an upgrade, the SnapCab Portal can help you paint vibrant and brand- -building messages on them. Maximize the impact of these prominent features – and turn them into compelling, functional focal points. Be sure to check out the latest Portal designs at the AIA Convention and NeoCon.

Your Office, Your Way: How A SnapCab Pod Can Transform Your Workspace

Your workspace should facilitate productivity, inspire innovation, and cultivate creativity. Should. Too often, though, we’re subjected to the daily distractions and lack of privacy in a busy office setting inhabits. Until now. With the SnapCab Pod, you can reinvent your professional environment – and realize enhanced results.

Open Office Design: Coping In A Shared Workspace

Open office plans present a cost-effective way to accommodate fluctuations in staffing and maximize floor space. And, when done well, can even foster communication among colleagues and an atmosphere of approachability. Definitely a step up from the era of office cubicles.
But there is a drawback. As the workspace becomes an incubator for collaboration, your privacy diminishes. Your business is everyone’s business; making important calls, meeting with colleagues or having confidential conversations can be a challenge.

The SnapCab Pod is a small meeting room or “huddle room” that provides a quiet, private space. Rather than trying to “drown out your coworkers,” you can simply close the 3/8″ tempered glass door and get to work.

 

Simple And Right-Sized

Available in three sizes – S (1-2 people), M (2-4 people), and L (4-6 people – or one nice-sized office for one) – the Pod features:Pods 2017

  • Sound-masking design. The Pod features seals around the door, panels on the inside and outside walls, an acoustical felt ceiling, and carpeting on the floor that all help to dampen sounds.
  • Lighting. Low-profile LED fixtures offer indirect light, and the drop ceiling design disguises the fixture for a clean look. The light is soft and conducive to no-glare screen use.
  • Exhaust fan and venting. You’ll have plenty of ventilation while you work, since the SnapCab Pod is equipped with a fan. The fan also provides white noise, helping with sound suppression. Both lighting and fan are motion-activated for maximum convenience and efficiency.
  • Power source and USB charging. Feel free to power up your devices, plug in your computer and settle in for a productive session. A bit of quiet can help you recharge your own batteries as well.
  • Add-on accessories. Opt to include bench seating and a wall-mounted solid phenolic laminate table. The furniture is custom-made, simple, and right-sized for your needs.

Making Your Life (And Work) Easier

Got a few hours to spare in your day? Then you have time to revamp your office. The Pod comes flat-packed, is a free-standing structure and does not require specialized labor to assemble. Cancel the pricey maintenance contractor or skilled technician. If you can put together a futon or bookshelf, you can handle a Pod.

Other ways Pods make your life easier – and better

  • You get to play Tetris. If you were to buy several Pods in different sizes, you could create a well-finished office space in 48 hours or less. Further, you have the freedom to configure your space as efficiently and effectively as possible—like a game of Tetris. For example, you position a few Pods corner to corner, you create additional nooks in between. Mix it up for a perfect fit.
  • They roll. Effortlessly. Thanks to casters, you can push an S with one arm. You may have to exert slightly – just slightly – more effort with an L. Move the Pod where you want it, lock it in place and start using. It’s that simple. If you need to move it, whether across the room or to a new site, it’s as easy as moving a desk.
  • Like furniture – only better. The Pods are classified as Systems Furniture (Section 12 59 00). That means you don’t have to jump through any complicated hoops. You literally order, assemble, and use.
  • Streamlined from Step 1. Quiet workspace, simplified. From ordering a Pod to assembling it, the entire process is easy. Other companies with similar type products can require many weeks of lead-time, not to mention limited options, cumbersome installation, and requisite specialized labor. There is a better way.
  • Standard models – and more. The standard, off-the-shelf Pod is gloss white laminate inside and out. You also have the option of upgrading to virtually any laminate from any laminate manufacturer.

Take your Pod to the next level by adding ultra-strong, versatile Corning® Gorilla® Glass for gorgeous color and a writeable surface, or go for premium by choosing one of our beautiful panoramic gigapixel images, printed in full living color and exquisite detail on Corning® Gorilla® Glass. When you walk into the Pod, you’ll be treated to a remarkable experience. Though the space is small, the impact is immense.

Imagine – And Realize – The Possibilities

While Pods are a natural fit in open offices, their lean, mean, adaptable design ensures they can be deployed wherever quiet, private space is required. From restaurants, airports, and trade shows to schools, libraries, and health clinics, the applications are numerous.

If you could use a bit of “closed” in an open environment, the SnapCab Pod can help. By providing flexibility, versatility, and adaptability, you can transform the way you work. Be sure to check out the latest Pod designs at the AIA Convention and NeoCon.

SnapCab® to Launch Business-Enhancing Systems

SnapCab® Pod and Portal

SnapCab is excited to announce the launch of two versatile systems: the SnapCab Portal and the SnapCab Pod. Designed to help businesses and organizations maximize resources, space, and functionality, the Portal and Pod combine top-shelf design, easy specification, and fast assembly to offer simple, seamless solutions.

SnapCab showcased the Portal and Pod at the 2017 AIA Conference on Architecture in Orlando April 27-29, 2017. SnapCab CEO, Glenn Bostock, describes the Portal as an “intelligent, integrated multimedia collaboration wall with a whiteboard surface, the applications of which are virtually unlimited.”

This platform enables clients to utilize their technology in a more efficient way. The Portal features a 65” SUHD TV with Quantum Dot nano-crystal technology and 4K ultra-high definition. The entire surface is made of Corning® Gorilla® Glass and provides an superior whiteboard surface. It also boasts integrated speakers using Corning® Gorilla® Glass, full HDMI, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. Customers can easily integrate the technology they want and need. Simple walls become interactive, immersive experiences.

The second system, the SnapCab Pod, provides individual or small team-sized quiet moveable meeting spaces. For professional or institutional environments that feature an open floor plan, shared workspace, or contend with limited space, privacy and quietness are at a premium. The Pod, available in three sizes, enables professionals to conduct phone calls, hold video conferences, meet with colleagues, etc., without disruption – and without leaving their workplace. The standard finish on the Pod is plastic laminate, but for a higher end finish customers can upgrade to Corning® Gorilla® Glass in solid colors, patterns, logos and gigapixel images.

Three pod sizes

The Pod enables businesses and building owners to utilize their space more efficiently, while offering greater flexibility and versatility. Building on a patented system of interlocking panels, SnapCab’s newest offering delivers quiet, free-standing, moveable, and configurable spaces.

Both the Portal and the Pod adhere to SnapCab’s “Simplified” standards: it is easy to order (and customize, if desired), install, and fully integrate both systems into any workspace and/or building. SnapCab is best known for its interlocking paneling systems for elevators and walls. With the Portal and Pod, SnapCab is helping companies take their messaging to the next level, while fully leveraging their physical space.

About SnapCab: SnapCab was built on a solid foundation of craftsmanship, innovation and quality in the early 80’s. Driven by its mission of providing beautiful, yet simplified, solutions, SnapCab has since become a pioneer in the elevator interior industry with its patented system of interlocking panels. Today that same ingenuity is enabling SnapCab to develop solutions beyond the elevator doors. Be sure to check out the latest Pod and Portal designs at the AIA Convention and NeoCon.