Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A Stable, Sustainable Flooring System

The new library features a raised flooring system, with an open air 'plenum' underneath. The floor is supported by a framework of vertical pedestals; the 2' x 2' metal and concrete floor tiles are laid into place and secured by screws.

There are many benefits to having a raised floor, including the creation of a 'crawl space' type area for re-routing electrical wires and cabling. This ensures ease of building expansion - down the road, if we need to install a new electrical outlet or a new computer - the wires can be placed with a minimum of hassle.

Another benefit is the way the plenum works with our Heating/Ventilation/Air Conditioning unit (HVAC). All of the ductwork attached to the HVAC will funnel the air directly to vents located in the floor, thereby heating and cooling people the closest to where they are - near the floor.

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