CoreStates Bank, NA
Mail and areproduction Services Groups
Combined Facility
630 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

Computer Model of Reproduction Services area
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The Mail Room and Reproduction Services Center involved the consolidation and relocation of two CoreStates service groups into one, 10,000 SF combined facility. Mail services occupied approximately 3,000 SF and reproduction services the balance. An area of approximately 500 SF common to both was provided for pallett truck and mail cart storage.

All existing mail and reproduction services equipment slated for relocation was photographed and measured. Manufacturer's product data sheets were consulted for required operating and maintenance clearances on both existing and new equipment, and for electrical, ventilation, and hazardous material handling requirements. Preliminary plans included layouts showing equipment, required clearances, and power connection points. Plan drawings were accompanied by schedules showing equipment sizes, weights, electrical power requirements, plumbing requirements (where applicable), utility connection heights above floor, and other equipment coordination information. Called "FFE (Furniture, Fixtures, and Equipment) Drawings and Schedules," these documents are standard components of Manos's services on all projects incorporating furniture and equipment.

The Mail Room included sorting bins, sorting tables, pass-through windows, computerized tracking systems, employee uniform changing areas, lockers, administrative offices, and numerous pieces of mail-weighing and sorting equipment. Maintenance and durability-of-finish issues were very high priorities. All doorways and critical security areas were monitored by closed-circuit TV and monitored alarm systems.

Aesthetically, the challenge presented by this project was that it was located in the basement of a building with few windows. The approach to this was to create a bright, cheerful space by using a combination of light colors recalling earth and sky, and variations in lighting achieved by varying some lighting levels according to functional need, and others with accent lighting.

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