In modern building construction, a large role is given to the ecological aspects of a building. These are usually taken into account as early as the design stage and apply to residential, corporate, and commercial buildings, such as storage halls. There are two main challenges in warehouse design: environmentally conscious construction and safety. In addition, warehouse hall designs should be created in two ways: for the sake of the building’s external skeleton and internal equipment.
The outside of the warehouse hall
When it comes to designing the hall’s external structure, i.e., load-bearing walls, partition walls, choosing the materials – hollow block, brick, reinforced sheet metal, wood – the task seems to be trivial. And such it is because apart from calculating the height, width and length, load parameters, and making a roof design, designers haven’t much work here. It takes them much more time to develop plans for the external unloading yards, internal and access roads, parking lots, and the office area if the hall should also include space for administrative staff.
The inside of the storage hall
Designing the hall interior is a real challenge. In addition to the standard equipment of shelving and racks, the architect should also pay attention to small but extremely important elements, such as:
– delineation of escape routes and fire protection system,
– laying out products and providing them with appropriate storage conditions,
– windows and roof lights that can replace artificial lighting.
In the storage hall, where food products are stored, there should be adequate space for dry and packed products, items that require cooling or freezing, special-purpose chemical products, etc. Each of these goods should be adequately separated from other products and have proper storage conditions so that they don’t degrade quickly.
Space for employees and office workers
A warehouse hall may also have the previously mentioned separate office space. It usually contains management offices, archives with documents, and a possible sales point for customer service, invoicing, and billing. This kind of office space can also serve as a social space for employees with a kitchen, bathroom, checkroom, rest, and integration room. It is worth thinking about a solution, especially in the case of large warehouse halls, where many people are employed, who should be provided with appropriate social conditions for their work, according to the law.
If you want to put the design of a storage hall in the hands of specialists who will take care of the technical and legal aspects, get in touch with Kobex designers. Professional architects will prepare a design that will meet your expectations and comply with statutory guidelines.