A reflected ceiling plan (RCP) is a drawing that shows which shows the items are located on the ceiling of a room or space. It is referred to as a reflected ceiling plan since it is drawn to display a view of the ceiling as if it was reflected onto a mirror on the floor.
Things You Should Know
- Pretend that you're hovering a few feet above the ceiling. Imagine that the ceiling below you is transparent.
- Use this perspective to read and understand the ceiling plan.
- Read the specs and additional details listed on the plan. Check the legend to decipher any symbols.
- Pretend that you are hovering a couple of feet above the ceiling.
- Imagine that the ceiling below you is transparent (see-through).
- Visualize the ceiling over the floor below.
- Read a reflected ceiling plan using this concept.
- Notice how the reflected ceiling plan relates to the floor plan.
- Observe the relationship of light fixtures to the furniture below.
- In some cases, the items below are not shown, in order to keep the RCP
from becoming too confusing.
- When furniture, fixtures or the millwork below are shown,they are shown dotted.
- Understand the information. An RCP should contain the following:
- The construction of the ceiling (gypsum board., acoustical tile, etc)
- A specification and/or finish (paint, stucco, etc.) of the ceiling material
- The height of the ceiling above the finished floor (A.F.F.)
- A legend explaining the symbols on the RCP
- An explanation of any ceiling features such as bulkheads, soffits, raised or vaulted areas, trim or decorative applications
- Section symbols to further explain the construction of any ceiling features
- Look for special ceiling features on the RCP, such as:
- Speakers from a stereo or other communication device
- Emergency lighting, exit signs
- Security cameras or domes
- Sprinkler heads
- Smoke or fire alarm devices
- Return air grilles and supply air diffusers for the Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system
- Exhaust fans
- Seismic information and/ or details
- Expansion joint information and/ or details
- Refer to the engineers electrical drawings for:
- Electrical wiring specifications
- Circuitry layout
- Connections to the electrical panel
- Location of switches
You can also check out this comprehensive guide on WikiHow: How to Read a Reflected Ceiling Plan. This resource will equip you with the necessary knowledge to make your ceiling planning process smooth and efficient.