Mezzanines: Things to Consider

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Height: Height is determined by importance of under-clearance and code restrictions. Is the distance from ground floor to the mezzanine deck surface or the mezzanine under-clearance more important? Headroom above the mezzanine deck should also be considered. Codes typically dictate minimums.

Loads: What types of load will be on the deck? Relative or concentrated?

Column Spacing: Will mezzanine columns be potential hazards for traffic and material flow. If this doesn’t matter Material Flow may be able to offer advice in configuring the most efficient column spacing.

Deck Surface: Many types of deck surfaces are available. Decking is an important aspect of mezzanines and should be carefully chosen considering the capacity required. Another factor to choosing decking is who will be using it, some workers may not feel comfortable working at heights on see-through mesh decking.

Interfaces: If the mezzanine is going to interface with conveyor, rack, shelving, offices and so on please let Material Flow know so we can help configure a mezzanine to work with this equipment.

Stairs and Railing: Stair and railing locations are established with the first concern  being user safety. Code requirements and efficiency of material and traffic flow are other important considerations.

Expansions: If the possibility of future vertical or horizontal expansion of the mezzanine is foreseen, it is important to inform Material Flow.