Bill Bouchey Discusses the Advantages and Challenges of Interior Glass in Workplace Design
Building Design + Construction magazine recently interviewed HOK’s Bill Bouchey on the growing trend to incorporate interior glass into the open-office plan.
“Demountable interior glass provides owners and property managers with the flexibility to reconfigure office spaces quickly to accommodate manpower or tenant shifts, says Bill Bouchey, IIDA, director of interiors with HOK, based in the firm’s New York office. Some glass systems allow information to be written or projected onto them, further enhancing workplace connectivity. And interior glass is more durable and requires less maintenance than drywall.”
“HOK recently worked on a 600,000-sf building in Manhattan whose south and west sides were exposed to significant sunlight during afternoon hours. Bouchey says his firm only realized how serious this problem could be when it built a 3,000-sf mockup of one of the offices.”
“HOK’s solution was to: eliminate all conference rooms along the perimeter of the building; install a shading system on the perimeter windows; apply four-foot-high film strips on the glass for interior rooms to cool ‘hot spots’; and move the interior lighting in the ceiling 12 inches farther away from the interior glass walls.”