Saturday, August 29, 2009

To Demount or Not to Demount

When thinking about constructing an office or renovating an existing facility, many facility managers, architects, and designers consider demountable walls.

For those of you that aren't in the biz, demountable walls are essentially pieces of furniture that go from floor-to-ceiling to create a separation of space. They can be easily disassembled, moved, and reassembled.

When thinking about construction, cost is always an issue. The first costs of installing permanent drywall partitions are pretty much always lower than those of demountable partitions BUT, given the lifecycle cost of having to demolish and rebuild walls versus the deconstruction of demountable walls AND the focus on sustainability, demountable walls can be a good option for some situations.

Some of the demountable wall plusses include:

  • Flexibility
  • Modularity
  • Technology - flexibility for wirign and cabling
  • Reuseability
  • Appearance - they can be snazzy
  • Integration with furniture systems is possible
  • Potential for lower lifecycle cost
Minuses:
  • Higher upfront cost
  • Acoustical privacy can be an issue
  • Appearance - they can be ugly, too!

As always, consult with designers and manufacturers before making a decision!!

2 comments:

Shireen@air-n-water.com said...

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