Raised Access Floors

Why Raised Access Flooring?

The nature of work is constantly changing – a fact that organizations deal with daily. As needs change, space must evolve as well. Raised access flooring can help connect the workplace with its organizational objectives and culture, transforming it into a responsive and adaptable environment.

Raised Access Flooring at MEC
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Global IFS unites the Haworth Flooring division with two leading flooring manufacturers to deliver the industry’s broadest offering of raised access flooring, modular power distribution, and underfloor air distribution to the North American market. As a Global IFS partner, Haworth remains committed to delivering innovative, adaptive environments through its Organic Workspace® strategy, of which Global IFS raised access flooring will remain a foundational component.

Commercial Spaces


Higher Education


Data Centers


The Benefits of Raised Access Flooring


Raised access flooring provides the flexibility you need to transform your space, minimize costs, and get back to business. And, it allows for more programmability. Access to air, power, voice, and data under the floor lets you reconfigure your layout with minimal downtime as your workspace needs change. With utilities under the floor, you can reduce electrical installation labor hours by 30-40%, resulting in shorter construction schedules and reduced costs.

Design Freedom

Raised access floors let you create an open space without the need for power poles. Changing the design of existing spaces is not limited by the location of power and data. Floor height can be varied to accommodate various finishes or functions within a space. We also offer a wide range of finish options and endless opportunities for customization through raised access flooring covered panels and bare panels.

A Healthy Work Environment

Worker comfort is one of the top workplace issues challenging organizations. With raised access flooring, clean and newly conditioned air is introduced through the floor directly into the occupied zone. The air with the impurities naturally rises to be removed from the space. Air diffusers can be adjusted by occupants to give them greater temperature control, allowing them to focus on their work.

Energy Savings

Raised access floors help you reduce energy costs by pushing air up from the floor rather than down from the ceiling. Fans use 10-20% less operational energy. Fan power requirements are reduced because less ductwork leads to lower static pressures. HVAC systems are more efficient because the air is targeted where needed—in the space people work. Installing modular flooring may also let you reap the tax benefits put into place by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which allows tax deductions for commercial construction that meets energy efficient criteria.

Minimizing Schedule

With underfloor electrical access, you can shorten your construction schedule by allowing trade workers to work simultaneously. Power and data access under the floor makes a space flexible for the long term, so you can always reconfigure your layout with minimal downtime.


Underfloor air is one of the single most effective strategies, reaping savings in initial building costs and continuing operational costs, and for gaining LEED points. Raised access flooring has been installed in some of the largest and highest scoring LEED-certified buildings in the country.


Raised access flooring is ideal for challenging renovation projects because it’s easy to level uneven floors and create a truly flexible workplace. Moves, adds, and changes are simple, allowing customization and speed toward occupancy, which are especially important for leased buildings with new tenants.