SLA’s experiential knowledge of integrating key human factors and ergonomics conducive to 24/7 shiftwork environment design needs into a graphical (architectural) design vocabulary to visually shows how space, volume, and workflow may be assembled to create a 3D shell that encloses interior control console / video display-wall environments that blends a client’s requirements with specific and important 24/7 ergonomic human factors and architectural design principles.  With the integration of such goals and spatial relationships in the resulting design, we can enhance and optimize the operational experience of our clients in these facilities.  Improved Operator alertness and vigilance resulting from the designed environment we devise in turn creates better safety and situational-awareness for both control room Board-Operations personnel as well as Field-Operators and maintenance contractors working in the plant.  Smith LaRock’s experience in delivering command center and control room design utilizing advanced CAD (REVIT BIM) techniques have created better delivery methodologies, and solutions to specific problems within these control centers.

  • Human Factors
    • For thousands of years, the need for a built-environment to satisfy a specific function, want, or need has driven design.  SLA has developed a design process or methodology that considers the capabilities and limitations of people as we develop architectural design concepts.  Specialized lighting and ceiling system designs, acoustics- both active and passive, HVAC systems distribution, computer access floor systems, materials, colors and finishes, control console ergonomics and video display system specifications are just a few of the human factors elements that we coordinate in a design project.
    • As we incorporate such key human factors into our design solutions, the architecture solution begins to deliver an integrated design concept that not only supports the process control necessary, but also improves the operator’s alertness and vigilance of a 8-12 hour shift, offers the Operators various ways to enhance that alertness- whether by alertness recovery or an alertness enhancement approach in one of our fatigue countermeasures suites.  SLA has developed design methodologies that integrates ergonomic considerations with an architectural design process resulting in functional space that not only meets our Client’s needs, but helps it deliver better operational alertness, situational awareness, and safety to the entire operating plant.
    • SLA’s human-centered design methodology takes inspiration from the broader field of ergonomics. The design solutions we develop and present are the result of our participatory and iterative process for architectural design activities where we engage key human factors principles that we have found to be most helpful in focusing our stakeholders attention and physiological well-being and attention to their needs and wants, their involvement in both the design process and the operational outcome, and their need to provide for better safety within their span of control.
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