Modular Casework – the ultimate in flexibility, modularity and usability

By Stuffey | January 10, 2020

Modular Casework is fast becoming THE alternative to built-in cabinets. Its use is spreading from offices to laboratories and from hospitals to schools. Problem: Webster doesn’t offer a definition for “Modular Casework”. Answer: we decided to suggest a few of our own.

mod•u•lar [moj-uh-ler] case•work [keys-wurk] / [kās-werk] (noun)

1. Storage system designed to be customized, re-configured, re-located and re-used

2. Furniture that looks built in, but isn’t

Consider your office environment. There are several areas well suited for modular casework. Areas like community workspace, copy/fax/print areas, mail rooms, break rooms, kitchens, libraries, and other spaces that have specific activity and storage needs. But what if those needs change? Modular casework is designed to change with you, and that’s the gist of what it is as a “product”.

3. More than just a product. It is a system of manufacturing that gives you the versatility and look of built-in millwork with the value and precision of a CAD driven, factory produced product, with a 7-year depreciation schedule, and a limited lifetime warranty.

Consider your investment. Millwork is classified as permanent construction and requires 39 years to depreciate. Modular casework, on the other hand, is treated like furniture and depreciates in 7 years. The ability to specify finishes, surfaces, hardware and other elements can create a look that fully integrates into the interior design plan. Set-up and installation is simplified, because it comes from the factory as finished components – saving time and money. Reusing the components as departments move, or needs change is a snap. So, you aren’t throwing your investment away or leaving it there when you go. (Just because it looks built in doesn’t mean it has to act like it.) Flexible, modular, usable. Mr. Webster…take note!

{We recently had the opportunity to visit the BJAC’s architecture office in Raleigh, North Carolina to see firsthand how they incorporated modular casework into their office. They use base cabinets, wall cabinets and shelving in the print/work area, base cabinets and wall cabinets in the kitchen and shelving in the library. One of the design features of the office is clear, corrugated polycarbonate panels on metal studs used for walls and partitions. The fact that the casework and shelving is finished on all sides turned out to be key – due to the transparency of these panels (the backside of the shelving in the print/work area is visible.) In the kitchen, the customization of the casework allowed for aluminum framed glass doors to be used, which worked well with the overall look of the office. The shelving in the library was designed to allow for binder as well as flat file storage and was built around a work area and laminate chip samples. To the left are some photos from our visit.}

To learn more about Modular Casework you can visit our Modular Casework pages.


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