Building Coordination: Mechanical Venting

December 10, 2010 § Leave a comment

Good Coordination
Do this!  Proper coordination.

The location of mechanical venting is often overlooked in building design.  It requires careful coordination between structural elements such as posts, beams, hold-downs and codes in order to make the building’s façade appear harmonious.  Often times you can integrate mechanical venting into a thoughtful detail – as seen in the cover plates or in the detail our office has produced, both illustrated above.  However, when this is not addressed it can look like an uncoordinated afterthought, as shown below. Though this effort can be “exhausting,” it is well worth it.

Avoid this! The result of poor coordination.


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