Access Portal In Interior Partition; E.g., Into Office Or Storage Space Patents (Class 52/205)
  • Patent number: 6058667
    Abstract: A knock-down transparent module includes a module frame with a pair of vertical side frame members, each having an upper end and a lower end. Upper and lower horizontal frame members have opposite ends and extend generally horizontally between the vertical side frame members adjacent the upper and lower ends thereof and interconnect the same adjacent the upper and lower ends to define a central opening through the module frame. A transparent sheet is secured to the module frame and extends across the central opening. The module frame defines outer faces having at least one hook shaped to engage an opening in a partition frame member, thereby permitting the module frame to be removably supported within a partition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Assignee: Steelcase Development Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas B. MacDonald, Theodore Q. Chau, Kevin J. Longhurst, Richard S. Hand
  • Patent number: 6058665
    Abstract: A door and doorway construction includes a doorway structure having a lock jamb, a hinge jamb, and a header defining a doorway opening. An adjustable door is constructed to fit mateably into the doorway opening. The doorway structure includes an overhead expressway construction configured to structurally support a weight of the door and further adapted to carry utilities over the doorway opening. The doorway structure is vertically adjustable to align the expressway construction with adjacent wall units, which results in size changes in the doorway opening, and the door is adjustable to define an adjustable vertical height shaped to fill the doorway opening despite the size changes. In one form the door is pivoted to the doorway structure with hinges located above and below the door and at a centerline of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Assignee: Steelcase Development Inc.
    Inventors: Harold Halvorson, Jr., James H. Davies, Peter J. Schauer
  • Patent number: 5966879
    Abstract: The privacy screen provides a simple, effective solution to provide visual privacy for the traditional open workstations of office panelling systems. The privacy screen can easily be retrofitted to existing systems without the need for specialized panels or overhead mounting structure at an opening threshold. The privacy screen is mounted to overlap with a face of a panel adjacent a panel and extend there beyond to close the entryway to the workstation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: Teknion Furniture Systems
    Inventors: Steve Verbeek, Lorie Marangoni, Harry Ayvazyan
  • Patent number: 5778612
    Abstract: A partition panel of the kind commonly used in "open office" systems defines an internal cavity which is used to house pieces of data processing or communications equipment such as a computer, a telephone, a modem and a facsimile machine. This equipment is manufactured using current miniaturization techniques to fit inside the internal cavity of the partition panel. As a result, significant space savings are realized, pilferage of the equipment is made much more difficult, and numerous other advantages are realized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Inventors: Terrance G. Kissinger, Steven M. Kissinger
  • Patent number: 5675946
    Abstract: The privacy screen provides a simple, effective solution to provide visual privacy for the traditional open workstations of office panelling systems. The privacy screen can easily be retrofitted to existing systems without the need for specialized panels or overhead mounting structure at an opening threshold. The privacy screen is mounted to overlap with a face of a panel adjacent a panel and extend there beyond to close the entryway to the workstation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1997
    Assignee: Teknion Furniture Systems
    Inventors: Steve Verbeek, Lorie Marangoni, Harry Ayvazyan
  • Patent number: 5586594
    Abstract: An inflatable wall generally comprises a wall panel including a pliable skin defining an inflatable enclosure and a hinge. Internal I-beams retain the front and rear of the wall panel as spaced vertical planes. The hinge has a vertical axis and is attached to the wall panel first end for supporting the wall in an upright position by hinged attachment to an adjacent wall. The enclosure includes a window box and a window for holding displays or the like. A raceway within the enclosure allows for passage of electrical wiring to displays within the windows. In an alternate exemplary embodiment, two inflatable walls are permanently joined by a flexible hinge having a supplemental hinge on each side, each for hinged attachment of another wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1996
    Inventor: Stanley N. Shapoff
  • Patent number: 5321924
    Abstract: A wall assembly includes a wall frame which is made from a U-shaped support channel in which one end of a wall stud may be releasably engaged by a ratchet engagement formed between the channel and the stud. The ratchet engagement is defined by ratchet teeth provided on the side walls of the channel and splines provided on the sides of the wall stud which splines are shaped to releasably engage the grooves between adjacent teeth. In addition, a door unit is used in the wall assembly which includes a peripheral pocket around the side jambs and top header of the door unit to allow the wallboard to be inserted into this pocket. Fasteners can then be used to secure the wallboard to the flange which defines the peripheral pocket such that the wallboard is connected directly to the door unit, thus obviating the need for side studs secured to the side jambs of the door unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 21, 1994
    Inventor: Robert A. Smolik
  • Patent number: 5199235
    Abstract: An improved panel wall system uses modified battens to simplify the installation of doors, windows, and accessories. An improved mounting system for windows provides flexibility of size and location, while providing for a substantially planar clean room surface. The mounting system used for windows can be adapted directly for mounting any flat accessory, or any accessory mounted upon a flat frame. An improved door jamb element allows the use of butt hinges to hang a door panel, while providing structural support. The improved door jamb element also provides for the on-site addition of a door to an existing panel wall system. An improved mounting system for a transom above a door panel simplifies on-site installation of the transom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1993
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael H. Holkenbrink, David G. Madden
  • Patent number: 5129200
    Abstract: A partition apparatus for an OA office has a partition panel; a side plate disposed on a front face of the partition panel; a side plate disposed on a rear face of the partition panel; and a device for building a business machine in the partition panel in a suitable position thereof. An electronic business machine such as a keyboard operated on a desk can be easily attached and detached from a housing space portion of the partition panel. An office automation equipment for feeding a sheet of paper may be arranged and built in the partition panel so as to feed the sheet of paper from above to below. Functions of the office automation equipment are respectively constructed by modules independently detached from the partition apparatus. A portion of the partition panel falls forward and is engaged therewith in a horizontal direction approximately perpendicular to the partition panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1992
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yutaka Kaneko
  • Patent number: 4843788
    Abstract: A modular seclusion room for confining violent patients wherein the four walls and floor are lined with a padded lining that is abrasion resistant, fire retardant, and shock absorbent. Ventilation and lighting are provided through the ceiling of the room and with access provided by an externally controlled closeable door through one wall. The seclusion room is portable and modular so that it may be quickly assembled within an existing structure in a number of possible sizes and configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1989
    Assignee: Moduform, Inc.
    Inventors: F. Paul Gavin, Debra J. Peloquin
  • Patent number: 4809468
    Abstract: For connection in a building between a roof containing a skylight opening and a ceiling spaced from the roof and containing a ceiling opening, a light transmitter is provided. This light transmitter includes a base-frame unit for attachment to the ceiling at the ceiling opening and a light-emitting opening extending through the base-frame unit. The light transmitter also includes: (a) a light duct comprising a tubular member formed from a sheet of flexible material rolled up into a tubular form, and (b) means for attaching the tubular member to the base-frame unit at one end and to the roof at its other end, with the tubular member surrounding a reference line extending between the skylight opening and the light-emitting opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 7, 1989
    Inventor: Raymond E. Bareiss
  • Patent number: 4726449
    Abstract: An elevator cab having a platform, upstanding wall panels on the platform which define an enclosure having an opening, a door mounted to open and close the opening, and a strike post assembly for the door. The strike post assembly, which includes an inner stationary post and an outer post coupled together to define a vertically extending enclosure, includes hall lanterns mounted in the enclosure, and resilient door stops or bumpers mounted on the outer post. The outer post holds the lenses for the hall lanterns without apparent fastener hardware, and it further functions as a removable cover for the hall lanterns, while concealing a single vertical column of fastener hardware which fixes the outer post to the inner post behind the resilient door bumpers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1988
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventors: Karl B. Orndorff, Paul L. Baldwin, Larry M. Markle
  • Patent number: 4619086
    Abstract: A ceiling construction for buildings has a plurality of flanged main beams disposed in a predetermined spaced relationship to each other and bridging wall mouldings opposed and spaced from each other; a plurality of flanged cross beams connected to the main beams in a predetermined spaced relationship to each other at right angles to the main beams so as to form a ceiling framework; a ceiling wall mounted on the ceiling framework so as to form an access opening in a predetermined position; a pair of auxiliary beams; a plurality of fastening devices for the auxiliary beams; an access door; and a plurality of mounting devices for the access door. The pair of auxiliary beams each is bridged in a predetermined relationship to flanges the opposite main beams of the main beams adjacent to and spaced from each other or flanges of the opposite cross beams of the cross beams adjacent to and spaced from each other in the access opening on the ceiling wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1983
    Date of Patent: October 28, 1986
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Naka Gijutsu Kenkyusho
    Inventor: Hiromitsu Naka
  • Patent number: 4571904
    Abstract: A patient enclosure treatment center includes an outer room and an inner enclosure. The outer room is formed of a floor, a plurality of walls and a ceiling and is environmentally pleasant. The inner enclosure, positioned on the outer room floor, is free of furniture. The top of the inner enclosure is open to the environment of the outer room and is formed of a barrier and a padded floor within the periphery of said inner enclosure. The barrier extends vertically from the floor about the periphery of the inner enclosure, is padded on its interior surface, and is of sufficient height to protect a patient. The barrier further includes means for entering and exiting the inner enclosure and means for viewing the interior of said enclosure. The padded floor lies on top of the outer room floor and contacts the lower portion of the barrier. The inner enclosure must be of a size sufficient to allow a patient to move freely within the inner enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1983
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1986
    Assignee: Allegheny-Singer Research Corporation
    Inventors: Laibe A. Kessler, Jean M. Walsh
  • Patent number: 4479335
    Abstract: An interior wall system formed from two opposing walls. Each opposing wall is assembled from a plurality of composite wall panels, each wall panel having an exterior surface material and an interior layer of insulating material bonded to one side of the exterior surface material. Each opposing wall is anchored to top and bottom U-shaped support members and adjoining wall panels of each wall are connected by a plurality of retaining clips. The retaining clips may be adjusted in length to accommodate various widths between the opposing walls. Additionally, splines are inserted between the first and second walls along the seams between adjoining wall panels. The wall system also includes a door frame comprising first and second jamb members and a lintel member, each having a spacing member attached to approximately the center thereof. The spacing members are inserted between the opposing walls and are used to anchor the door frame in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1983
    Date of Patent: October 30, 1984
    Assignee: Western Sun, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank W. Roberts, Richard A. Roberts, W. Calvin Roberts, Jack A. Nipko, Clark S. Roberts, Hal R. Hudson
  • Patent number: 4388783
    Abstract: The specification discloses a prefabricated partition arrangement for fitting rooms and the like, comprising a pair of parallel, laterally spaced side panels having rearward edges thereof fastened to an interior wall of a building by a first pair of channels. A front panel with a door therein extends between the forward edges of the side panels and is connected therewith by a second pair of channels, thereby forming a sturdy, postless partition assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 21, 1983
    Assignee: American Store Equipment Corporation
    Inventor: Charles F. Logie
  • Patent number: 4231197
    Abstract: A building system is disclosed for constructing non-load-bearing walls in a building having preexisting ceiling and floor structures, using substantially dimensionally identical, lightweight wall panels. The wall panels are rectangular and each has a pair of facing sheets adhesively bonded to a plurality of elongate spacers. The facing sheets of each wall panel overlie each other and have aligned side and end surfaces which define sides and ends of the wall panel. Outer ones of the spacers are inset from the sides of their wall panel, whereby the back surfaces of the facing sheets and the outer spacers cooperate to define channels along the sides of the panels. Preformed elongate ceiling and floor runners are secured to the ceiling and floor structures, and the wall panels are positioned, one at a time, in mating engagement with the floor and ceiling runners to form continuous walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1978
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1980
    Assignee: Component Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Sidney W. Caplan, William N. Molson
  • Patent number: 4068432
    Abstract: A demountable partition wall is of studless construction and comprises ceiling and floor runners adapted to receive a pair of wall panels in spaced relation. The ceiling and floor runners include leg portions which frictionally receive the wall panels to provide a stable and sound deadening construction at the mounting ends of the panels. A stabilizing and sound dampening pad assembly is preferably located in the vertically intermediate regions of the wall. Doors and window units can be located as desired along the partition wall, with the window and door frames being adaptable to the ceiling and floor runners. The floor runner can be spaced above the floor or supporting surface by nails or the like thereby permitting the wall to be installed over carpeting without damaging the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1976
    Date of Patent: January 17, 1978
    Assignee: The Schwamb Corporation
    Inventor: Donald A. Davis