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How Much Does a Bullpen (Open) Office Cubicle System Cost?

Perfectly suited to energetic fields where fast action and team work are often not just important but outright necessary, the Bullpen office system (also known as the “open office system”) has been making a comeback in recent years. Utilized successfully both currently and in the past by organizations such as call centers, city governments, and even NASA, this system is perfect for teams, but may not be as suitable for projects handled by a single employee or managers. But, if a fast paced or frenetic environment is what you’re dealing with, the bullpen office cubicle system might just be the way to go.

What Is a Bullpen System?

Somewhat antithetical to the typical cubical environment, the Bullpen system creates a large, open space that removes the walls separating individuals from one another. Employees are able to see and speak to coworkers easily when they wish to share any ideas or information on a project. Think of a newsroom or police precinct as portrayed in television or film; the desks are in blocks or lined up. That is the bullpen system.

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While some bullpen systems may have dividers (usually never full separation), most set ups avoid walls or dividers entirely. The idea is to remove the problems typically associated with standard cubicles, such as communicating or working through barriers, by freeing up the environment for easier communication between team members. This saves time when working with peers or sharing information, and allows ideas to flow more freely.

How Much Does a Bullpen Open System Cost?

Many things can determine the cost of Bullpen office systems, the biggest determinant are the dimensions and configuration. Other factors, such as make and model, quality, and any added features or accessories will also be involved. Remember that different dealers may offer different rates.

The following brands and styles offer an idea on the prices you can expect to pay for a bullpen cubicle system.

Optima categorizes their models by bench style:

  • The I-bench style, 6-station unit averages around $1,100, or $183 per station
  • The V-bench style averages around $650 per station
  • The X-bench and Y-bench styles both average between $750 and $800 per station
  • The L-bench style averages around $950 per station
  • The U-bench style averages between $2,200 and $2,300 per station

Calibrate offers two main models with varying numbers of stations per unit.

  • The Matrix Spine Type D is a 6-station unit starting around $6,900 or $1,150 per station
  • The Matrix Spine Type E has six stations and starts at around $10,100, or just under $700 per station
  • The Matrix Spine Type F is a 6-station system starting at around $11,250 or $1,875 per station
  • The Freestanding Type A has four stations for around $2,400 or around $600 per station
  • The Freestanding Type E is a 2-station system for around $2,500 or $1,250 per station
  • The Freestanding Type F is a 4-station system starting at around $7,000 or around $1,750 per station

Global Benches II offers systems ranging from one to eight stations that incorporate benching, desking, and table units. Prices range from around $1,300 per station to $2,500, depending on features.

The models and pricing for Mayline e5 include:

  • Mayline e5 #12 is a 4-station system that includes storage cabinets and open cubbies starting at around $1,200 per station
  • Mayline e5 #16 is a 6-station system with open cubbies, frosted acrylic privacy screens, and sliding door cabinets for around $1,300 per station
  • Mayline e5 #17 is a 2-station system with modesty panels and sliding door cabinets for around $1,550 per station
  • Mayline e5 #19 is a 4-station system that includes mobile box file pedestals and overhead cabinets with frosted doors for around $1,900 per station
  • Mayline e5 #20 is a 4-station system with box file cabinets for around $1,500 per station
  • Mayline e5 #24 is a 6-station system with mobile box file cabinets and frosted acrylic privacy screens for around $1,275 per station
  • Mayline e5 #27 is an 8-station system with mobile box file pedestals and open overhead cabinets for around $1,550 per station
  • Mayline e5 #28 is an 8-station system that includes mobile box file cabinets for around $1,250 per station

Pricing and models for Mayline Transaction include:

  • Mayline Transaction #1 is a 6-station system with wire management trough and frosted acrylic privacy screens for around $1,250 per station
  • Mayline Transaction #2 is a 4-station system with box file pedestals and flex-arm monitor mounts for around $1,875 per station
  • Mayline Transaction #3 is a 4-station system that includes fabric privacy screens, mobile box file pedestals, and flex-arm monitor mounts for around $2,100 per station
  • Mayline Transaction #4 is a 3-station system with wire management trough and frosted acrylic dividers for around $1,390 per station
  • Mayline Transaction #5 is a 2-station system with box file pedestals and flex-arm monitor mounts for around $2,450 per station
  • Mayline Transaction #6 is a 2-station system with flex arm mounts and roomy, 60" x 72" workspaces for around $2,900 per station
  • Mayline Transaction #7 is a 3-station system 51" tall pedestal file cabinets, flex-arm monitor mounts, and frosted acrylic divider screens for around $3,800 per station

Make sure you know what you really want or need in your office space before approaching a dealer. Consider the size and style you are looking for, as well as the dimensions of your space, what you are willing to spend, the privacy your employees will need, and the necessary storage space. Keep in mind you do not need to go with one particular size of cubicle. You can decide to go with various sizes and set ups for varying departments as teams. A good dealer will be able to let you know what is and isn’t compatible and steer you in the right direction for your workspace.

Author: Angela Escobar

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