Trends Pushing the Architectural Millwork Industry to Innovate

 Guest Post Written By: Joe Patrovich, Director of Pre-Construction and Engineering at Modworxx. Expectations are understandably high when it comes to custom-engineered and -produced products. Architectural millwork, used for improved aesthetics and functionality for the end product, has always been fabricated to meet the specifications for a particular building project. That said, to differentiate itself from stock millwork, the industry must continuously evolve as design trends change and new technology or materials become available. Commercial environments in particular are seeking the creation of innovative millwork features, including cabinetry, shelving, storage, reception desks, lounge or collaboration seating areas, feature walls and more. First, the most creative architectural millwork solutions are incorporating technology in unexpected places. For example, we’re working on a project for a large financial firm that wants to track how much foot traffic the pantry gets. We’ve engineered a ceiling with undulating, wave-like walnut slats with hidden occupancy sensors. Our client will be able to […]

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7th Annual Big Apple Run For The Warriors

At the end of April, Workwell Partners formed a team for the 7th Annual Big Apple Run For The Warriors which benefits Hope For The Warriors foundation. This past Sunday, two of our team members hit the pavement in the Financial District and ran 3 miles for this great cause. Founded aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in 2006, this national nonprofit organization’s mission is to restore self, family, and hope to service members, their families, and families of the fallen through many different programs. The main focus of the different programs is about transition services, clinical health and wellness, as well as sports and recreation. This year marks their tenth anniversary of serving those who served. Over the past month and half, our team raised $795 for Hope for the Warriors. To give a breakdown of where our donation goes, here are some stats: $10 provides a meal to a service member at a […]

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What We’re Reading

The 100% Unassigned Workplace: Is It Good or Bad? (Workplace Design Magazine) Back To Cool: 7 Examples Of Interesting Student Housing From Around The World (Contemporist) Start Strong: 5 Scientifically Proven Ways to Have a More Productive Morning (Inc) Flexible Furniture: 10 Double-Duty Pieces of Furniture Every Small Space Needs (Casa Sugar) What Does Your Personality Say?: The best jobs for every personality type (Forbes) Building Outside the Box: 9 Entrepreneurial Architects Who Developed Innovative Products and Services (Arch Daily)

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Workwell’s Sales Team Grows With Three New Hires

Over the past few months, Workwell has been expanding our team, making key hires to help drive our growing business. Most recently, our team has grown with the addition of three positions on our sales team. With the hiring of a Director of Sales, A&D Account Executive, and Director of Business Development, we’re excited to continue to provide exceptional service with a well-rounded, consultative, passionate team. Michael Schmieder joins the team as Director of Sales, bringing over nine years of experience in sales management in the commercial interiors industry to Workwell. Having worked for Formica Group for over 14 years, Michael’s skills include Strategic Planning, Team Development, and Relationship & Account Management, and will be an asset to Workwell’s growing team and business. Michael has studied Industrial Design Degree at Pratt Institute and has also studied Marketing and Industrial Distribution at The New School and Purdue University, respectively. As Workwell’s A&D Account Executive, Vera Hawkins’ 22 years […]

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Guest Post: Is There A Space That Is Too Google?

 Guest Post: Written By Scott Lesizza, Co-Founder & Principal at Workwell Partners In my line of work, I hear so many people say: “We want our space to be like Google”.  I think to myself: “What the hell does ‘I want my space to be like Google’ actually mean?” Don’t get me wrong – Google’s spaces are amazing, but they are THEIR spaces. Their offices have become as important to their brand as their products. When someone talks about Google, the cool factor of their spaces and amenities come to mind right along with the Google search engine, Droid phone, and Google Maps. Based on these observations, I believe when people say “I want my space to look like Google,” what they actually mean is: “I’m not quite sure what I want my space to look like, but when people talk about us, I want them to think about our space right along with our products […]

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Workwell’s Weekly Round-up

What Color Do You Associate with Certain Words? This Site Quantifies Associations Between Words And Colors (Co. Design) Power of Positivity: 5 Ways to Remind Yourself How Powerful You Really Are (Entrepreneur) Tower Update: Finally, A Glimpse Inside Jean Nouvel’s Supertall MoMA Tower (Curbed NY) Turning On the Light: 4 Steps for Executing an Awesome Idea (Infographic) (Inc.) Focus in the Workplace: The Importance of Quiet and the Consequences of Distraction (BLiNK) Much Needed Inspiration: We Shared This Great Interview with Famed Designer Marcel Wanders on our Facebook (Design Milk)

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Interesting Industry News

A Look Into the History of One of Manhattan’s Most Iconic Avenues: Park Avenue, Interrupted (NY Times) Holiday Trivia: 18 Things You Didn’t Know About the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree (Thrillist) A Royal’s Real Perspective on Urban Design: Prince Charles reveals 10 principles for “more mature view” of urban design (Dezeen) Downtown’s Positive Outlook: Public has embraced gorgeous new World Trade Center (New York Post) Bronx Real Estate Update: FreshDirect to finally break ground in South Bronx (Crain’s New York Business) Whimsy & Wizards: Harry Potter-themed hotel launches in London (Luxury Listings NYC) An Urban Update to the World’s Wonders: These 7 cities are the new ‘Urban Wonders’ of the world (The Real Deal)  

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7 Stories To See Today

Move Over Manhattan: This Outer Borough Neighborhood Was Just Named the Hottest In the City (Bisnow) “Sitting Is the New Smoking” Is So 2014: 3 workplace trends to watch for in 2015 (Fortune) Social Media Smarts: Why Every Facilities Manager Should Be A Facebook Expert (Work Design Magazine) The Bold, Beautiful, and Strange: 5 NYC building oddities (Luxury Listings NYC) City By the Sea: SHoP Architects Reveal Restoration Plan for New York’s Seaport District (Arch Daily) Bring It To Brooklyn: B’klyn to get first spec office building in decades (Crain’s NY Business) The Creative Process: Watch a Designer Who Really Knows What He’s Doing Create a Logo From Scratch (AdWeek)

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Monday Industry Update

Happy Monday all! With another week ahead of us, we’ve gathered some interesting pieces and newsworthy articles to keep you updated as we get working today. Check them out below: A Design To Give You Wings: Surprising Red Bull Offices in New York Designed in a Modern, “Low-Key” Tone (Freshome) A Lesson To Learn In Design: David Rockwell’s Secret To Creativity? Asking “What If” (Fast Co. Design) Hudson Yards Tenant Update: Gary Vaynerchuk’s ad firm takes large space at 10 Hudson Yards (The Real Deal NY) 2020 Olympic Stadium Design Update: Zaha Hadid on “embarrassing” criticism (Dezeen) To Open By Christmas 2016: A First look at a Second Avenue Subway station (New York Post) All For One & One For All: USGBC and BCSE Join Global Effort to Further Energy Efficiency (Otto) ’Tis the season – for $4 million-plus homes: Luxury contracts break record in November (The Real Deal NY) Head In the Clouds?: Technologies For What It’ll Take For Humans […]

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Guest Post: How To Break A Sales Slump and Get Your Mojo Back

 Written by Scott Lesizza, Co-Founder and Principal at Workwell Partners Mojo..  Every society has a word or term for it. Webster’s describes it as: “a power that may seem magical and that allows someone to be very effective, successful, etc”. The word itself invokes images of some mystical force. Sometimes it’s referred to as being in “the zone” or “on point” and on the flipside, “The Yips” when we lose it.  So, what can you do to get out of a slump? If there is one thing I have learned in my professional (and personal) life is that the highs and lows run in spurts. The beauty of highs and lows is that you would never be able to appreciate the good times without occasionally experiencing the bad – and losing one’s mojo. Here are a few tips that I use when I need to get my mojo back: Take a few days off. Coaches […]

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