Custom material handling and storage solutions for warehouses and manufacturing facilities
Mezzanines and Work Platforms
Pre-Engineered Floor Decking System
Increase your storage capacity fast without incurring costly renovations or moving to a new facility with mezzanines and work platforms. Whether you are needing a free standing or shelving supported mezzanine, no project is too big or too small. Trammell has the perfect mezzanine solution to fit your application, timing, and budget. All mezzanines and work platforms engineered with your needs in mind. These prefabricated modular mezzanines easily constructed and adapted to fit your needs. Decking is commonly made of bar grating or ResinDek. Other decking options include concrete, diamond grip flooring, and diamo
nd tread plate. Mezzanines are freestanding or use pallet racking or shelving to support them. Gates can be utilized to get material on top of the mezzanine. Catwalks are ideal for safe access to conveyor systems.
The four main types of steel mezzanines and work platforms are:
- Free standing – used in many applications and offers the most flexibility
- Rack Supported – Saves money by utilizing pallet rack structure to hang or lay flooring on top of
- Shelving supported – Saves money by utilizing shelving underneath to lay flooring on top of.
Things to Consider:
- Time and cost saved by quick and easy installation.
- Considered capital equipment which means accelerated depreciation
- Faster installations
- Lower install cost than stick built construction
- Expandability and easy access for maintenance
- Adding square footage without having to relocate your business.
- How will you get the material to the top of the mezzanine? The most common methods are a forklift gate, Vertical Reciprocating Lift (VRC or Freight Lift), Conveyor.
- How much overhead clearance do you have?
- What type of staircase, landings, and gates do I need? What codes do I need to meet? OSHA? IBC?
- Putting Sprinklers and Lights underneath the mezzanine.
- Is it a wet environment
Free Standing Mezzanines
Free Standing Steel Mezzanines are appealing because of the quick installation and the flexibility that come with one of them. Each mezzanine is custom made based upon the users application. There are varying capacities that you can design the mezzanine to hold along with different column spacing depending on what your need are.
Other common industry terms for a mezzanine are:
- Equipment Platform
- Work Platform
- Elevated Structure
Often times during the permitting process, referring to a structure as a mezzanine can complicate things. Building officials are likely to view the structure as part of the building if referred to as a mezzanine rather than a piece of capital equipment. This can cause costly changes in the building plans, such as the need for bathrooms, elevators, handicap accessibility and higher tax rates. Not to mention that you will not enjoy the accelerated depreciation of capital equipment.
Shelving Supported Mezzanines
With this multi-level system, a second level area is supported by the shelves that are below, by using the steel shelving as the structure for the floor on the second level and saving you some money. There are two types of shelving mezzanines a “catwalk” and a “deck over”, and often you will see a hybrid of the two along with a structural steel mezzanine.
A “catwalk” only has flooring in the aisle spaces using the bottom shelf of the shelving unit as the floor on the second level. A “deck over” creates a continuous floor on the second level. Basically a “catwalk” style saves a little bit of money and a “deck over” style is a little more expensive but gives you more flexibility in the future on the second level.
Shelving supported mezzanines are optimal for inventories with smaller parts like parts departments or store rooms. You can easily integrate shelving with drawers and bulk shelving into your shelving supported mezzanine. To be able to build one, you need a bare minimum of 15 feet of clear height.
Rack Supported Mezzanines
Rack Supported Work Platforms or Mezzanines are ideal for users who have lots of bulk storage like car body parts for example. Easily add one level or make it a multilevel. They are an economical solution as they use the existing pallet rack on the first floor, to create the structure to hold the second floor. This way you do not have to provide a separate steel structure to go vertical. Rack supported mezzanines are able to have clear spans up to 40 feet and load capacities that exceed the average due to the use of selective structural components.
Depending on your span and capacity needs, your system will be built using either hot rolled structural steel or high strength cold formed section, in order to provide a platform that is both safe and cost effective.
The goal of a pick module storage rack system is to allow products to move more efficiently and to fulfill every order faster. Every pick module is unique but usually employs the integration of some or all of these warehouse rack components: pallet rack, pallet flow rack, carton flow rack, push back rack, rack supported mezzanines, and conveyors.
Pick modules provide high-density storage and are typically customized to meet a particular warehouse or distribution center’s unique requirements. Our team will design the pick module to best suit your needs, also meeting local building and fire codes.