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Understanding New Accessibility Requirements for Doors

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The 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design has several requirements that continue to surprise architects and specifiers. This article examines changes to door hardware operable force, use of low-energy automatic operators, protrusions into egress, and the need for proper maneuvering clearance.

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Shapes and Sounds: Designing concert halls with curves

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Using curved surfaces in performing arts facilities can diffuse sound and create distinctive appearances; the wide variety of options—may made available through use of modeling technologies and cold-formed steel (CFS)—means a wide palette of dramatically different visual results.

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Getting it Right the First Time: Addressing heat and light problems with glazing

Photo courtesy Sage Electrochromics. Photo © Jeffrey Totaro Photography

Customers often call design teams regarding problems concerning too much light and/or too much heat coming into a building and making the space practically unusable. Frequently, it is not that the existing glass had poor performance, but rather the issue is the original design concept did not combine the glazing with other design elements to adequately address the sun management challenge the exterior environment presents.

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Passive Fire Protection and Interior Wall Assemblies

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To ensure optimal fire protection, building codes require interior wall assemblies to be evaluated by industry standards to determine their fire performance. This article gives examples of fire-rated wall assemblies and passive firestop systems, describing the testing they must go through to achieve their fire ratings. It also covers best practices for the specification and installation of each.

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Specifying Doors for a Healthier Environment

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Healthcare facilities contribute to patient well-being by balancing design elements in the built environment with safety and security. Proper selection of door and hardware products can help protect patients from harm and maintain a level of security for others, including professional and clinical staff. Doors, frames, locks, and electronic access control, can be used together to answer the challenges routinely found in behavioral health and crisis intervention centers. A well designed healthcare facility takes extra precautions to make sure doors and hardware provide security and protection without compromising safety.

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Using Gypsum Wallboard for Acoustic Control

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Over the years, architects have employed a variety of wall assembly design strategies to meet sound transmission class (STC) rating requirements on projects. Some of these methods have often been either excessively expensive or complicated to install properly. Fortunately, today’s gypsum board manufacturers have developed a more practical solution with new laminated noise-reducing gypsum boards specifically designed for optimal sound attenuation and simpler installations.

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