Legrand’s Wiremold OFR Series Overfloor Raceway

Legrand’s Wiremold OFR Series Overfloor Raceway System installs over existing floor coverings and is both tamper-resistant and installer-friendly, making it an ideal solution for relocatable or permanent installations where access through floors and ceilings is not an option.

As technology advances, classrooms need to change. Many older facilities for education were designed before laptops were mandatory, and a streamlined power solution was often not an early consideration. This was the case for the 230-seat Large Animal Clinic auditorium, located at the University of Illinois’ College of Veterinary Medicine.

The center rows in the auditorium required extension cords to have power. This caused a serious trip hazard, which led school officials to reach out to Legrand for a solution.

Legrand presented the Wiremold OFR Series Overfloor Raceway, which is designed to securely route electrical wires and cables across the floor. This seemed like a good solution, except there was one problem. “There was a specific component necessary to support this installation that Legrand did not make,” said Joe Kunkel, Director of Facilities at the College of Veterinary Medicine. “It was an outside corner to allow the system to wrap over each tier.” This challenge did not stop the Legrand team. Kunkel asked for an answer, and it was provided. “The really great thing is that, with very little encouragement on my part, Legrand engineered and manufactured that component to fit my needs – and they did it on a very tight timeline. I was impressed,” he said.

This installation gives students power at their feet and right behind them, depending on where they sit. There was now a durable, permanent and easily accessible power solution for every single seat in the lecture hall – just what the school needed to adapt.