Outdoor Amenities

The Extension of the Workplace

Southwestern United States, particularly Southern California is blessed with temperate weather that allows outdoor areas to be utilized as work annexes almost year-round as a part of a commercial interior design strategy.

With the advent of COVID-19, the future of exterior shaded areas that extend a working environment, become a facility asset.  The pandemic has and will continue to change corporate thinking on how to configure the work place—outdoor areas, where possible will become a part of that strategy.

Whether the outdoor area is an extension of a training room, open office, break room or a conference room, these areas are also suitable for social activities that enhance the corporate marketing plan.


The two illustrated projects are examples of extensions to a training room and executive office that allow the continuation of business in a relaxed environment.  Sherman Design Group, Inc., whenever possible, design these types of outdoor amenities into their facility design.

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About the Author

Rayne Sherman

Rayne Sherman

Rayne Sherman is a nationally recognized authority in design, space planning and construction for commercial, industrial, financial and healthcare projects. With 40 years of experience, Rayne has provided facilities planning, interior and graphic design services to a wide variety of clients throughout the Western United States. Rayne works with Project Managers and staff to set strategic goals for each project and is responsible for overall project direction and delivery.

Rayne is a classic automobile owner/enthusiast with active leadership in the Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance, additionally Rayne is a lifelong traveler, with first hand exposure to many cultures, experiences and architectural/design styles.