One day I started standing at work. I’m not sure why, but it seemed like a good thing to do so I found a nice standing desk and replaced my old desk and chair. Since it’s been about 12 years and I’m still standing, I guess it’s worked well.
Among other things, you use more muscles to stand and continually are making micro movements to stay upright. This turns out to be beneficial for both your physical and mental health. Even better, it shortens the length of time people want to be in your office. They get to stand too. Unless we need to sit.
I’m Shaun Mannix, President of Transwall; designer, manufacturer, and installer of high performance walls and related office products. I’ve been in the wall segment of the contract interiors business since 1998.Transwall was founded in 1963. We just launched several new products and a wonderful new website. I decided the new website gives me the chance to do something I’ve always wanted to do: share my thoughts on the good, the bad, the interesting, and the bizarre in the world of walls and office design, construction, and outfitting.
I’ve been thinking about walls, and ceilings and doors, for some time. Proper, timely, and quality design and construction lead to your getting maximum utility from your space and having an exceptional experience. Lousy design, missed deadlines, and poor quality…not so good.
Back when I was a kid, about the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis, mom insisted dad build a fallout shelter in our basement. Dutifully, dad got started.
As Khrushchev blinked and the crisis ended, dad still had not completed the project. It was a great shelter although lacking a roof and door it was a bit useless against nuclear attack.
This experience still resonates with me when I walk through our operation and think about commercial construction. All the pieces need to come together from initial design through completing the final punch list.
It’s all about creating an exceptional client experience through anticipating the issues, responding to the needs, and executing precisely. It’s not enough to have excellent design or quality manufacturing or timely construction. All the parts need to come together precisely and delight the client. It’s all about every single person involved in the process being passionate about the product and process, while creating an exceptional client experience.
I look forward to sharing thoughts every few weeks and hope you comment on the musings and miscellaneous ramblings. I’d like to have a dialogue with you about all things wall and ways to improve the experience for all of us.
One last thing. About that standing desk. President Kennedy stood at work due to a bad back. Standing felt better and strengthened his back. My back feels fine and I’ve never aspired to be a Kennedy. But he is good company to stand with.
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