Access flooring has become a standard component of commercial construction projects since it was first introduced in the 1980s. However, the locations where it is being used and the methods by which it is being used are constantly shifting in response to changes in market requirements and available product capacity. This is true for both the places where it is being used and the ways in which it is being used. The following are three new occurrences that have come to our attention as a result of the work that we have been doing at Corporate Floors to install raised flooring.
1. Your mother’s data center was probably more traditional than this one. The internal management and storage of data used to be the responsibility of companies with large amounts of data, such as Google and Microsoft. However, this is not the case any longer. Companies are coming to the realization that it is more effective to rely on co-location data farms, whose area of expertise is in the management of extensive amounts of data. This is because co-location data farms have the capacity to store and process vast amounts of data. That frees up businesses to concentrate on running their operations rather than devoting valuable resources like space, utilities, and personnel to the management of their data. This frees up businesses to concentrate on running their operations. Tenants’ data can be stored in large collective data centers thanks to businesses like Cyrus One, which provide leased space to tenants for the purpose of storing their data. These data centers provide highly effective cooling systems, fail-safe security systems, and redundant power capacity in case of power surges or outages. Additionally, these data centers have fail-safe security systems. Raised Floor is the obvious choice for data centers because of the significant power requirements that are generated by all of this hardware. Because of this, they are able to effectively cool the servers by running massive amounts of air conditioning from below the floor all the way up through the lines. This is done in order to ensure that the servers remain at a consistent temperature. Since customers do not typically visit data centers, aesthetics are not as much of a concern here as they are in businesses that directly interact with customers, where presenting a pleasing appearance to the customer is essential. At this time, the method of choice for running data overhead in this location is to use a cable tray that hangs from the ceiling grid. After that, the information is transferred straight into the server cabinets. This frees up the space under the floor, which can then be used for electrical and mechanical piping and conduits, with only a slight reduction in access being a consequence of this change.
2. Investing Your Money in the Access Flooring BrandWhen you’re sitting down at a slot machine to try your luck, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll give much thought to the amount of electricity that’s required to keep the machine functioning. However, in order for those slot banks to light up, operate, and transmit performance information back to the casino, a significant amount of electrical power is required. You are most likely not aware of the fact that the power is being supplied directly beneath your feet, a few inches beneath the floor; however, this is the most likely scenario. Casinos are also investing in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems that are buried beneath the floor in order to better control the temperature of their buildings and supply their customers with healthier air. The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems that are hidden beneath raised access flooring provide the customers with cooling that comes from directly under their feet. These systems introduce clean air directly into the area that is being occupied, and then push that air upward through the ceiling. The end result is that the person using the slot machine is provided with continuously fresh air, the energy load is reduced, there is no unsightly wiring, and the mechanical requirements are reduced. In addition, the slot machine has fewer requirements.
3. Decide which type of finish you want to use. Carpet tiles were the only other option for floor coverings that could be purchased from access flooring for a considerable amount of time. Despite the fact that carpet tiles are still frequently specified for use in office settings, contemporary raised floors can be finished with virtually any material that the architect or designer favors. High-end materials like terrazzo, porcelain, or wood are typically chosen for use in the lobby areas and conference rooms of casinos and corporate offices with which we regularly collaborate. Access floors in mission-critical environments like a 911 call center typically have electrostatic dissipative solutions applied to them in order to finish the floors in a manner that complies with the stringent ESD regulations that are present in those environments. These high-end and specialty finishes are now available in panels that measure 2 feet by 2 feet, the same size as the conventional carpet tiles, which are also 2 feet by 2 feet in size. This indicates that the floor covering, regardless of the option chosen, can be installed directly onto the 2 foot by 2 foot floor panel in advance of the delivery. This is true even if the delivery has not yet taken place. When a modern building is constructed, the floor covering of choice will typically already be affixed to the access floor before the installation process begins.
4. No Longer Exclusively Reserved for the Constructing of Brand-New BuildingsOne of the trends that commercial property owners are finding to be one of the most exciting trends is the development of low-profile, fixed height access flooring. This is one of the trends that is becoming increasingly popular. Access flooring is now a viable option in older buildings, which previously did not have the capacity for this type of flooring because higher flooring was not an available option. In the past, installing access floors in existing buildings that were not designed for raised floors was frequently not a viable option. This was typically the case because low ceiling heights and the requirement for step-ups to accommodate an additional foot or so of underfloor wiring prevented the installation of access floors. Even older buildings can have power management, voice, and data cabling installed underfoot with only a 1.5-inch raised floor thanks to the advancements in technology that have occurred in recent years. Even in spaces with lower ceilings, adequate headroom can be maintained by lowering the floor by just a fraction of an inch, which means that the individual using the space won’t even notice the difference.