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Insights From Our Boston Architectural Rep

Behind the Scenes at MetroWall: Introducing Our Boston Architectural Representative


What makes 2022 such an exciting time for MetroWall clients in Boston? What pressure are many architects facing in the current working climate? And what kind of relationship between suppliers and professionals has become more important than ever?


We asked new team member Ariana Burdett, MetroWall’s Greater Boston Architectural Representative, for her insights into the challenges and opportunities facing projects in the area.

Read on to discover Ariana’s views as well as go behind the scenes of her Architectural Representative work…

Greater Boston’s Architecture Projects in 2022 – Ariana’s Insights

Ariana, a Tufts University Engineering Science and Architectural Studies graduate with almost 20 years of professional experience, explained that she has begun her MetroWall role at an exciting time for the Boston area:

“There’s great opportunity in Boston!

“The city is shifting and expanding constantly and that’s why cranes are everywhere.”

Ariana outlined that she had seen a rising challenge for projects and identified the simple key to leveraging this into an opportunity.

“A common obstacle in today’s world is that project timelines seem to keep getting compressed, yet product lead times seem to keep getting longer and more unpredictable.”

“MetroWall is intensely focused on procurement and making sure we have product continuously stocked so that we can deliver within 3-4 weeks to meet the most challenging schedules.”

“Most of all, the collaborative process between customers, stakeholders and MetroWall is more important than ever. Organizations in a post-Covid world place higher priority on both transparency and collaboration so it’s an exciting time for working smarter and working better together,” she said.

Ariana added that her initial weeks in her new role had shown how MetroWall offers a unique solution to the architectural challenge of such a rapidly-changing city.

“I’ve learned so fast, with the support of the entire team of super dedicated and driven people here, that speed, responsiveness, and commitment to delivering great projects are very much at the heart of the company.

“We sell direct to the customer allowing us to really walk what we talk. After all when you call us you’re speaking directly to the people who design, engineer, sell, manufacture and install our product getting you the right solution faster!”.


She explained that “diving into a project” is a favourite part of her role.

“Understanding what the customer is trying to achieve and coming up with the right solution really motivates me.”

She concluded that her early days “have been filled with conversations about unique challenges and brainstorming to come up with a solution” and pointed out that this makes her “hopeful for the future!”.

Behind the Scenes With Ariana

Ariana also gave a glimpse of her typical workday, and more, by answering our Team MetroWall questions!

Duties of the Greater Boston Architectural Representative role: “To grow company sales by pursuing and advising clients, driving product specification and ensuring a level of service that exceeds expectations.”

Brief career history: “I studied Architectural Engineering and started my career as a Designer. I’ve worn many different hats while working with customers across multiple different industries from both the design and sales side of the workplace world.”

Typical day: “No two days are the same! But usually a mix of collaborating with customers on projects, meeting internally with teammates to information share and make sure everything is running smoothly as well as reaching out to new contacts to share our company and products.”

Why work at MetroWall: “Everyone I met here is not only a really nice person but also incredibly passionate about what they do and working hard to deliver for our customers.  That energy, combined with the opportunity to be part of a growing company with great products that can be delivered quickly in an increasingly complex world, swayed me to accept a new challenge.”

Favorite things about the role: “Meeting new people and getting to work on so many amazing projects – each with their own set of challenges to find solutions for.”

Most interesting challenges in the role: “Every day presents a new challenge. Right now it’s learning all of the details of our systems and capabilities. I’m excited to work with our customers to find the perfect solution to their challenges.”

Work ethos: “Work hard, have passion for what you do, be honest, admit when you don’t know the answer but commit to finding it out.”

Favorite quote:

Listen to Mustn’ts, child, listen to the Don’ts.

Listen to the Shouldn’ts, the Impossibles, the Won’ts.

Listen to the Never Haves, then listen close to me.

Anything can happen, child, Anything can be.

-Shel Silverstein

Dream job: “Travel blogger”

Hobbies: “Travel, Skiing, sailing, sitting on the beach with a good book, discovering the world with my 1 and 3 year old.”

Modern Office Curved Glass walls

Why MetroWall?

We’re proud to be much more than just a supplier for the professionals who rely on us for expert help to make their glass partition project as easy as possible.

That’s because our team, using years of industry experience, approaches each project as a consultant to ensure successful project outcomes.

We design and manufacture and our glass partitions ourselves in New York and even deliver and install using our own expert team.

Ultimately, professionals work for us for two big reasons: our 15 years of experience and our local inventory as this means expertise without the delays!

 

For product inspiration plus sustainability and LEED data click here. To speak to a MetroWall partitional wall specialist simply contact us. We’re here to help.

See also: Choosing a Glass Partition Provider? Ask These Questions First, Glass Door ADA Compliance: Three Things to Know

 

 

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Choosing a Glass Partition Provider? Ask These Questions First

For professionals like designers and architects, finding the right glass partition provider isn’t a simple exercise. That’s because the quality of the provider and their work can have so much impact on the schedule, the performance of the product and – most of all – the final ‘wow’ impact of the partition itself.

Metrowall’s clients often find us after searching for a professional partner they can trust to be an asset to their project.

To make the search for the right provider easier for you, we’ve compiled ten essential questions you should ask of a potential glass partition provider if you’re determined to find better customer experience and a ‘wow’ finished result.

Choosing a Glass Partition Provider: The Essential Questions

Curved Glass Walls with Basketball Game behind

Firstly, what makes us glass partition experts? Well, we’ve been designing, manufacturing and installing partitions purpose-made to wow since 2007.

Using their experience of delivering stunning partitions for demanding professionals, our specialists strongly recommend using a simple checklist to make sure you have’ve found the right partnership for your project…

1. Who will be your point of contact: Knowing how many people you will have to deal with in advance is a must. Will there be a sales rep, a billing department, a shipping office? Or just a single person who will handle all your questions?

Tip: Look for an entirely in-house set-up. We’re proud to make, store, dispatch and install our own glass partitions all from New York State so this means one person can help each client before, during and after their order.

2. Inventory, inventory, inventory: How much and where is it stored?! Especially in 2022, knowing the location and quantity of inventory before your order is a big indicator of a fast, assured lead time.

Tip: A provider should welcome these kinds of questions! Look for simple answers with clear, detailed answers. Every time.

3. The gut instinct test: How have you found their service and support right from that very first call or email?

Tip: Friction right at the start of a professional relationship almost always means a difficult process, always trust your first impressions.

4. Off the shelf or bespoke: A downmarket supplier will be quick to cut corners with ‘stock’ solutions based on the product that suits them best.

Tip: The right glass partition partner will be keen to collaborate to create something made to excite and delight. Ask if they have in-house R&D!

5. Assess the estimate and design process: The quality of the information at the early stage is another great indicator of the standards you can expect.

Tip: Look out for the length of time it takes to receive shop drawings plus check that the estimate is clear and comprehensive. 

6. Expect samples, always: Samples should be available to give a physical indication of quality as well as a way to examine the construction and materials in detail.

Tip: A professional glass partition specialist will be bursting to tell you about the technical specification, source and quality of every part of a partition! 

7. Study the client list…hard: Does the provider’s client list give you immediate confidence in their ability to make an awesome partition happen for you?

Tip: A client list should instantly impress and give some indicator of the provider’s reputation in their industry. For example, you’ll find MetroWall clients and testimonials proudly shown on our homepage.

8. Think about local knowledge: Supplying a glass partition and understanding your local area are two different things. Getting this wrong is a frequent source of delays and frustration.

Tip: Ask about their experience with local challenges. In our state – New York – this means dealing with unions, freight elevator restrictions, off hours noise rules, trade coordination, building rules & regs, sidewalk/street access, labor requirements and more!

9. Shipping details matter: A supplier who will simply drop a crated partition to your site using a delivery company opens up a risk of damage AND leaves you with crates to deal with.

Tip: Look for an in-house delivery service like MetroWall’s dispatch service (part of our ‘concept to completion’ service) as it means the provider can keep the partition safe right up to installation and even remove crates from the site.

10. Ask about the ‘why’ AND ‘where’ of the whole supply chain: Ask about the geographical location of every part of the manufacturing to delivery process.

Tip: An overseas link in the supply chain adds a risk to lead times! One element of your partition winding up stuck in a container somewhere breaks the entire lead time process. For example, this is why we insist on higher quality locally-made glass.

Ready for a more professional glass partition experience? Following this approach means you will’ll have taken the right steps to source a faster, easier glass partition provider.

 

Why You Need to Know About MetroWall

MetroWall LP Series Curved Panels

We are’re proud to be much more than just a supplier for the professionals who rely on us for expert help to make their glass partition project as easy as possible.

That’s because our team, using years of industry experience, approaches each project as a consultant to ensure successful project outcomes.

We even design, manufacture, store and install our glass partitions ourselves right here in New York.

Ultimately, professionals work for us for two big reasons: our 15 years of experience and our local inventory as this means expertise without the delays!

For product inspiration plus sustainability and LEED data click here. To speak to a MetroWall partitional wall specialist simply contact us. We’re here to help.

 

See also: Single or Double Glazed Partition? Start With This Question

 Three Things to Know About Glass Door ADA Compliance

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Meet DG – For Workspaces That Call For Confidentiality

At MetroWall, our aim is to help architects and designers to create workspaces that work. Our range features three different products: Vetro, LP and DG. Each line offers the versatility you require to ensure your perfect design, but with unique features to help you meet your business needs. This month we’re shining a spotlight on DG – the perfect partition for when privacy is paramount.

This is DG

The trend for airy, open plan workspaces is here to stay – after all, few people work at their best in a small, strip-lit cubicle – but space and light can mean a compromise on privacy.

Until now.

DG is lab tested to provide the best possible acoustic performance (with sound ratings up to 48 STC) and features numerous aesthetic and functional options including:

  • Single or double glazed
  • Vertical or horizontal mullions
  • A choice of finishes.

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MetroWall proud market leaders in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions

As well as the finest products, we also offer the fastest lead times in NY state. This is just one of the things that has helped us to become the market leader for glass partitions in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.

Want to work with us? Get in touch, today.

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How MetroWall is staying a step ahead of the supply chain shortage

From household goods and electronics to raw materials, the global supply chain shortage is ongoing and affecting just about every industry. At MetroWall, we worked to combat these issues before they even began. Disruptions started around the time the Covid pandemic emerged but challenges to the construction and building industry are taking considerably longer than expected to normalize – but why? And how do MetroWall’s manufacturing processes address the issue?

What is the global supply chain?

The global supply chain is an invisible pathway that takes goods from where they’re manufactured or grown, to where they need to go. From raw material to end user. The supply  chain regularly crosses not just borders but oceans too.

Why has it been affected

Disruptions to the supply chain began in early 2020. Factories and manufacturing plants were hit hard by Covid 19. Many were shut down and others were forced to work at drastically reduced capacity.

It’s not simply a matter of “ah, Covid”, though. In response to an anticipated drop in sales during the early days of the pandemic, shipping companies greatly reduced their scheduling but customers didn’t stop spending, they just spent their money elsewhere. So, while spending at restaurants and movie theatres fell, spending in areas like home renovations and Covid-secure workspaces skyrocketed. Building companies responded to this by ordering in bulk.

The steep surge in demand combined with fewer ships to transport goods, clogged the system. Combine this with labor issues and a shortage of shipping containers and you’ve got yourself a perfect storm.

When will the shortages end?

The answer to this isn’t entirely clear (we can now add severe weather events like Hurricane Ida and foreign political upheavals like Brexit to the mix), but it seems likely that these issues will continue well into 2022. 

How are MetroWall circumventing the issue?

It could be argued that such an issue was inevitable – many companies have purposely been keeping lean inventories to limit costs for years but at Metrowall, we do things a little differently. We’ve always believed in holding large quantities of inventory in stock. In the past, this has allowed us to have the fastest lead times in New York and right now, it allows us to buck the trend of delays and shortages and deliver on our 3-4 week lead time promise.

Many companies source materials internationally to save on costs but at MetroWall, we’ve always sourced locally. Not only does this give us greater control and flexibility, it’s also good for the community and helps the environment by reducing shipping and storage. It’s also given us the chance to build strong connections and strategic agreements with our vendors to allow for uninterrupted supply. And, right now, it’s helping us sidestep industry-wide issues caused by heavy reliance on the shipping industry.

At MetroWall, we’re a one-stop shop. We control the entire process (manufacturing through install), we do our own deliveries so we’re not affected by shipping bottlenecks or vehicle shortages and we always have and always will forecast our inventory against demand.

Supply Chain shortage or no, at MetroWall we’re sticking fast to our 3-4 week lead time.

Want to work with us? 

Get in touch today to find out how our 3-4 week lead times could transform your workspace sooner than our competitors.

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Five Reasons a MetroWall Glass Partition is a Sustainable Choice

Sustainability is becoming more important by the day. With climate change high on the agenda, many of us in the construction industry are thinking of ways we can build and design spaces that don’t just do good for the occupants but do good for the planet too.

When it comes to an interior redesign there are a number of factors to consider, one of which is the material to use for partitions and walls. Fabric and drywall are construction industry stalwarts but is there a superior choice available? We say, yes.

Glass Partitions are a worthier choice for several reasons. Not only can glass maximize the use of space, increase productivity and boost staff well-being, it can also make for a greener build.

Want to know why? Here, we’ve put together our…

Top five reasons a MetroWall glass partition is a sustainable choice for a workspace:

1. Glass is recyclable

Glass is one of the most sustainable materials around. It’s fully recyclable and can be used over and over again without a drop in quality.

2. Glass production creates less waste

The amount of waste produced during the manufacture of glass is low and most of the waste can be collected, remelted and used to produce new glass.

3. Glass can reduce energy consumption

Glass facilitates the flow of natural light, which doesn’t just contribute to increased staff wellbeing but also saves on the amount of energy used.

4. MetroWall glass is locally manufactured

We probably *could* reach out to Europe or China for our glass manufacturer but we don’t. We use local manufacturers to ensure our carbon footprint is kept to a minimum and our lead times are rapid.

5. MetroWall partitions can be used again

Our glass partition and wall ranges allow for hundreds of different configurations. So, if you’re looking to change your office space and you have MetroWall partitions in place, you can demount and recreate the right office environment for your changing needs.

Want to make sure your office redesign fits with your green credentials?

At MetroWall, we exist to make your life simpler. We offer the complete package for your office fit out: from design to installation, we’ll be with you every step of the way. We have decades of experience in the industry yet we keep on top of every advance and innovation through our dedicated R&D investments. We also work to a three-week lead time, which is the quickest in the industry.

Find out more by contact us via the button below or download our brochures now.

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MetroWall are at Product Parade

The International Interior Design Association’s Product Parade is back for 2021 and we’re delighted to say that the Metrowall team will be attending. The legendary outdoor trade show is where interior designers and industry professionals from across the region come together to connect.

Our dedicated sales team will be hosting booths at both Morristown and Princeton and we want to show our colleagues across the design industry just how we earned our 9.6/10 customer satisfaction rating! 

Come see us at the Metrowall booth and our team will be on hand to answer your questions and tell you more about why we’re the market leaders in glass walls and partitions in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. 

As well as the Metrowall team, there will be 25+ exhibitors, unlimited food and drink and live music. Plus, the chance to network and connect with interior design professionals from across the state.

Sign up for your tickets at the Eventbrite page and be sure to come say hi!

Here are the full details:

Product Parade flyer Morristown

2021 Morristown City Center Product Parade:

When: Tue, September 21, 2021
4:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

Where: Dauphin
100 Fulton Street
Boonton, NJ 07005
United States

2021 Princeton City Center Product Parade:

When: Wed, October 13, 2021 (rain date October 14th)
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT

Where: HDR Princeton
Lenox Dr Suite 100
Lawrence Township, NJ 08648
United States

We hope to see you there.

 

 

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Glass Solutions for Architectural Design

Offices from the dim and distant past were dark and cavernous spaces. No longer.

These days glass partitions are designed to seamlessly integrate with the most ambitious architectural designs to create inspiring interiors.

At Metrowall we work with some of New York’s most innovative architects to bring clients’ visions to life – glass solutions for the most beautiful, functional spaces.

And while glass partitions are a familiar sight in commercial office interiors, we’re seeing them increasingly commissioned for condos and lofts, hotels and more – an incredible way to create distinct areas without losing that feeling of true space.

Engineered and Tested

But we’re not just focused on the aesthetics – important though they are – our glass partitions and doors are expertly engineered and tested to the nth degree, so you can be assured of a top-quality product.

From experience, we expect and welcome a wealth of questions when specifying glass partitions. That’s why we have specialist technicians on-hand to provide comprehensive answers and offer their professional advice, so you can choose the perfect product for your specific needs.

And with years of experience and knowledge to their credit, our sales teams and installers are vigilant for potential problems, so that we can head them off at the pass. Our expertise isn’t just invaluable, it all comes as part of the end-to-end MetroWall service.

Carefully designed and installed by dedicated teams, we’re all about a fuss free service and impeccable outcomes.

Rapid Lead-Times

We also help minimize disruption and support project efficiency by delivering a comprehensive service that happens mainly off-site. With production occurring elsewhere, you’ll only see us when we appear to measure and then deliver and install the finished product in double-quick time.

Of course, that’s only if you’re a MetroWall customer, because our lead times are the best in the business. Just three weeks from ordering to installation to transform office spaces and workplace ambiance.

Vetro – Your Perfect Partner

While our glass partitions are a familiar sight in New York’s new-builds and modern office blocks – whatever space you’re working with, we can help you to bring your vision to fruition. It’s amazing what you can achieve with an expert approach and thoughtfully designed products.

MetroWall’s Vetro product, for example, integrates beautifully with standard construction methods. With robust leveling tolerances and simple building integration, Vetro eliminates issues caused by imperfect building conditions. So, if an office design is throwing up some extra challenges, never fear – Vetro Is here.

So, when it comes to glass partitioning, there’s only one name you need to know. MetroWall.

Get in Touch

To find out more about how MetroWall’s glass solutions for architectural design can revolutionize any office or home environment, speak to one of our product experts.

Get in touch with the team today.

 

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