With hundreds of students entering the classroom this fall, ensuring your learning facilities are adequate to meet their needs is nothing short of a must. While many schools think about the technology students need most to succeed, several overlook the importance of the basics, like comfortable lecture hall seating.

Does It Even Matter?

A chair is a chair is a chair, right? Not quite when it comes to building a productive learning environment. Studies have repeatedly shown that people learn better in comfortable environments, and if you’re selecting something that is about as comfortable as a rock, you’re going to have nearly that level of success in the classroom. The last thing instructors want is students to be concerned about their seating, and providing better options mean they’ll never have to give it a second thought as they move this way or that in their seats working to take notes and pay attention in class.

Are There Any Real Options Out There?

If you haven’t shopped for lecture hall seating recently, you may not even know that there are several options available to meet the needs of your students. Take a look at a few.

  • Swing Away Seating: Almost the ideal choice for every single lecture hall, swing away seats are easy to maintain and offer any space a streamlines look that’s perfect. Because they’re mounted above the floor, the space is easy to maintain, and you can add options like foam seat covers and more for student comfort.
  • Beam Seating: Whether you’re searching for radius or straight configurations, fixed beam seating is perfect when you want to maximize the seating space you have on hand. Nothing ever ends up out of place or in the way when you’re talking about fixed beams, and you can even go with additional comfort options like contour foam seats.
  • Single Pedestal Seating: When you want fixed seating, but you need a bit of individuality, this is a great choice. It gives you more functional space planning, as well as a solid level of comfort.
  • Multi-Purpose Seating: Perhaps the most flexible choice of all, multi-purpose seating allows you the opportunity to choose from a number of different seating options, but you can move all of it out of the space should you need it for other things. From traditional stacking chair designs that incorporate ergonomic comfort to stylish modern choices that add real character to your classroom, you might be surprised at the number of available options in this category.

Ready to get started? Contact us today for more information. We’ll help you come up with the ideal lecture hall seating to meet your needs.

Whether you’re building or renovating, you’ve probably already heard the term LEED standards tossed around at least once or twice. Not sure what they are? You’re not alone. This quick guide can help.

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design. It’s a green building certification program through the US Green Building Council. The idea behind these standards was to literally transform the construction industry to create a greener planet. It considers how buildings are designed and constructed as well as how entire communities are created on a global scale.

LEED certified buildings help to save resources (and money in some cases), because they’re designed with renewable energy in mind. Not every building can be LEED certified, though. Instead, there are certain prerequisites that have to be satisfied and a number of different points to be earned in certain areas to get to various levels of certification.

Should You Bother?

If you’re building a new facility or you’re having an older facility renovated, you can certainly choose to go with LEED certification. There are a number of reasons you may want to consider it. LEED certification is a mark of achievement unlike any other, and if you’re serious about a green commitment within your company, it’s something you’ll want to consider. LEED certification means that you’re going to conserve energy and resources every step of the way. You’ll be able to provide employees and customers alike with better indoor air quality thanks to your building material choices, and you’ll achieve real returns throughout the life of the structure because it costs less to operate and reduces energy and your water bills.

Interested in becoming LEED certified with your upcoming project? Contact us today to learn how we can help ensure your project meets the requirements.