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Work Area

Primary location where the building occupants interact with dedicated telecommunications equipment.

Design Considerations:

  • At least one telecommunication outlet box location shall be planned for each work area.
  • This location should be coordinated with the furniture plan. A power outlet should be nearby. Height coordinated power outlet.
  • Control center, attendant, and reception areas shall have direct and independent pathways to the serving telecommunications room.
  • Furniture System Design:
    • Cable access via walls, columns, ceilings, or floors. Fittings that transition between building and furniture pathways require special planning.
    • Furniture pathway fill capacity is effectively reduced by furniture corners, and connectors mounted within the furniture pathway systems.
    • Furniture pathways bend radius shall not force the installed cable to a bend radius of less than 25mm (1 in.).
    • Furniture spaces designed to house slack storage, consolidation points, or multi-user telecommunications outlet assemblies shall provide space for strain relieving, terminating, and storing slack for the horizontal cables.
    • Slack storage and furniture pathway fill, shall not affect the bend radius and termination of the cable to the connector.
    • Furniture pathway openings shall comply with either of two sizes:
  • Standard NEMA opening (NEMA OS 1, WD-6)
  • Alternate opening:
Work Area Enlarge this image
L (length) 68.8mm (2.71 in.) 1.02mm (0.040 in.)
H (height) 35.1mm (1.38 in.) 0.90mm (0.035 in.)
T (depth) 1.40mm (0.055 in.) 0.64mm (0.025 in.)
R (corner radius) 4.06mm (0.160 in.) max -
C (distance to 1st obstruction) 30.5mm (1.2 in.) min. -

Power/telecommunication separation requirements are governed by applicable electrical code for safety.

Minimum separation requirements of Article 800-52 of ANSI/NFPA 70 (National Electric Code) shall be applied.