A few months back, Jen Frickell's company was given some bad news. When their lease ended, they'd have to move out of their second-floor suite. The good news, however, was that a suite would be available on the first floor. All they'd need to do was pack up and move downstairs.
It was a fairly reasonable request, so the company's executives signed a new lease and prepared to move. There was, however, just one, small hitch. The nice little server room they built in the back of their office - equipped with air conditioning units, ventilation, dedicated power, backup power, and so on - could not be relocated. Not only would it cost too much, but there was simply no room for it. The server room would just have to remain upstairs.
Obviously, the new second-floor tenant wouldn't want their neighbors walking through their office to access a server room, so building management and the company's executives came up with an alternative: wall off the server room door and build a new one. It seemed simple enough, but there was, however, just one small hitch. The only available wall to install a door was adjacent to the women's restroom. Inside the handicapped stall.
And since you're reading about it here, you know that didn't stop them. Here is the email from building management:
From: ---- --------
Sent: Monday, May 5, 2008 4:37 PM
Subject: Server Room Access
As you all are aware, we have new tenants that have moved into
the 2nd floor suites. The access to the server room is now via
the womenís bathroom.
There will be a sign on the womanís door that can be changed
from OPEN to CLOSED and vice versa.
Should you need to enter the server room, please change the sign
to CLOSED. Once you are done, please change it back to OPEN.
Once you enter the bathroom, you will be able to access the
server room via the handicapped stall. Please close the stall
door prior to entry, just in case someone doesnít see that the
bathroom is closed.
I know this isnít ideal, but if we adhere to this protocol, I
donít think anyone will be disrupted.
Thanks! Let me know if you have any questions.
Jen was kind enough to snap a picture of their just-finished server room entrance.
One of our Wembley buildings has the roof access via the women's toilet on the top floor - there's a hatch in the roof with ladder etc.
Rarely go on the roof now (we no longer use the lasers and radio links we then had) but it used to be fun trying to make sure that we could have access - this floor held our conference centre so we had to make sure there were no emergencies which happened during break times :-)