Changes in technology and employment can have a direct impact on how a company designs its main office space. Businesses not only need to consider the new furniture options that technology makes possible, but the way managers have to anticipate device use with properly-sized desks and workstations. This, in turn, can affect the amount of staff a firm needs to house and the resources that need to be present in the immediate building.

The Houston Business Journal recently addressed these concerns as they apply to local law firms, specifically. According to architect Ken Harry, one factor is the shrinking need for attorney secretaries: with fewer secretaries now needed for each lawyer in a firm, the amount of space required has also dropped. In addition, technology has allowed law offices to reduce the amount of area needed for data storage and processing power.

However, a law firm’s new design principles might not apply to every single section of the building. Bloomberg’s Amanda Hurley recently examined the way big lobbies are still important to law firms as the offices themselves shrink and become less extravagant.

“To the extent there’s an easy answer, it’s that law firms still care about prestige: Nowhere does this come into clearer focus than in the reception area, the most public space in a law office, which announces the firm’s identity and creates all-important first impressions,” Hurley writes.

Making major changes to your business may require you to save money in every way you can. This could involve environmental office solutions that are sourced from other local companies and fit seamlessly into your budget.