Mezzanines are one of the most flexible additions any plant or warehouse can add to a facility to increase space.
By looking up and taking advantage of higher ceilings, facilities can gain the space needed for better throughput. Mezzanines do not require modificationsto the building. The current HVAC setup usually work wells with the mezzanine, and most added electrical work will be lighting.
Mezzanines can be free-standing or self-supported. Free-standing mezzanines are supported by posts anchored into the slab floor. Once the frame is in place, a mezzanine’s floor can be made from various solid decking types oropenbar grating.
Once the mezzanine’s floorplan is laid out, you should include appropriate safety and functional accessories in the design.
There are different types of stairways available, each one to meet a specific need and OSHA or building code.
Vertical Ladders With or without a safety cage.
Alternating Tread Stairways Step design provide a shorter span than customary stepsby removing the unused half of each tread, letting the foot reach the next tread in a straight line, providing more usable tread depth.Meets OSHA specification 29 CFR 1910.25(e).
Always please contact your local building inspector to ensure that the stairway or ladder you are considering is an adequate means of egress for your project
Depending on the height of the mezzanine, you may need a landing at the top or partway up the stairway.By code mezzanines with a deck height of 12’0″ or higher require a mid-landing in the stairway.
You can obtain differently shaped landings, such as L-shaped or U-shaped. We design mezzanines and stairs that work around existing support beams, equipment, and walls.
Handrails must be42”Hsurrounding the mezzanine with a 4”h kickplate- rails are made from steel tube, one at the top, and one around 21” high. To meet IBC code, we provide wire mesh panels instead of the middle handrail tube.
If you anticipate transporting productto and from the mezzanine, you need gates in the railing at various points to permit access.
Gates come in a variety of styles. Sliding gates move to one side of the opening, while swing gates open like doors. Depending on the size of the gate, swing gates are double, or single.
Safety pivot gates are especially useful when lifting pallets or removing them from the platform. A pivot gate has two gates: one at the edge of the mezzanine, and one on the interior. Lifting one lowers the other, ensuring a gate will always be between staff and the edge.
Mezzanines can also be part of the facilities conveyor system.
Incline belt conveyors move product up and down from the mezzanine level.
A spiral gravity chute is another method of moving product one-way to the floor of the warehouse or plant.
A vertical reciprocating conveyor will allow pallet loads, carts and large items to be lifted and lowered.
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