The logical flow of a building’s internal design can help you more easily guide people from one location to another, from one building to another, and restrict access to areas that may not be suitable to particular types of guests. This is the case for regular retail stores, convention spaces, and unique buildings designed for particular purposes; such as the waiting room of a large warehouse or workshop.
However, while you may have enough staff for each person on the premises, it may not be that you have time to chaperone every single person around, nor do you believe this to be necessary. With the right utilities aiding in expressing the pathway to a would-be new visitor, those who come to your space can more easily take themselves around and follow the prescribed path in safety.
This won’t happen in a vacuum. People tend to be curious, and in order to avoid making mistakes, they need to be shown in quite clear terms. In this post, we’ll discuss how business managers and building owners can implement such a strategy.
Signs & Illumination
It’s helpful to make sure that signs and lighting are both used in tandem to ensure the obvious route forward is clear. Free-standing sign towers can also show exactly which direction certain departments, services or products can be found. Staff exits or side door may also be integrated by being painted a similar color to the wall and undergoing no special lighting, so that your staff may notice this as an official route for them to use, but your customers won’t. Additionally, worthwhile fixtures implemented by Sheridan Lifts can help them see which accessibility measures are for them, and which aren’t.
Arrows & Chevrons
In many places, lines, arrows and chevrons can serve as great implements for incorporating the logical flow of a building into its visual design. This way, people will be able to follow an exact color-coded chart to a specific area, and this can be tremendously worthwhile in large public buildings like clinics, museums, hospitals and art galleries. Overhead arrows and signage as necessary can also be a good way to enhance the visibility from more places than one. And of course, it can’t hurt to provide this information clearly and carefully with the printed visitor material offered to them as they walk in the door.
Fire Safety Necessities
Fire safety is perhaps the most important measure to get right here. Visitors need to be able to find the evacuation protocols easily despite not having immediate training or undergoing drills before they attend your premises for the first time. WIth bright green signage, exit routes always clear, and fire alarms capably placed throughout the building, you can make sure that this protocol is well considered. It’s also a good idea to train staff in the proper protocol such as how to chaperone large audiences out of a room if necessary without causing a panic. It’s unlikely they’ll need to use these skills, but it’s not worth taking that risk by failing to train them.