Lockers

When laying out a locker room, you should consider who will be using the room, the frequency with which it will be used to capacity, and the type oflockers used.

There are three main locker materials used today; wood, metal and plastic. They come in a variety of sizes and configurations. Locker accessories such asfiller panels, end panels, and slope tops are used to give the room a finished look. Locker benches add to the functionality of the space.

Lockers are designed to accept a variety of locks. User supplied padlocks are common in schools, stores and shops. Master keyed padlocks are used in manyschools. They ensure that, if needed, the staff can access a locker and they provide uniformity. Larger facilities sometimes use master keyed built‐ in key orcombination locks. The combinations can be reset as users change. A control log of key or combination assignments is needed. RFID locks are currentlygaining in popularity. They are used in offices or spas where a specific locker does not need to be assigned. The RFID lock can be a card, keypad orcard/keypad combination. This allows users to simply find an empty locker, use it, and easily access it upon their return. When they leave, the lock is thenready for the next user. A control card or code allows management to access lockers at the end of the day or shift change. Offices with personnel who comeand go at various times benefit in that when someone leaves, the locker is available for the next person coming in.

Locker units and benches can be ordered to meet ADA requirements. Architects and designers can calculate the quantity needed and the placementof these lockers and benches.

Space considerations;

1) Lockers and walls “grow” as they are assembled. Typically 1/8” – ¼” per locker. This additional space should be considered. Filler panels can beused to complete a row where the lockers run wall to wall. Field measurements are important, but should be rechecked when the area iscompleted. Keep in mind that unless you are using a quick‐ship locker, you have to consider the lead time.

2) Locker base – There are four types of locker bases.

a. Most metal lockers have 6” legs which are part of the locker frame. You can order front and side covers for them.

b. Metal “ZEE” base is used to recess the locker base and have a continuous base. The

lockers have no legs and are attached to the base with screws. This gives the lockers a built‐ in look.

c. Wood and plastic bases are used similar to “ZEE” bases. Unfinished wood bases can be painted, tiled or have an epoxy coating applied. Plastic bases are typically used with plastic lockers. Plastic bases are preferred in damp areas.

d. Contractor installed bases are built as a raised base when the floor is built. Locker rooms and other damp / wet rooms have the base built in so that it can be sealed with the

floor. The lockers are placed on the base and secured to the back wall.

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