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The Best Way to Measure and Design Your Comm Center

Posted by Previous Xybix Employee on Feb 24, 2015 4:02:53 PM

Xybix Initial Design Process

Learn how Xybix gathers details through the initial measurement process to create a custom professional design layout of your comm center. Proper and accurate room dimensions and measurements will ensure the correct fit and placement of your furniture within your space while adhering to ADA clearances and fire codes. 

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Topics: Design

Complete Your Comm Center Design with a Live Iteractive Meeting

Posted by Doug Herman on Dec 15, 2014 8:47:00 AM

iStock_000033403126_LargeAre you the newly appointed project manager for your center’s new layout and design? If so, take a deep breath. You’re not alone. When these projects land on your already full plate, there’s a way to ensure everyone is happy, the project goes smoothly, and everyone gets what they need. You’re not only going to come out of this project safely, but with an incredible sense of accomplishment under your belt.

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Topics: Design

Designing Your Comm Center: What to Leave To the Professionals

Posted by Ken Carson on Dec 5, 2014 4:13:00 PM

XybixExperienceOne of the most exciting parts of designing a comm center or building a new 911 dispatch center is working on the layout. Everyone has ideas on how they can make it better. And why not? Sitting at the consoles for hours on end does give you time to think. Often time it is 'well that is stupid, why did they put that there?', or 'why am I sitting underneath an air conditioning vent?'

What do you need to look for and what do you need to ask to get it done right?  How do you get the best room design for you?  How do you know if they are just “selling you” or actually helping you out?  Will you meet ADA?  When the furniture shows up will it fit and will your equipment fit. 

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Topics: Design, Workstation Planning

What You Can Expect From Your Initial Xybix Site Visit

Posted by Previous Xybix Employee on Oct 27, 2014 3:51:46 PM

Initial Site Visit

Plan on about an hour to hour and half for the initial site visit. It’s helpful to have all the necessary players involved so that initial issues can be brought to the table and questions and concerns can be addressed. This would include Comm Center Director, Manager or Supervisor, Architect (if necessary), IT Manager, etc.

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Topics: Buying, Purchasing, Design, Dispatch Consoles, Workstation Planning

Why Should 911 Dispatch Centers Plan for ADA Requirements?

Posted by Previous Xybix Employee on Aug 4, 2014 9:00:00 AM

ADAComplianceRe-designing your current 911 dispatch center or designing a new comm center can be challenging. On top of the aesthetic and ergonomic planning — what we like to call the fun stuff — you’re also going to need to take Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements and building codes into account. These can seem complicated at first, but don’t get discouraged! We recommend hiring a professional designer who can help you along the way. Professional designers know all about ADA requirements, clearances and other building codes you need to plan for so you don’t end up with costly changes or a lawsuit down the road.

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Topics: Design

Dispatch Center Planning: How Much Square Footage Do I Need?

Posted by Judi Jump on Jun 2, 2014 8:19:00 AM

XybixDesignPlanningSo you’re planning a new dispatch center! Where should you start? One of the first questions an architect or contractor may ask is how much square footage you’ll require for the space. This is a tricky question, and one that carries serious financial consequences. On one hand, you don’t want so much space that sections of the room are left empty. On the other, you don’t want to squeeze workstations into an area that is too small either. Take advantage of this pre-planning stage to build the perfect fit — with a space for your current staff (plus room to grow) that will meet the functional requirements of an up-to-date dispatch center. But how much square footage is that, exactly? That question may leave you scratching your head.

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Topics: Purchasing, Design, Dispatch Consoles

Interior Designers: The Key to Public Health, Safety & Welfare

Posted by Previous Xybix Employee on Apr 8, 2014 4:21:13 PM

XybixInteriorDesignFirst things first, What Is Interior Design?

The history of interior design dates back thousands of years. Evidence shows that cave walls were painted with detailed representations of animals and plants. Egyptians decorated their homes with painted vases and handmade sculptures. And the Greeks used mosaic floors and wall paintings to embellish their interiors, even establishing strict guidelines for building construction.

Interior design is the art of planning and overseeing the design and execution of architectural interiors. This may sound simple, however, there are countless details to consider when designing interior spaces, such as adjacency requirements, environmental impacts, furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E), and finish selections, along with the fundamental principles of design: balance, emphasis, rhythm, proportion and scale, harmony and unity. The way these details and principles are combined and interact create the overall design of a space.

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Topics: Design, Pre-Installation

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