Better Hospitality Experience for Guests on This Rooftop Deck with Electrical Services Hidden Below the Decking Surface

Photo Courtesy of Brane Krizmanić

Design Better Hospitality Experiences

Some services should be highly visible and top of mind like professional waitstaff bringing the food and beverages guests have ordered while dining. That is exactly the case atop the InterContinental Ljubljana. An outdoor terrace and a bar including a restaurant span the entire 20th floor of the building. The bar and restaurant have a breathtaking 360 degree view overlooking the town and surrounding landscape. Adding to that experience is the atmosphere, food, and drinks presented and enjoyed by locals and tourists alike.

Hiding Unsightly Services Improves Guest Experiences

Other services though, should be out of site and out of mind. Guests enjoying a meal or glass of wine don’t want to be have their views interrupted nor do they want to encounter trip hazards posed by electrical wiring and conduit, irrigation lines, or other utility service lines. Not only is it an affront to the design aesthetic, those service lines could present a public safety issue and subsequent liability. A better guest experience would would hide those utility and service lines altogether.

Pedestal Paver Solutions Empower Better Hospitality Design

With some forethought in design and innovative products at your back, architects, hospitality designers, and construction professionals can hide electrical, plumbing, gas, and irrigation services and utility lines below a raised flooring deck surface. And, they can do this while maintaining a perfectly level surface for furniture and guests.

Services Hidden in Plain Site

Using Buzon pedestals in raised flooring applications enables designers to hide services in plain site beneath the decking surface. There is no need to sacrifice design aesthetic in trade for providing maintenance access. Porcelain pavers can be lifted to provide maintenance personnel with access to electrical and other services when needed. Keeping services hidden below the decking surface increases public safety by minimizing trip hazards and reducing the chances for vandalism or accidental damage.

If I had known about screw-jack pedestals earlier in my career I absolutely would have put them everywhere. I like that you can create comfortable level surfaces for people right over the top of sloped surfaces designed to drain. I also like being able to hide irrigation, plumbing, and electrical services below the surface. This is much more elegant than running conduit everywhere.

Bing SheldonFAIA, retired chairman and founder of SERA Architects

Hotel Continental Ljubljana

Hotel Continental Ljubljana showcases services on two levels. Imagine the dining or entertainment experience and service you would receive from attentive staff on the rooftop deck. Now imagine all of the other services hidden neatly below the porcelain paver decking surface. Great hotels provide guests with memorable experiences filled with great service. Each of those experiences are supported by the hidden services that guests are insulated from and rarely encounter directly. Both types of services make for a great hospitality experiences. Indeed, when it comes to services, there is more than meets the eye.

Project Details:

  • 24×24 inch (60×60 cm)  – 3/4 inch thick (20mm) structural porcelain pavers
  • 4000SF
  • Buzon PB-Series Pedestals
  • Height range: 6-8″
  • Gravel ballast: Reduces height below paver and risk in case a paver is broken

Considering a Rooftop Deck?

Do you want to design better hospitality experiences? Are you specifying, or building a commercial or municipal space that requires roof deck pedestals? We can assist you from concept to completion. Whether you need help specifying Buzon pedestals or selecting from the various decking materials to cover them, HDG Building Materials has you covered. Please contact us.

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