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Architecture Guidelines / ASCE Neutral / Lighting

Lighting
Lighting is a critical aspect of the Audi brand experience. The Audi lighting program has been designed to create a distinct atmosphere within the dealership, both during daytime and evening.

Lighting areas

 

There are seven distinct lighting zones in a standard Audi Neutral Building. On the plan diagram shown here, the appropriate LED fixture types are listed for each lighting area.

 

1 Vehicle Showroom
2 Vestibule
3 Vehicle Delivery
4 Customer Area (includes Lounges and Service Reception)
5 Offices
6 Customer Restrooms
7 Service Workshop

 

Lighting fixtures are referred to by their Item Numbers, which are indexed in the lighting specifications.

 

See Lighting by Area section below for guidelines on selecting Audi-approved lighting for specific customer-facing areas.

 

See full Lighting Specs

For full technical details and requirements for each Audi- approved fixture, see the Lighting Specifications.

 

Alternates: Light fixtures are generally not to be substituted. Alternatives to the Audi-approved lighting fixtures may be proposed, however these will be subject to a formal lighting review. Substitutes are approved on a case-by-case basis and must meet both the aesthetic and technical requirements of the Audi-approved fixtures. Required fixture trim colors and lenses are noted in the Specifications.

 

Lighting Controls: The on/off switching of the lighting systems in the facility is to be coordinated with the programmatic requirements throughout the day. The deliberate switching on and off of the lights, based on the daylight available in the interior at a particular time, allows for optimum illumination of the vehicle presentation area while at the same time achieving considerable energy savings.

Audi’s program does recommend having a control system. Controls can be made yet more energy and cost effective through the use of daylight sensors, occupational sensors, and/or dimming controls.

 

Potential Savings Resulting from Light Controls: In the daytime, switch off lights near the windows. In the evening, switch on all lighting. After hours, switch on only direct vehicle display lighting and 50% of indirect vehicle lighting.

 

Emergency Lighting: Emergency lighting within customer- facing areas shall be provided by the Audi-approved light fixtures with integral battery packs. If integral battery packs are not available for the fixtures, remote inverters should be used. “Bug-eye” style or other similar stand alone emergency lighting fixtures are not acceptable
in customer-facing spaces. The local design team is responsible for coordinating specific emergency lighting requirements.

Lighting by Area

Showroom
Hangar
Vestibule
Sales / Customer Area
Offices
Vehicle Delivery
Service Workshop
Customer Restrooms
Showroom
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Intent
The Showroom area is lit by two systems: indirect light from uplights mounted on the fascia and to the storefront mullions and direct light from recessed adjustable downlights in the ceiling.
The direct lighting provides bright light levels and sparkle on the cars while the indirect light illuminates the ceiling to reveal the architecture and supplements the down- lighting with diffuse light.

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Layout (Direct Lighting)
1 TAB Downlights
The direct light in the Showroom is provided
by recessed adjustable downlights in the ceiling. The pattern of downlights is based on the car layout and placed individually around each vehicle.

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Vehicle Lighting
1 Each vehicle is lit with eight (8) downlights that are to be aimed at the car. The front of each car is lit with two (2) lights, the back is lit with two (2) lights and the sides are each lit with two (2) lights, respectively. For ease of placement it is recommended that each light be located in the middle of a quadrant of a 5’x5’ grid, which is based off the curtain wall spacing.
2 For placement, the dark grey areas in the diagram are optimal areas and the light grey areas are acceptable areas. Lights should never be placed directly above the car. When aiming lights, the angle should not exceed 30 degrees from vertical.

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Feature Vehicles
3 Feature cars, such as Audi Sport vehicles, shall have three (3) additional TAB
lights added to the standard downlight template to provide an additional 30 foot-candles. The local design team is responsible for completing photometric calculations to verify their lighting layouts meet these guidelines.

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Unacceptable TAB locations
4 TAB downlights cannot be located anywhere closer than 2 feet from the storefront and forward most edge of the showroom side of the mezzanine.

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Vehicle Display in Sales Area
Where display vehicles are exhibited beyond the limits of the Showroom, either the TAB- 1 with a wider beam spread, or TAX downlight fixture can be used (assuming the ceiling heights are lower than 14 feet). Light levels at these car locations should also average 80 to 100 foot-candles.

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Direct Light Fixtures
TAB-1 TAB-2 Downlights
TAB-1 (15’-18’ ceiling heights) or TAB-2 (18’-25’ ceiling heights)
Target Light Level : 80 foot- candles at the floor*
LED criteria : 90+ CRI, 3000°K
*The combined target light level with both the uplights and downlights is 100 foot- candles at the floor where cars are located and 150 foot- candles where feature cars are located.

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Layout (Indirect Lighting)
TAY Uplights
The type TAY indirect uplights should be spaced to provide an even gradient of light across the ceiling with an average of 15 fc on the floor plane of the showroom.
The TAY fixture is mounted to the horizontal mullion of the showroom storefront system and the fascia of the ceiling height difference between showroom and sales.

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Spacing
TAY fixtures should be mounted on the horizontal curtain wall mullion on center with the vertical mullions or between vertical mullions. The optimal spacing for TAY fixtures is at 12’-6” on center around the perimeter of the showroom storefront. 10’-0” on center spacing is also acceptable.
NOTE: The local design team must coordinate the TAY uplights early in the design process to ensure the wiring through the storefront system is properly detailed. It is recommended to use the Kawneer 10 1/2” curtain wall system, which has an available channel for concealed wiring through the mullions. Conduit should NOT be exposed.

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Indirect Light Fixtures
TAY Uplight
Target Light Level : 15 foot- candles at the floor*
LED criteria : 90+ CRI, 4000°K
*The combined target light level with both the uplights and the downlights is 100 foot-candles at the floor where cars are located and 150 foot-candles where feature cars are located.

Hangar
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Intent
Vehicle lighting in a Hangar showroom occurs through two different lighting types: direct and indirect. These fixtures are combined into a single pendant mounted system.
The balance of direct and indirect lighting is crucial to the exterior reading of the Audi building, particularly after dark. By combining direct and indirect lighting, the volume of the showroom is brightly illuminated, enhancing the transparency of the showroom and visibility of vehicles on display.
a. direct lighting only (avoid)
b. mixture of indirect and direct lighting

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Layout
A linear track system is pendant- mounted and suspended across the length of the showroom space. The ambient (indirect) showroom lighting is provided by LED lamps that are integrated into the top of the pendant track. Direct lighting is provided on the vehicles by track-mounted adjustable LED accent fixtures.
1. Direct (L-1) & Task Lighting (L-2, L-3)
2. Indirect Lighting (L-4)

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Vehicle Lighting (L-1)
L-1 direct lighting fixtures (i.e. adjustable track heads) directly illuminate the display vehicles. This fixture should be adjusted to ensure the vehicle’s sides and corners are well illuminated.
Each vehicle is to be lit with (8) eight fixtures, and feature cars with (12) twelve fixtures. Position fixtures on both sides and at the front, in the center and at the rear of the vehicle for increased brightness and emphasis.

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Vehicle Lighting (L-1)
Fixtures can be located anywhere along the length of the continuous tracks and should be placed as close to a 30° off vertical angle as possible. A range between 20° and 45° is acceptable depending on the location of the tracks in relationship to the vehicles.
The target light level of direct vehicle lighting is 90 foot candles. The color temperature is 3000°K.

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Indirect Lighting (L-4)
General (ambient) lighting
is provided by LED lamps integrated into the top extrusion of the linear track system. Lamps run continuously within the extrusion allowing space between for fixture ballasts. The lamps uplight the ceiling. They are completely concealed from view, thus eliminating possibility for glare. Run tracks parallel to the front of the showroom.

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Indirect Lighting (L-4)
The L-4 light tracks are centered within structural bays of exposed ceiling, approximately 10’-0” on center. The center of the extrusion is meant to align with the front facade intermediate mullion height typically at 12’-15’ AFF.
The target light level of direct lighting is 20 foot candles at the floor and 45 foot candles
at the ceiling. The color temperature is 4000°K with CRI of +90.

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Direct Vehicle Light Fixtures
L-1 Downlights
Target Light Level : 80 fc at the floor*
LED criteria : 90+ CRI, 3000°K
*The combined target light level with both the uplights and downlights is 100 foot-candles at the floor where cars are located and 150 foot-candles where feature cars are located.

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Direct Light Fixtures
L-2 Flood Light
Target Light Level : 30 - 40 fc at the task plane
LED criteria : 90+ CRI, 3000°K
Use this fixture over desks, tables, and lounges.

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Indirect Light Fixtures
L-3 Wall Washers
Target Light Level : 40 fc
LED criteria : 90+ CRI, 3000°K
Fixture spacing should be approximately 1-1/2 times their distance from the vertical surface (approx. 1:1.5 ratio). Center fixtures along the entire length of the vertical back
wall with roughly a 45° at the corners.

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Indirect Light Fixtures
L-4 Track
Target Light Level : 45 fc (ceiling), 20 fc (floor)*
LED criteria : 90+ CRI, 4000°K
*The combined target light level with both the showroom uplights and downlights is 100 foot-candles at the floor where cars are located and 150 foot- candles where feature cars are located.

Vestibule
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Intent
Within the vestibules, type TAU downlights should be used.

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Layout
The TAU downlights should be centered and equally spaced within the ACM ceiling panels, which are aligned with the glass curtain wall mullions.

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Vestibule Fixture
TAU Downlight
LED criteria : 90+ CRI, 3000°K

Customer Area
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Intent
The Customer Area is made up of the Sales Area, Service Reception (service write up and service drive), customer lounges, and product displays. The Sales Area is adjacent to the Showroom on the ground floor and includes the mezzanine.
The lighting at the Customer Area is provided by a field of lensed troffer lights with the option to use accent lighting at customer lounges, feature walls, and product displays.

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General Area Layout
Option A
There are two general approaches that can be used to organize the Customer Area lighting. The first uses a field of TAF lensed troffer fixtures throughout most of the ceiling plane with the isolated use of the TAU downlight fixtures in zone(s) above the lounge(s).
1 General sales and service reception area lighting uses TAF fixtures in a consistent grid throughout.
2 Pockets of TAU downlights identify lounges and reception.

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General Area Layout
Option B
The second approach uses groups of TAF fixtures to identify the sales and service desk regions. TAU downlights are used along circulation paths and at lounge areas. Using fewer TAF troffer fixtures, however, reduces the vertical light levels on the perimeter walls so it is important to wash as many of the wall surfaces as possible to improve the perceived brightness of space and avoid a “cave” like effect.
1 TAF fixtures over sales and service reception areas.
2 TAU downlights above at lounges and reception.
3 TAU downlights along circulation paths.
4 TAW wall washers at feature walls.

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Where accent lighting is substituted within the troffer field, it is important to ensure that the lighting grids for all of the fixtures are clearly defined and aligned. When accent lighting is implemented, it is important not to reduce the troffer layout to a single column/row of light fixtures that are not a part of a larger group. Note the field of accent downlights over the lounge, with a field of TAF lensed troffers over the sales area.

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Customer Area Fixtures
TAF 1x4 Lensed Troffer
Target Light Level : 35 foot- candles at 30” above floor
LED criteria : 90+ CRI, 3000°K

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Customer Area Fixtures
TAU Downlight
Target Light Level : 45 foot- candles at 30” above floor
LED criteria : 90+ CRI, 3000°K

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Feature Walls
The positioning of the TAW fixtures relative to the graphic or feature wall is critical to achieve a balanced, scallop-free and hot spot-free illumination from the top of the wall to the bottom.
The spacing between wall wash fixtures and the surface to be illuminated should be set in a 1:1 ratio, per the diagram. For example, if there is 36” between wall wash fixtures, then the row of fixtures should be set 36” from the wall. The optimal distance between the wall and wall wash lights is 1/4 to 1/3 the height of the wall.

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Feature Wall Fixtures
TAW Wall Washer
Target Light Level : 25 vertical foot-candles at 5’-6” above floor
LED criteria : 90+ CRI, 3000°K
The TAW fixture has an asymmetric beam distribution and must be installed in the correct orientation to illuminate walls.

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Product Displays
Sales and retail product displays should be lit with the type TAX double head, adjustable accent light. This fixture should be mounted to the end of the 1x4 metal ceiling panel and never in a panel directly adjacent to a type TAF troffer fixture.
When lighting product shelving, the fixtures must be located at a 45 to 55 degree angle from the middle shelf to ensure the shadowing created by the shelves does not block the light to the product on the shelf below.

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Product Display Fixture
TAX Double Head Accent Light
Target Light Level : 40-60 fc at 30” above floor
LED criteria : 90+ CRI, 3000°K

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General — Fixture Spacing
In the metal perforated ceiling, it is important to maintain at least one ceiling tile between all type TAF fixtures, TAX fixtures, and/ or linear diffusers. These elements should not be located in adjacent tiles. This layout will minimize installation issues.

Offices
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Intent
In offices, use either TAU downlights or TAF troffer fixtures. TAW wall washers should be used to light wall graphics.
Customer-facing offices are an extension of the sales environment; therefore, it is ideal that the layout of light fixtures used in offices aligns with the grid of fixtures in the open sales area.

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Office Fixtures
TAF 1x4 Lensed Troffer
Target Light Level : 35 foot- candles at 30” above floor
LED criteria : 90+ CRI, 3000°K

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Office Fixtures
TAU Downlight
Target Light Level : 45 foot- candles at 30” above floor
LED criteria : 90+ CRI, 3000°K

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Feature Walls (Wall Graphics)
TAW wall wash fixtures are used to illuminate wall graphics in offices. The positioning of the TAW fixtures relative to the graphic or wall is critical to achieve a balanced, scallop-free and hot spot-free illumination from the top of the wall to the bottom.
The spacing between wall wash fixtures and the surface to be illuminated should be set in a 1:1 ratio, per the diagram. For example, if there is 36” between wall wash fixtures, then the row of fixtures should be set 36” from the wall. The optimal distance between the wall and wall wash lights is 1/4 to 1/3 the height of the wall.

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Feature Wall Fixtures
TAW Wall Washer
Target Light Level : 25 vertical foot-candles at 5’-6” above floor
LED criteria : 90+ CRI, 3000°K
The TAW fixture has an asymmetric beam distribution and must be installed in the correct orientation to illuminate walls.

New Vehicle Delivery
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Intent
Lighting in the Vehicle Delivery room is provided by a luminous ceiling. Dimmable LED light fixtures are located either above a translucent ceiling system (TAG) or integral to the ceiling system (TAG-1). This creates a very premium experience for customers receiving their vehicles. The dimmable, diffuse lighting creates a dramatic presentation element for the dealership. When the lighting is low and the vehicle to be delivered has the headlights on, that can be the moment when the customer experiences their new vehicle for the first time.

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Side Wall
Vehicle Delivery rooms may also have a luminous wall. The light spacing and cavity depth parameters for the ceiling should be similarly applied to the wall design.
Note: Either a full wall graphic or luminous wall are recommended to create a dynamic experience in the Vehicle Delivery room.

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Layout
TAG, Option A
In the case of type TAG, the fixtures are independent from the ceiling system and located above the ceiling material. It is crucial that the dimension between the bottom of the fixture and the back of the ceiling system be greater or equal to the on-center spacing between the fixtures (in plan) to prevent hot spots and shadows from being projected onto the translucent ceiling.
Note: This system needs to be coordinated with the ceiling plenum depth early on in the design to provide adequate room for the lights.

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Layout
TAG, Option B
If the unlit ends of the TAG fixtures or lamps create more than a 1” dark zone between fixtures (when placed end-to-end) the fixtures must be mounted in a staggered overlap configuration to prevent dark spots telegraphing onto the translucent ceiling.
The ceiling plenum where the lights are located should be ventilated to ensure the ambient temperature does not exceed the light fixture’s manufacturer recommendations.

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Backlit Ceiling with LED Striplight

TAG
LED criteria : 90+ CRI,
4000°K

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Layout (TAG-1)
The TAG-1 is a fully integrated illuminated ceiling system, with narrow lightweight LED strips that provide a uniform surface lighting. The LED strips connect into a double- sided frame with a seamless, stretched fabric.
Note: This system needs to be coordinated with the ceiling plenum depth early on in the design.

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Backlit Ceiling with Integral LED Lighting
TAG-1
LED criteria : 90+ CRI,
4000°K

Service Workshop
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Intent
Type TAA linear, lensed LED troffer pendants are to be located at each workbay for minimum light levels of 60 foot-candles at 30” AFF. The double row of lights between each service bay can be reduced to a single row over the drive aisle as long as the average light level does not fall below 40 foot-candles.

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Layout
To adequately illuminate each workbay, TAA fixtures are mounted 4’-6” from the centerline of each bay with the bottom of the fixture to be suspended at 12’-0” AFF.

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Layout cont.
The double row of lights between each service bay can be reduced to a single row over the drive aisle as long as the average light level does not fall below 40 foot-candles.
If desired, a 4’-0” TAA fixture can be added at the end of each work bay and hung or wall- mounted at 9’ AFF to provide additional light at the work station.

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Workshop Light Fixture
TAA Lensed Linear Pendant
Target Light Level : 60 foot- candles at 30”
LED criteria : 90+ CRI, 3000°K

Customer Restrooms
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Intent
The bathrooms are lit with the combination of type TAU downlights and the addition of an architectural cove (TAS) and optional wall sconces at vanity mirrors.

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Architectural Cove
A cove light should be included along the mirrored vanity wall and optionally over the stalls and urinals. In both conditions, the cove should run the full length of the wall without interruption.

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The cove should be detailed so that the light fixture is not visible and the cove fascia does not create a cutoff to the light on the wall.

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Vanity Light Sconce
Where a cove is not possible at the vanity, approved decorative lights should be mounted vertically to the mirror with the center of the fixture centered on the height of the mirror, ideally between 5’-6” and 6’-0” AFF.
See Lighting Specifications for approved sconces.

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Restroom Fixtures
TAU Downlight
Target Light Level: 10 to 15 foot-candles at 30” above the floor
LED criteria : 90+ CRI, 3000°K

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Cove Light Fixture
TAS Striplight
LED criteria : 90+ CRI, 3000°K

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Architecture Guidelines / ASCE Neutral / Finishes

Finishes

There are several distinct finish areas, each with a specific material palette for the floor, ceiling, and walls. On the plan diagram shown here, the appropriate material tags are listed for each finish area.

Finish areas

 

1 Entry Vestibule
2 Vehicle Showroom
3 Customer Area (includes Communication Platform and Service Write-up)
4 Offices
5 New Vehicle Delivery
6 Service Drive
7 Service Workshop
8 Customer Restrooms

 

Finishes are referred to by their Item Numbers, which are indexed in the finish specifcations.

 

See Finishes by Area section below for guidelines on selecting Audi-approved finishes for customer-facing areas.

See full Finishes Specs

Finishes by Area

Vestibule
Showroom
Customer Area
Offices
New Vehicle Delivery
Service Drive
Service Workshop
Customer Restrooms
Vestibule

Floor

Aluminum walk-off mat
F-2

Walls and Ceiling

ACM panels
EW-7

Top surface of vestibule volume

Metal bar grate
C-7

Showroom

Floor

24”x 24” dark grey tile
F-1

Wall

Drywall with recessed base and 1/2” reveal, painted RAL 9016
W-1

Ceiling

Drywall, painted RAL 9016
C-1

Customer Area

Floor

Floor - 8”x 48” wood textured porcelain tile
F-3

Wall

Drywall with recessed base and 1/2” reveal, painted RAL 9016
W-1

Ceiling

12”x 48” perforated, acoustic metal panels (torsion spring), RAL 9006
C-2

Offices

Floor

8”x 48” wood textured porcelain tile or carpet tiles
F-3 or F-5

Wall

Drywall with recessed base and 1/2” reveal, painted RAL 9016
W-1

Ceiling

Drywall painted RAL 9016 or 12”x 48” perforated, acoustic metal panels (torsion spring), RAL 9006
C-1 or C-2

Glass

Interior glazing
W-7

Vinyl screening (optional)

Etched or applied striped vinyl
W-8

New Vehicle Delivery