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Lightweight Composite Material Buried Mounting Platforms for CUBE™ Outdoor Equipment Enclosures
CPAD Modular Mounting Platform
Charles Composite Pads (CPAD) are economical alternatives for concrete pads which eliminate on-site work, save time, and eliminate injury risk associated with handling and maneuvering heavy concrete slabs. With today’s compressed schedules to complete network builds, the CPAD solution enables rapid deployment with minimal on-site project planning and coordination. Made from advanced composite materials, CPADs are extremely durable (i.e., won’t crack over time), lightweight, and simple to install. With available options for both small cell and macro cell deployments, there is a CPAD solution for all your wireless deployment builds.

CPADS are custom designed to fit the mounting pattern as well as cable ingress/egress ports of the enclosure that is placed on top. 


CPAD Applications

Wireless
  • Small Cell
    A variety of CPADs have been designed to match Charles groundmount Small Cell cabinet and shroud solutions
    Small Cell CPAD Solutions

  • Macro Site
    A modular CPAD solution has been designed which accommodates Charles Macro Site Solutions including Site Support, Battery Backup and Equipment Cabinets as well as 20/30kW diesel generators from Generac, Kohler and MTU
    Macro Site CPAD Solutions

  • Dark Fiber

Wireline

  • Fiber Hub
    The Integrated CPAD with 30"x48" TRUE Split Cover Below Grade Enclosure in an all-in-one solution designed for mounting Primary Flexibility Point (PFP) cabinets with room below the pad and cover for sealed fiber splice cases and cable slack storage
    Fiber Hub CPAD Solutions

  • Fiber Backhaul
     

  • DSLAM
     

  • Line Power


Proprietary Composite Construction

Composite materials and coatings have been tested by Environ Labs, a certified Nationally Recognized Test Lab in Minneapolis.  Materials are Fully compliant to SCTE/ANSI-77 2013 Standard which covers Impact Resistance, Flammability, Sunlight Exposure, Chemical Resistance (includes Telcordia GR-902 Chemical list), Brush Fire Test, Water Absorption and Tier 15 and Tier 22 Load Ratings

Standard pads can accommodate up to 8,000 lbs of equipment.  With additional bracing, pads can be made to hold 20,000 lbs. 

Small Cell Pads have exceeded GR-487 Overturn Wind Moment test requirements (150 mph wind force)


CPAD Basic Installation Procedure

CPAD Installation Photos
 
  1. Dig a hole 2” larger (minimum) than the perimeter of the pad, approximately. The hole must be deep enough so that the composite pad will be buried to within 1” to 2” above the pad line at the highest ground point. When calculating the depth of the hole, be sure to include 6” for a bed of gravel. 

  2. Route the conduit to the hole. Place the conduit so that it can be easily installed through the openings in the composite pad into the cabinet. 

  3. Backfill and tamp the ground around the conduit and the mounting hole, ensuring that it is securely compacted and level to avoid heaving and conduit movement issues in the future. 

  4. Fill the hole with approximately 6” of pea gravel. Tamp the gravel so that it is compact and level to ensure proper drainage and leveling of the pad. 

  5. After the hole has been properly prepared, place the Composite Pad so that the holes in the pad line up with the conduit. Square and level the pad. 

  6. It is recommended practice to drive 16” to 18” screw anchors through the flange of the pad and into the ground through the provided holes (Composite Pad Screw Anchor Kit sold separately; Note: if the provided anchor holes in the pad flange line up with conduit, the installer can drill a new 1.5” hole in the pad flange up to 8” in either direction from the original hole and install the screw anchor in the new hole. Ensure that the pad is still level. 

  7. Backfill around the pad. Tamp the dirt every six inches of depth to ensure that it is properly compacted. Ensure that the pad is still level. 

  8. Before cabinet installation, cut off conduits just above the gravel line. This ensures that there is the full space in the cavity below to route and manage the cables. The cavity also allows fiber slack storage.
     

Photo sequence of cabinet placement on installed CPAD Macro Site Modular Solution

Cabinet Installation on CPAD Mounting Platform
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