City Furniture’s New Mezzanines with ResinDek Flooring Expand Product Storage and Create Employee Training Center


CINCINNATI, March 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Without the possibility of expanding its 940,000 square feet Tamarac, Florida corporate headquarters horizontally, general manager of facilities at City Furniture ( Ian Peshel was tasked with determining how to create additional space for employee training and inventory storage. Work with Billy Lindler Jr.President of United Steel Storage Inc. (USSI) (, the duo decided to build two new mezzanines in separate areas of the main 750,000 square foot warehouse.

Although Peshel originally envisioned concrete construction for the two mezzanines, he discovered that a concrete slab floor required expensive foundations, footings and support. “That’s when the USSI recommended ResinDek as an alternative,” he said.

After evaluating the options, Peshel determined that ResinDek® engineered wood flooring panels from Cornerstone Specialty Wood Products, LLC® ( were both lighter and less expensive than concrete. For both mezzanines, City Furniture selected ResinDek LD with Gray Diamond Seal® 2 finish, an economical engineered wood composite flooring that supports dynamic and static pallet truck loads up to 2,000 pounds.

“One of the real benefits of ResinDek on the cost side was not only that it was cheaper than using concrete, but it also significantly reduced the weight and structural load that the columns would have to carry. This reduced the size of the columns and the size of the footings, which represented a substantial saving,” he said.

This allowed City Furniture to build a 4,000 square foot training center above an existing employee lounge while maintaining an open and airy atmosphere below. It also allowed Peshel to create a three-story mezzanine in an area with 45 feet of clearance – gaining 15,000 square feet for storage of clearance furniture.

“If we had used concrete, we would have had to use such large columns and footings to support the structure that we could not have used the space at ground level; with ResinDek flooring, we can use the space under the mezzanine because we could reduce the number of columns and use smaller footers,” he said. “We literally wouldn’t have been able to build anything the same size or return on investment than we could with the lighter ResinDek panels.”

Expected (and unexpected) benefits

Peshel was further pleased that ResinDek had been independently evaluated and approved for use in Type IV construction and as part of a fire rated assembly by IAPMO Uniform Rating Services (USA). United ER number 467 and Canada ER number UEL 5027). Additionally, the ResinDek Flooring System is UL Classified as a Fire-Resistant Assembly under UL Design Number L701 and UL File Number R39265.

The UL rating was essential for City Furniture’s training mezzanine, which supported the conventional construction of three occupied enclosed spaces. As this new area houses both classrooms and the Learning and Business Development department, the Local Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) required a fire resistant assembly.

According to Peshel, “Getting a fire rating on a non-concrete product – a wood product nonetheless – is quite rare without massive amounts of fire insulation; this required only a minimal amount of fire retardant spray foam. It was another big win for us choosing the ResinDek.”

Additionally, he was surprised to discover ResinDek’s ability to withstand torrential rain. The panels were accidentally soaked by a thunderstorm before contractors could seal an opening in the ceiling. With more than half of the flooring submerged, Peshel feared it might need to be replaced. Cornerstone National Sales Manager Keith Shipman arrived the next day to inspect the damage.

“There was no distortion. [Keith] also performed moisture and humidity checks on the bottom of the panel and noted that there was negligible difference between the recorded level and the humidity specification range at the manufacturing facility where the panels are products,” he continued. “No swelling. No additional moisture detected. It was quite remarkable.”

Finally, ResinDek flooring reduced the overall installation time, Peshel said: “Using ResinDek made installation significantly faster because we didn’t have to pour the concrete and then wait for it to harden. for 7-14 days. I don’t know of any other wood flooring that would perform nearly as well as ResinDek.”

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For over 20 years, Cornerstone Specialty Wood Products, LLC ( has been at the forefront of research and development in engineered wood flooring panels for the construction industry. handling. In 1994, company founder and president Greg Doppler invented the ResinDek panel, which today has become the first sold mezzanine floor panel in the world.

Originally created in the 1970s as Waterbed City, Tamarac, Florida– headquartered at City Furniture ( is on a mission to change the way people live with beautiful home furniture at incredible value. The retailer has nearly 20 showrooms across Floridaas well as an extensive e-commerce site, which provide customers with all types of styles at affordable prices.

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