If you manage a productive warehouse, you might find you need a quiet place to complete administrative tasks or supervise the facility. That’s where an in-plant office can come in handy.
How do you build an office in a warehouse? Let’s break it down step by step.
Adding an office into your existing warehouse is easier than you might think. With a little planning and the right materials, you’ll be able to enjoy your completed space in no time.
Before you can begin construction and build an office in a warehouse, you have to do a bit of planning. First things, first: What will your office space be used for? Do you need a break room or a true office space for employees? Will this space provide offices for supervisors who may need to work from a mezzanine or observation deck?
Understanding your goals for this office space will help you decide on the design of your in-plant office. For example, in the case of a second-floor in-plant office, you may need large windows to ensure proper supervision of the warehouse floor. Heat and air conditioning may be important features to maintain a comfortable environment for a break room or office space.
Next, you’ll want to determine where you’ll place your new in-plant office. Do you plan to use existing walls, or will this office be freestanding within your warehouse? Consider who will be using the office and how they will access it. As we mentioned earlier, in-plant offices constructed on a mezzanine are a popular option for warehouses looking to save space and incorporate observation spaces. It’s also important to remember that where you locate your in-plant office can affect how you connect utilities like electricity or plumbing.
Once you’ve found the perfect spot, it’s time to start taking measurements. Measure the total footprint of the new office in your warehouse, but don’t forget about vertical space, either. If you plan to build either a two-story modular office or an office on a mezzanine, it’s good to know how much height you’re working with.
The next step is to select the materials you’ll need to build the office in your warehouse. Are there certain materials that you need to use for your industry or safety requirements? Do you plan to build the office from scratch or use prefabricated, modular components?
Modular components are the ideal solution for most offices in warehouses. They’re fast-to-deliver, eliminate mess and disruption to your daily operations, install quickly, and can be reconfigured should your needs change down the road.
Before you can build an office in a warehouse, you have to pull all of the necessary permits and permissions for construction. These will likely depend on the intended use of the space, the planned size of your new in-plant office, and the location and zoning of your warehouse facility.
If your office design contains complex features or includes special trades, you may need to consult specialists to install different components in the space. Schedule electricians, plumbers, and HVAC specialists early to ensure they’re available to get your office up and running as soon as possible.
This is another benefit of choosing modular construction — it’s easy to customize your office with the trades that matter to you. Modular office panels make electrical, HVAC, and plumbing hookups fast and simple, so you can save time on those costly trade installations.
With your space mapped out, your measurements defined, and a clear idea of how you’d like to build, all that’s left is to make your office in a warehouse happen.
Modular construction is the most convenient way to install an office in a warehouse. With accurate measurements and all the special design features you need prefabricated off-site, your office is shipped directly to your warehouse, where it can be quickly assembled and made ready for immediate use.
Space is usually one of the most precious resources in any warehouse. Adding a modular office can help make the most of limited space while providing a quiet and comfortable place for meetings or general business needs. Some of the additional benefits of building a modular warehouse office include:
Unlike traditional buildings, modular offices arrive in panels ready to assemble. Instead of waiting for materials and then waiting on a construction crew, you can begin setting up your office inside your warehouse immediately.
Since modular offices come in panels, you can easily customize the size and layout without needing extensive repairs. Adding an office to a warehouse can also divide departments, as each team can have their own space. Or, give your drivers their own room by placing a building near their entrance or the loading docks.
Modular offices are easy to relocate, whether you need to move your unit five feet or five miles away. This ability means you can move it as your warehouse expands or downsizes. Additionally, if you transfer operations to a new warehouse, your modular office can easily move with you.
There is no limit to the number of modular buildings you can place in a warehouse if you have the space. You can easily add onto an existing unit as your company grows and expands. You can also combine multiple offices to create a custom building.
Modular offices are durable, and when you perform regular upkeep and maintenance, your building can last up to 30 years. At Starrco, we ensure all of our modular offices meet local and state requirements and building codes. Our team thoroughly tests all elements of our modular buildings to ensure they meet our high quality standards.
Unlike the main floor of a warehouse, our modular office spaces offer a quiet and private place your employees can use to conduct meetings, place phone calls and complete other high-priority tasks. Since you can put these modular offices anywhere in the warehouse, you can also use them as a breakroom so employees stay close to or within their primary working area.
Ready to build an office in your warehouse? Whether it’s the facilities manager’s office or a break room, Starrco has the design capabilities and the modular solutions you need. Give us a call at 800-352-4259 for more information, or contact us online today.