Adding Value Through Workplace Design

Imagine employees walking into your building excited to be there because the workplace environment inspires them.

Imagine leaving a lasting impression on clients and business associates because the hallways and conference rooms made them feel like they were working with a very special company.

Well executed environmental graphics add value to a business

Especially when they have meaning.

For example, a client of ours was planning to celebrate the one-year anniversary of their new office. To commemorate the new Buffalo office, they wanted to create a custom wall sculpture that would somehow reflect the region.

Through some research on the area we learned their new building was in the vicinity of the factory where the Curtiss-Wright P40 Warhawk airplanes were built by Rosie the Riveters during WWII.

Focusing on that bit of history, we built a custom wing replica with historical photos and content incorporated into the piece.

It is well made, serves a purpose, and serves to better the company’s impact on their visitors.

So the point is, the unveiling to the employees was a huge success because it will now leave lasting impressions on those who work at, and visit the office.

People lined up to read the historical information, view the images up close, and take photos of the piece. The client told us “Wall art is a hit…looks wonderful. We had about 50-60 people for the reveal. The Buffalo history is very popular for people taking photos. Awesome job and thanks for a great design.”

Why wouldn’t you want to keep your company in the forefront of clients, employees and associates minds? POSITIVE IMPRESSIONS ARE INVALUABLE.

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Stainless steel wing ready for rivets, above. Finished piece, below.

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3 things to think of when considering an environmental design project

  1. Establish the end goal

Is it wayfinding graphics to direct people? To educate, commemorate, or inspire visitors or employees? Looking to add a wow factor to make a lasting positive impression?

Whatever it is that you are trying to accomplish with your design project, be sure that it stays focused with the end goal in mind.

  1. Have the design match the goal

Make sure what you’re seeking solves the problems at hand. After all, design is creative problem solving and if the design doesn’t solve the problem of the initial goal, it’s a fail.

  1. Be sure the project can be accomplished

Work with an innovative group, like us, that will go the extra mile to get the job done. People  that research, explore unique ideas, and design custom pieces to make an impression.

Our custom environmental art pieces meet the specific needs of our clients. Each piece is unique and designed with the end goal and audience in mind.

To set up a consultation call contact us at hello@secretvalleylabs.com

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Everybody Needs to Find Their Way

Last year at this time, our client, Sodexo, was reaching the final stretch of their new, modern building construction. This new state-of-the-art building would house the Buffalo service center employees and move all operations from three separate office buildings into one. Gone would be the traditional cubes and tidy corridors. In their place, a completely open floor plan with centralized offices and plenty of collaboration areas.

One of the first problems to be solved was how were hundreds of employees going to navigate through the new complex. Secondly, how would the established corporate (Europe-based) brand be implemented to meet the needs of this regional, American office place.

Working closely with the Sodexo facilities team, key areas of navigation were determined and we began the process of designing signage that complied with the brand, identified area groupings, showed the way, was updatable and complemented the modern elegance of the building.

We searched high and low for certain products – personal nameplates that matched our specific design, steel wall mounts for wayfinding and conference room signs – with no luck. This  gave us the chance to work with local manufacturers to design and develop custom pieces. Results were a win-win-win.

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