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This area includes all of the "back of the house" support for the bowling activity.
4-3.1 Pinsetters, Service Aisle
One pinsetting machine is required per lane. The depth of the space required for this
pinsetting equipment will vary with the manufacturer, but assume about 4'-6"
(1370 mm) as a design allowance.
The service aisle provides continuous access behind the pinsetting machines. A width
of 5'-0" (1520 mm) is recommended.
The ends of the service aisle are typically the storage locations for the lane cleaning
equipment. Ensure that adequate floor space is available, and that egress doors in
these areas are not obstructed. Ramp the side aisles up to meet the level of the
Provide a pair of 40 inch (1016 mm) wide doors at one end of the service aisle for
equipment replacement. Doors must be at grade with the paved surface outside.
A masking unit over the pinsetting area conceals this space from the public portions of
the Bowling Center. These units are sized at one per two lanes, and are supplied by
the bowling equipment manufacturer. The graphic design and colors should be
consistent with overall design of the bowling area.
Provide a suspended gypsum board curtain wall behind the masking units (about 7'-6"
or 2290 mm from the back of pins) and 6'-0" (1830 mm) above the lane surface. This
will act as a sound buffer between the pinsetting machines and the public areas, and
will provide a mounting surface for bowling equipment.
Use concrete floors at the pinsetting equipment and service aisle.
Lighting level: 30-35 FC suggested at the pinsetting equipment. Provide a high level of
lighting at the pins that includes conventional and ultraviolet ("glow") lighting. Lighting
is part of the pinsetting equipment, verify with the equipment manufacturer.
Provide a double door to the exterior for pinsetting machine installation.
Provide structural support, power, controls and dedicated grounding as required by
manufacturers for their equipment. Wiring in conduit may not be appropriate in all
This area including the service aisle will be heated and cooled.
See Chapter 6 for other specialized requirements.
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