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Confidential Trading Floor

Designing for a high ceiling in a trading floor space

Our team loves designing trading floor spaces. Lots of computers and equipment means lots of requirements for the engineering design. What made us enjoy this project even more was that there were two interesting challenges. 

The first was that our client wanted 15’-0” high ceilings in the space (most air distribution systems are for 10’0” to 12’0” ceiling heights). Higher ceilings impact temperature distribution.

The second challenge was that there was a confined thermal load in the 3,000 sq. ft. trading floor area because of the high density of computing equipment.

For the design of project, we used a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis and model to really understand how our design would work. CFD calculates and predicts fluid flow and heat and mass transfer in a wide range of conditions.

We modeled a variety of air distribution options in order to decide how to best design the HVAC system serving the space. We determined that the best solution was to design a cooling system that would combine both overhead air distribution with a localized “in-desk” cooling. This system would be the most effective in offsetting the thermal load from the computing equipment.

In the end, our client was able to have the high ceiling they desired. And we were able to get them the MEP systems that they needed to be comfortable.

Project Type
New York, NY
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Project Services

Electrical (Interiors)

Prepared electrical lighting drawings for fixture circuiting, specification and switching. Prepared power drawings with circuiting, panels, transformers, exit signs and emergency lighting.

Fire Alarm (Interiors)

Prepared drawings showing selections and locations for ADA compliant audible and visual fire alarm devices.

Fire Protection (Interiors)

Prepared drawings showing distribution piping and locations of sprinkler heads, preaction and/or FM 200 systems.

Mechanical (Interiors)

Designed HVAC systems including transfer fans, environmental requirements, controls and management systems.

Plumbing (Interiors)

Designed plumbing fixture locations and rough-in requirements.