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4 high-tech appliances for design-build in Kansas City

Cutting edge office break rooms and office cafes

By Scott Hamele, DBIA President and founder of Construction DesignWorks, LLC and Nationwide Commercial Inspections, LLC

As a company that provides design-build in Kansas City, we are in the business of making your business better. One of the most important pieces of this equation is the finish plan which includes paint colors, types of flooring and technology. We typically think of computer infrastructure and audio-visual systems when discussing office technology. One major area that is typically neglected is appliances. Only a select few Kansas City construction companies provide design-build services. Of those select few, a small percentage provide high-tech solutions for appliances.

A Class A office space deserves cutting edge finishes and state-of-the-art technology, primarily to attract high-end clients, recruit and retain top-level employees. Some may feel modern, technologically advanced appliances are a bit over-the-top and considered a perk of working in a Class A office environment. However, consider how much money is spent on upgraded flooring, counter tops, lighting and plumbing fixtures.

Cutting edge office break rooms and office cafes include these 4 high-tech appliances for design-build in Kansas City

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Let’s start with the most obvious, the refrigerator. Smart refrigerators are becoming more prevalent in households and are now beginning to be included in high-end office tenant finishes. Recent models include 15” HD-ready LCD screens and a message center. These screens are nothing short of a normal tablet which allows you to surf the web, listen to music, watch TV, search recipes and keep track of your grocery list. It would be great to leave corporate messages as well as include a company calendar where everyone can see it.


Smart Microwave

Take the estimating out of how long to microwave your meal by using the scan-to-cook technology microwave. This high-tech appliance takes the guesswork out of microwave cooking temperature and time. Use your smartphone or tablet to scan frozen meals to determine the type of meal, brand and size. The microwave will then select the proper cooking time and set the temperature.

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Internet-Controlled Refrigerated Oven

Yes, you are reading that correctly. There is now manufactured an internet-controlled refrigerated oven. This is a programmable appliance that refrigerates its contents and can also cook your meal. The refrigeration mode keeps your meal properly chilled between 32-40 F. Using the phone or tablet app, you can communicate and set up the oven to turn on a specified time of day at a set temperature for a definite duration. How great would it be to program your breakfast casserole to be ready to eat for an early morning meeting?