Service walls are wall assemblies, wall-mounted units or modular units that contain specific services intended for use within an interior space. Types of services may include: medical services, drinking fountains, electric outlets, clocks, fire hoses and alarms, extinguisher cabinets, telephone and internet connections, waste receptacles, or other services. This type of system is most commonly used in the health care industry, although the term service wall can also be used to describe other typical wall assemblies where services are installed.
Unique building design and/or code regulations may define specific walls for services. Traditionally, architects and designers have tried to capture as much usable space within an area as possible. Therefore, recessing items such as drinking fountains, fire extinguishers and fire hoses, and security cabinets with their associated plumbing or electrical construction, allow space to be gained through the use of a service wall.
Campers, RVs, trailers, and boats also have considerable conflicts between services provided and the space available. Modern plastics, in conjunction with thin, yet strong and lightwight, composite materials, offer designers of recreational vehicles the opportunity to create service walls for kitchens, baths and entertainment centers, without sacrificing space and weight.
Whether used in the patient's room of a hospital, a public service area, or on a recreational vehicle, service walls are silent system work centers that efficiently organize services and maximize space.