Jordyn Alford--A McWaters Partner in Design

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Jordyn Alford--A McWaters Partner in Design

March 2, 2017

Jordyn holds a BA in Interior Design with a minor in Art from Anderson University. She's also involved in the American Society of Interior Designers and the International Interior Design Association. 

On comfort and efficiency

All aspects of a space can play into the engagement of employees, whether they realize it or not. Society has normalized uncomfortable, less than ideal workspaces – so most employees don’t realize how much more efficient they would work in a well-designed space that is optimized for their type of work. We talk a lot with clients about offering choice and control – especially in places that utilize a lot of mobile technology.

On designing with A/V technology in mind. 

We like to ask a lot of questions up front to get as much information as we can from the client about how they would like their space to function. Sometimes we make suggestions about AV integration that would further their goals for the space, and sometimes they already have an idea of what they want in the space.

Most furniture manufacturers are attuned to the need for accommodating technology and have plenty of furniture options that integrate power and data. I recently worked on a few spaces in the local university library and their main concern was access to power. College students probably have a higher use of technology than anyone else. Our main goal was to find a way to bring power to every setting we designed and even some existing settings that were not getting used because they weren’t close enough to power. We achieved that through Thread, which allowed us to bring power off of the columns and to several existing furniture settings. We added power spheres to existing and new collaborative tables, and we used panel and benching systems to run high volume power through multiple stations to create study carrels and a computer lab.

What was the most inspiring thing you saw at the Atlanta Worklife Center?

I always enjoy getting to see products that we don’t get to specify a lot of. I love the Lagunitas lounge, and how it doubles as a dining/collaborative setting in the Atlanta showroom. The showroom also had a lot of fun workstation layouts. I get a lot of projects where clients just want a standard L-shaped workstation, so I try to challenge myself to propose something a little funky just to switch things up a bit and the showroom gave me a lot of great ideas. 

What was one thing you saw that you had never thought of before?

I was inspired by the way the showroom created privacy in their spaces. In one area, they had a Media:scape set up so that the screen was facing the corner of the room. It effectively created a private meeting space with moveable furniture rather than permanent walls. I'm also excited to get a chance to use the new Boundary Screens that I saw. They have a look that is so different from the traditional panel. I think it will be well received by clients who still need to keep their panels, but want a refreshed aesthetic. 

 

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