Tenant changes made easy with raised access floors

9 March 2021 Tate
Raised access floors with Underfloor Service Distribution

The lifecycle of an office building is forever evolving. Tenants come and go, typically resulting in a complete gut, redesign and rebuild of the existing space for the new occupants. The change from one tenant to another can take significant time and expense, but buildings designed with raised access floors and Underfloor Service Distribution as part of the base building can manage this change in less time and with more profit as compared to an overhead conventional design.  

Traditionally, when preparing for a tenant change, the existing space is demolished and discarded in preparation for the new occupant. When buildings are designed with raised access floors for distribution of power, data and HVAC, however, the services remain for use by the next tenant. For new tenant requirements, the services can be rearranged and expanded as needed to accommodate the new layout, with minimal restrictions. The savings in time and materials is significant, providing a more valuable transition from one tenant to the next. The ability to shave days­—if not months—off the fit-out schedule will contribute significant value to the bottom line. Raised floors with Underfloor Service Distribution is the best opportunity to achieve flexibility and increase building value.

Another benefit of this system is the wide range of finishes you can incorporate with raised floors. Our full line of factory-applied finishes combine style and functionality into each panel that maintains full accessibility to the underfloor plenum. Field-applied finishes can also bring a unique design aesthetic to your space. But what happens with the floor panels when tenants change? That’s where the magic happens. Using factory-applied finishes allows for easy reconfiguration or replacement. Swapping carpeted areas for hardwood, or rubber tiles for porcelain can be done quickly and cost effectively. Our raised floor system is built to last and can be repurposed from tenant to tenant. Apply a new finish to the existing panels or swap out the panels for a new look. Keep the understructure and money in your pocket.

For nearly 20 years, a tenant in a building at Foundry Square in San Francisco has been taking advantage of the benefits of our raised access floors. Now, a tenant change has led to a complete design overhaul in the building; a design overhaul that is much easier thanks to the owner’s forethought to put raised floors in the building all those years ago. The existing raised floor allowed for the power and low voltage systems to be reconfigured without disturbing tenants below, and the floor plenum used for Underfloor Air Distribution was easily reconfigured to meet the new tenant’s requirements. This saves the tenant and the building owner time and money. In circulation areas, new panels with factory-applied finishes are replacing bare panels previously covered with carpet tile including polished concrete, terrazzo and wood finished panels to meet new design requirements.

Buildings designed with access flooring for distribution of power, low voltage systems and HVAC provide great value to both the building owner and the tenant on day one, including increased flexibility, better indoor air quality, improved comfort and energy savings, all at a competitive first cost. The best value comes on day two, when you get to promote the benefits to the new tenant, increase value by reducing waste and demolition costs and increase building value by reducing tenant fit-out costs and accelerating move in dates, generating additional revenue and savings! For more information on our products and processes, email us at info@tateinc.com or call us at 1-800-231-7788.

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