Over the years First Office Storage Concepts has consistently offered innovative storage solutions, quality products and outstanding customer service to all its clients, locally, nationally and across our borders. We have managed to achieve this due to the love of what we do and hence, we do it best. We strive for excellence and perfection in all the projects we undertake. With this in mind, we again set our standards high when we undertook a massive 6 680 square meters of structural mezzanine floor in Aeroton, Gauteng. This was another project that required precision and perfection as there was no room for error.
The structural mezzanine floor stretches a massive 90 meters long x 75 meters wide, totaling 6 680 square meters with a loading capacity of 250kgs per square meter. A job of this magnitude requires careful attention to detail from our drawing department through to our production department including strategic planning from our installation teams making sure that components are placed carefully on a sensitive slab. Meticulous attention was assigned to the detail in the design of the columns allowing for a 2nd tier in the future. The fabrication of the columns included pre drilled 20mm base plate and a pre-drilled 20mm capping plate. The capping plate would provide for an easy extension to the column when installing the second tier. This could also be achieved without major interruption to the work place. With various obstacles to overcome such as cages, walkways, receiving and dispatch areas, the placing 168 columns, measuring 4.2 metres high and weighing 360kgs each was not an easy task. Using lifting equipment purposely built in our factory to install these heavy columns and beams made the installation process a lot faster and simpler. 154 Main beams, weighing 350kgs each were bolted between each column. 15 Special fixing kleats were welded to the top of each main beam to hold the 1932 lip channels sections in place. The lip channels were pre punched at each end with a 25mm slot to allow for tolerance. The estimated tolerance achieved on site was within 3mm over 6 680 square metres.
To consistently deliver work of such quality First Office Storage Concepts understands the importance of using the right tool for the right job. All components, from columns to secondary beams had to be laid accurately and precisely as zero tolerance was what we were aiming for. Laying out positions, checking reference levels and transferring vertical points had to be done accurately and diligently. While it is time consuming, if these fine points are disregarded the project would be a failure. To increase the lateral stability and transfer loads to ground, vertical and horizontal bracing was installed in both directions along the full length and breadth of the floor. Construction of 3 staircases including a 90 degree landing were located in strategic positions around conveyors and chutes. The 4th staircase was a 2 tier component to allow for a fire route off the concrete slab of the offices.
The finished floor media was 21mm plyboard panel each measuring 2440mm x 1220mm and fixed to the lip channel by means of a self tapping 12mm hex head screw. Placed onto the plyboard floor were 4 conveyers and 4 chutes for the ease of move of products. All open areas were protected with hand and knee. First Office Storage Concepts is proud with the results of this project and we can confidently say this is one of our many top references.