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Trespa Athlon™ Case Work

SECTION 12345 & 12640

Laboratory Furniture and Equipment



  1. Solid composite laboratory casework, constructed of Trespa Athlon Panels.


  1. Documents affecting work in this section includes but is not limited to the General Conditions, Supplementary Conditions and Sections in Division 1 – General Requirements of these Specifications.
  2. 06200 - Finish Carpentry.
  3. 10500 - Lockers.
  4. 10670 - Shelving.
  5. 15400 - Plumbing; for sinks field inserted in countertops. 


  1. SEFA 3-1996 Recommended Practices.


  1. Submit in accordance with Section 01300.
  2. Submit four samples, 4” x 4”, of each color and thickness of material used.


  1. Delivered completed solid composite laboratory casework shall be stored in a ventilated place, protected from weather.  Protect finished casework from soiling and damage during handling and storage. 


  1. Solid composite materials to be warranted against delamination for 10 years.  The factory authorized cabinet fabricator, product installer and material manufacturer must sign the Warranty documents and submit a copy to the Contractor.
  2. Other materials and workmanship covered in this section shall carry a one year warranty from the date of installation acceptance. 


  1. Entire cabinet shall be constructed of Trespa Athlon solid composite panels.  Hinges, handles, drawer slides and other hardware to be supplied as specified by Architect. 


  1. Woodwork Institute of California, Section 15.
  2. American Woodwork Association, Section 400.



  1. These specifications are based on panels manufactured by Trespa North America, Ltd.
  2. All products specified in this section to be provided by a single supplier.
  3. Basis of Supply – Total Laboratory Solutions, Scottsdale, Arizona, 85266
    Phone 480-488-6421, Fax: 480-488-6462, Email:


  1. Construction and design to develop maximum strength and rigidity in each sectional unit.  Each sectional unit to be completely fabricated ready for placement in the laboratory casework and equipment assembly.  Each cabinet to be a complete integral rigid unit within itself to permit relocation at any subsequent time.
  2. The cabinet shall incorporate full overlay design in which posts and rails are concealed behind the doors and drawer heads. The door and drawer heads shall create a .125" horizontal reveal. There shall be a .0625" vertical reveal at the edge of each cabinet creating a .125" vertical reveal at the end of each cabinet when two cabinets are set in place next to each other.
  3. Base cabinets to be constructed to achieve an industry standard height of 30" or 35” (36" including the counter top).
  4. Each cabinet to be assembled incorporating mortise and tendon construction or 1.25” (32mm) dowel construction. Vertical and horizontal members shall be keyed and then phenol seal bonded and mechanically fastened. Exposed edges on cabinet components, doors and drawer heads to be sanded and polished to a satin smooth finish. Underside of toe space shall be enclosed.


Standards:  Cabinet construction top and bottom shelves are Rabbeted / dadoed, glued and screwed into sides.

Adjustable Shelves: ¾” (19 mm) Trespa Athlon adjustable shelves, supported by metal “L” Clips to fit into line boring @ 1.25” (32 mm) on center.

Cabinet Backs: The backs are ¼” (6 mm) Trespa Athlon panels removable from inside cabinets (finish screwed to top / bottom nailer).

Cabinet Joints: Typical construction includes dado/rabbeted joint, glued and with stainless steel screws.

Toe Bases: Toe bases are supplied and made of ¾” (19 mm) Trespa Athlon.

E.      Component Thickness Schedule:

Cabinet sides and bottoms:

0.5"     (12.7 mm)

Door and drawer heads:

0.5"     (12.7 mm) or 0.75” (19 mm)

Horizontal rail supports:

0.5"     (12.7 mm)

Cabinet backs:

0.25"   (6 mm)

Wall cabinet backs:

0.25"   (6 mm)

Cabinet shelves: 

0.75"   (19 mm)

Work surfaces: 

0.75”   (19 mm) or 1” (25 mm) Thick

F.      Drawer and cupboard units:

  1. Each base cabinet shall consist of drawers or cupboard doors or a combination thereof as shown in drawings.
  2. All base cabinets, unless specified in drawings otherwise, shall have removable back panels from the inside of the cabinet, for access to the pipe spaces to the rear of the cabinet. If cabinet is located in the corner of an assembly and access to the pipe space is required to the side of the cabinet, removable panels shall be provided in the side of the cabinet also. All removable panels shall be easily removed without the use of tools or the removal of screws.
  3. Cupboard units to be provided with an adjustable shelf.  Shelf clips to engage shelf in such a way as to avoid slippage and movement of shelf.
  4. Sectional units shall have 4" (101.6mm) high by 3" (76.2mm) deep toe space members, unless otherwise noted on drawings.
  5. Drawer body shall have 4 sided full box construction and be fabricated of ½” (12.7 mm) minimum or optimally ¾” (19 mm) thick solid phenolic.
    Drawer bottoms shall be matching ¼" (6 mm) material.
    Drawer fronts shall be fabricated of ¾” (19 mm) thick double sided solid composite phenolic resin material and shall be attached to drawer box using duel directional concealed adjustment hardware.
  6. Wall and floor storage cabinets and cases shall match in design and construction the sectional units as specified previously. 
  7. Sectional units, cabinets and cases to be located on the laboratory floor shall be equipped with leveling devices that are easily adjustable, to compensate for unevenness in the floor.

2.03  COLOR

  1. Production lead time varies based on available stock of color selection.  Lead time should be verified prior to specification of non-standard colors. 


  1. Panels shall be of material specifically designed for laboratory work surfaces. Fabricated work surfaces shall comply with all current codes and regulations.  Tops and shelves shall have uniform thickness (+0.03”) and flatness (maximum difference of 0.03”) for 10 foot span.
  2. Panels to be U.L. registered and labeled for quality consistency. 
  3. Chemical Resistance: Evaluation of chemical resistance is based on SEFA’s (Scientific Equipment and Fixture Association) standard list of 49 chemicals / concentrations, their required methods of testing and their minimum acceptable results as a means of establishing a minimum acceptable level of performance for all exposed and semi-exposed surfaces. 
  4. Panels to have screw pull-out strength minimums per following chart (lbs.):

    Screw depth           #6       #8    #10     #12       1/4”   5/16”   3/8” 7/16”          1/2”
    1/4” panels:           120    150    170     200       230   
    5/16” panels:         160    190    210     240       280    350     
    3/8” panels:           190    220    260     290       340    420      510
    1/2” panels:           250    300    340     390       450    560      680 790  900
    5/8” panels:           310    370    430     490       560    710      850 990  1,100
    3/4” panels:                              510     590       680    850   1,000   1,200  1,400

  5. Uniform load to cause no more than 1/4” deflection at center of the span:
    Thickness         12” x 24”         12” x 36”        12” x 48”      24” x 36”
    1/4” panels:                                      35                    10                 5     20
    5/16” panels:            85                    25                   10                   50
    3/8” panels:                    170                                            50        20       100
    1/2” panels:                    370                    110                  45             220
    5/8” panels:                    690                    210                  85             410
    3/4” panels:                 1,400                    400                 170             800
    1” panels:                    2,600                    780                 330          1,500

  6. Performance Requirements:
    1.      Modulus of elasticity:  1,500,000 psi minimum.
    2.      Shear strength:  2000 psi minimum.
    3.      Compressive strength:  24,000 psi minimum.
    4.      Weight:  93 lbs. per cubic foot (PCF) maximum.
    5.      Flame spread (ASTM E-84):  Class 1A (25).
    6.      Porosity: Non-porous surface and edges.
    7.      Microbial Characteristics: Will not support micro-organic growth.



  1. Install cabinets as manufactured, in accordance with this specification as per approved shop drawings.


  1. After installation, the General Contractor shall protect the casework from damage.  They shall be kept free from paint, plaster, cement scratches, or any other destructive forces.


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