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PROJECT

flooring

Under-floor air distribution improves air
quality by using natural convection to carry contaminated warm air to a ceiling return plenum while fresh air is introduced
from the floor.

provides higher office density. But, it leaves few options for traditional

the amount of fan energy required to heat and cool the building can

service distribution.

be greatly reduced. Since the system conditions only occupied space,

In fact, when this move away from walled offices and traditional
cubical spaces gets combined with the design principles surrounding

higher cooling set points can be used to produce the same comfort
levels.

the open-ceiling aspects of the industrial aesthetic, one major archi-

The ability to reconfigure a workspace quickly and easily, as needs

tectural issue emerges-if the design needs to be sleek, minimal, and

change, can't be underestimated. A 2016 survey by CompData Sur-

flexible, where can all the wires, cables, and HVAC apparatus neces-

veys & Consulting, Olathe, KS (compdatasurveys.com), states that

sary for the modern office be hidden?

total annual employee turnover is 17.8%, with some industries as high

One of the most economical and efficient solutions for the mod-

as 28.6%. In part because of this, more than 40% of all spaces under-

ern office environment is to use an access floor and under-floor ser-

go some form of annual redesign, which means that design flexibility

vice-distribution (UFSD) system. Modular access floors create an un-

can save time and money. Using the modular design of an access floor

der-floor void that provides the perfect space through which to run

and under-floor service-distribution system makes it easy to convert a

wire and cable. Using UFSD makes a space more flexible and recon-

workspace to meet ever-changing needs.

figurable. It also makes it possible to quickly and easily swap out or
move under-floor modular plug-and-play power and cable boxes.

In addition to all of the benefits that come from using an under-floor service-distribution system, the access floor itself can also

When under-floor air distribution (UFAD) is added to the equa-

offer an advantage by potentially increasing the slab-to-slab height for

tion, the benefits become even clearer. UFAD improves air quality by

each individual floor. This allows increased daylighting opportunities

using natural convection to carry contaminated warm air to a ceiling

and higher employee productivity.

return plenum. This minimizes air mixing and supplies continuous

All of this can be achieved without sacrificing aesthetics. Innova-

fresh air directly to employees. All of this results in enhanced employ-

tive engineering and manufacturing processes now mean that archi-

ee comfort and control, and reduced energy consumption due to the

tects and designers can truly capture the signature style their clients

personal adjustability that comes with the use of air diffusers at each

want, while maintaining the freedom to take full advantage of the

workstation. With fewer, or even no, ductwork required with UFAD,

accessibility and flexibility offered by access flooring. CA

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Commercial Architecture March 2018

The Architects
Old Buildings, Creative Solutions
Maximum Space, Tight Fit
The Art of Moisture Protection
Kansas State Calls Waterproofing Audible
Art Museum Expansion Is A Wrap
Exteriors Products
Glass Railings Complement Collegiate Gothic Structure
Arches Dominate New House of Worship
Access Floors Provide Flexbility
Interiors Products
Curtainwall, Storefront Systems Protect and Enhance
Impact Windows Featured In Apartment Renovation
Windows & Doors Products
PTACs May Hold Key To Hotel Energy Efficiency And IAQ
Visibility And Security Bank On Lighting
Lighting & Electrical Products
Building Technology Products
Showcase
Index
Portfolio
Commercial Architecture March 2018 - Cover1
Commercial Architecture March 2018 - Cover2
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Commercial Architecture March 2018 - The Architects
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Commercial Architecture March 2018 - The Art of Moisture Protection
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Commercial Architecture March 2018 - Kansas State Calls Waterproofing Audible
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Commercial Architecture March 2018 - Art Museum Expansion Is A Wrap
Commercial Architecture March 2018 - Exteriors Products
Commercial Architecture March 2018 - Glass Railings Complement Collegiate Gothic Structure
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Commercial Architecture March 2018 - Arches Dominate New House of Worship
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Commercial Architecture March 2018 - Access Floors Provide Flexbility
Commercial Architecture March 2018 - 37
Commercial Architecture March 2018 - 38
Commercial Architecture March 2018 - Interiors Products
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Commercial Architecture March 2018 - Curtainwall, Storefront Systems Protect and Enhance
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Commercial Architecture March 2018 - Impact Windows Featured In Apartment Renovation
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Commercial Architecture March 2018 - Windows & Doors Products
Commercial Architecture March 2018 - PTACs May Hold Key To Hotel Energy Efficiency And IAQ
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Commercial Architecture March 2018 - 51
Commercial Architecture March 2018 - Visibility And Security Bank On Lighting
Commercial Architecture March 2018 - Lighting & Electrical Products
Commercial Architecture March 2018 - 54
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Commercial Architecture March 2018 - Showcase
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Commercial Architecture March 2018 - Portfolio
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