Interstitial space

This arrangement uses an accessible space above the ceiling plane with a floor for access and a low vertical height to accomplish a horizontal distribution of systems. The HVAC and services drop (or rise) vertically from this space into the laboratory envelope and connect to the benches and equipment. Ventilation air is typically distributed from above the laboratory space it serves. An interstitial space or a mechanical loft space has excellent advantages to provide energy-efficient layouts of the services required for laboratory-type facilities. They provide excellent access for maintenance personnel. Vertical shafts at the perimeter or in a central core connect interstitial space services with the entire building. The disadvantage compared to other approaches is the high cost, but use of interstitial space provides good long-term adaptability and a more efficient maintenance program. [Ruys, 1990; Cooper, 1994]

Section Drawing of Interstitial Utility SpacePhoto of Interstitial Utility Space


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