Attending a face-to-face business meeting these days is a much awaited pleasure, but it’s not without its challenges. Hybrid work models are raising issues of equity. Technology continues to evolve, so there’s new hardware to master and software upgrades to absorb. Connectivity, oftentimes spotty, can shut things down in the blink of an eye. Plus, you’ve always got to be on your game. So, as an employee or guest, how would you feel if you had the added complication of merely getting into the conference room and pulling up to the table? Yet that’s what many wheelchair users, and users of other mobility devices, have to contend with when the room layout and furnishings are less than ideal.
In designing one of its latest conference furniture collections, Gensler not only observed the relevant ADA guidelines for all rectangular and boat-shaped tables, but it also integrated other accessibility features — including perimeter power, illuminated power ports, and wireless charging — to further inclusion.