Why Design A Building Any Other Way?

July 16, 2001

DST Systems Inc., the No. 1 information processor for the mutual fund industry, recognizes some of the greatest demands on its facilities are flexibility, maximization of space, and a building’s capability to accept new technologies.

To develop a future-proof facility, DST chose Tate’s Building Technology Platform® (BTP), the use of access floors to house critical building services such as modular wiring for power, voice, data, and HVAC. Space-saving features of the BTP enabled architects to turn a 40,000-square-foot warehouse into a 60,000-square-foot office space by inserting an additional floor between the first and “second” floor – a feat made possible by eliminating excessive and wasted overhead space traditionally used to house HVAC ductwork in a drop ceiling.

DST Systems realizes that not only are first costs reduced, but life-cycle savings continue long after construction is complete. Once a building is occupied, organizations have easy access to utilities under the floor to re-engineer and reorganize the work environment. This flexibility can lead to a 77-percent decrease in costs associated with moves, adds, and changes. Increased efficiency, when using underfloor air technology, results in a 30-percent energy cost savings. Additionally, superior air quality and personal comfort control promote better employee health, morale, and productivity. Research indicates that employees take 30-percent fewer sick days, and experience a 7-percent increase in productivity and a 30-percent reduction in absenteeism – all attributable to the use of underfloor technologies. Building Technology Platform by Tate Access Floors, Jessup, MD.

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