Office Raised Access Flooring

Future Proof Multi-Tenant Office Design

Creating the Ultimate Multi-Tenant Building

The perfect office environment should address a variety of needs, including the maintenance of high-quality clean air, improving personal comfort control, attenuating noise, responding to organizational, tenant and technological changes quickly and easily, and supporting the overall aesthetic value of the building — all while being cost-effective in both construction and operation. The underfloor service distribution system created by the utilization of an access floor solution gives you the ability to address all of the factors required to create the perfect indoor environment that will reflect the goals and image of your tenants

Underfloor service distribution offers a wide range of benefits for the developer and tenant:

  • Enhanced indoor air quality through one-direction air streams and improved ventilation effectiveness
  • Maximize fit-out options by eliminating the need for drop ceilings, providing increased access to daylighting and views
  • Advanced occupant comfort control with underfloor air distribution
  • HVAC energy efficiency through expanded economizer operation and smaller mechanical equipment
  • Easily adapt office and building layout to accommodate unforeseen technological or social changes at low cost
  • Point-of-use services wherever you need them with complete flexibility, accessibility and unlimited capacity
  • Accelerated tax depreciation opportunities
  • Reduce first cost, TI and construction time by eliminating ductwork, drop ceilings and floor terminated point of service power and data cabling
  • Reduced operating costs and lower tenant churn time through accessible, flexible and adaptable services

Breathe Easy with UFAD

Underfloor Air Distribution

Underfloor Air Distribution (UFAD) systems distribute cool, clean air through the plenum below the raised floor instead of through overhead ductwork. Air is supplied at a low velocity from the floor and uses convection to naturally lift air from the supply at the floor level to the occupied zone and then finally to a return at the ceiling as the air warms. The resulting single direction airflow stream pulls contaminated air away from occupants, creating better indoor air quality.

Ventilation effectiveness is also improved by supplying clean air directly to the occupied zone through floor diffusers. Diffusers can be strategically placed throughout the floor to best serve occupants at their individual desk areas. Each diffuser can be equipped with personal comfort controls so that occupants can adjust the amount and direction of airflow in their space. Typical design allows for one diffuser per occupant, creating a sort of individually controlled micro-environment for every occupant.

The efficiency and productivity of people can be greatly increased by a greater percentage of fresh air and more natural light. - Jeffrey Hines, Buildings Magazine

Resilient, Flexible, Future Proof Design

Raised Access Floor

With more than 40% of all spaces undergoing some level of layout adjustment each year, the demand for a system that can accommodate change easily and cost effectively has never been higher. The modular design of an access floor system allows you to easily relocate service terminals and air diffusers within minutes.

An access floor system can help ensure that your business is prepared for the future, allowing you to completely reconfigure your workspace as your business grows and changes. Whether your building's employee work space is evolving, you have experienced a technology paradigm shift or are forced to deal with other socioeconomic changes such as a global pandemic, an access floor system allows you to do so quickly and more affordably than traditional slab and overhead construction.

This flexibility can help both building owner and tenant. Providing greater flexibility to redesign and reconfigure common areas to adjust to the latest tenant demands or other regulations and requirements. In leased spaces, access floor systems make it simple to replace, move and refresh one finish with another or add/remove a wall partition — allowing your building's interior spaces and overall aesthetics to adapt to specific business needs both today and in the future.

Underfloor ventilation creates safer and better air quality with the added benefit of being more sustainable.
-  Ambrose Aliaga Kelly, Gensler,

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Increasing Usable Space

Raised Floor Zone Building
No matter where your next project is located, you will likely be granted a zoning height restriction. In some jurisdictions, these height restrictions can be very limiting. Utilizing an access floor system allows for a unique manner of turning that challenge into an opportunity.

On average, a commercial construction project will gain 6-12" in usable vertical space per floor when designed with an access floor system versus a traditional slab. This gain adds up quickly and can often result in several additional floors of usable space by the end of construction. This same attribute is often used in major renovations where slab-to-slab heights under even 11' may exist. With modern advancements in UFAD supply systems, raised floors can be as low as 8" allowing for all the advantages above to be realized.

Aesthetics and Design Benefits

Multi-Tenant Office Building

Office design can range drastically from tenant to tenant. A tech firm may not have the same design goals as a law firm. The building must be able to easily accommodate the proper balance of daylighting, acoustics and privacy to attract a full range of potential tenants. By distributing power, data and air services under a raised floor, traditional ceiling coverings can be eliminated, and ceiling heights can be expanded, allowing for more daylighting. With services terminated in the floor, walls no longer need to be connected, therefore they can be made of full-length glass or designed to be easily reconfigured to accommodate special events or to add privacy as needed.

Regardless of the aesthetic, Tate access floors with high-end finishes offer a wide range of colors and textures to create any desired look. Whether it's our STONEWORKS® line of integrated concrete finishes, or one of our laminated finish options, all of Tate's design-assisted finishes are manufactured and assembled in our facility and then shipped to your work site, ready for installation.

Reducing the elapsed time and simplifying the process of reconfiguring office space will be critical as corporations reengineer, reorganize, and restructure while seeking to get products to market faster...While voice, data, and electrical distribution systems often are distributed above the ceiling, installing these systems under raised flooring will simplify and speed space-planning changes. - Jeff Waters, Facilities Design & Management Magazine
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