1930-01-01

Garage and Shop Design 300047

PRIME consideration must be given to the garaging and servicing of fleets of vehicles, according to the author, because numerous corporations operating on a large scale have come into existence in the last several years. After mentioning the variations in dimensions of motorcoaches and motor-trucks, he discusses the multiple-story structure and specifies the requirements of design, afterward going into detail concerning the planning of a motorcoach garage, particularizing on numerous details that will tend toward ease of operation and economy in both housing and servicing the vehicles.
Desirable structural materials are commented upon, such as truss spans, brick or concrete for walls, plastered wall for waiting rooms, office and staff rooms, and cement for floors.
Numerous advantageous features are mentioned in connection with height of ceilings, roof design, and mechanical operators either hand or motor-driven for opening and closing the window sash. A method of top lighting which has proved very effective and otherwise satisfactory is illustrated and described.
Desirable types of service pit are shown in which recessed lighting, compressed-air, oil, drainage and ventilation facilities are provided. The author discusses the elimination of carbon-monoxide gas and describes heating and lighting methods, repair-shop practices and a specific modern motorcoach garage. Exterior design for attractive appearance is advocated and comments are made on motor-truck garage and service-station design.
In the discussion* the best location of the pits for servicing the vehicles is debated and statements are made concerning the best types of general illumination in a garage in connection with maintenance, inspection and repair work.

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