Creating a Collaborative Workspace Without Breaking the Peace

Meeting Room

The rise of the cubicle in the 1960s and ’70s began from a desire for private workspaces. They became so popular that offices used to look like cubicle farms, until these row-upon-row ‘bullpens’ began to draw criticism for their appearance and their limitations on peer interaction and collaboration. Over time, the walls came down and cubicles were abandoned to make workplaces more open and friendly.

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Understanding Code Requirements for Panic Hardware

Von Duprin QEL

Understanding Code Requirements for Panic Hardware
By Lori Greene, AHC/CDC, CCPR, FDAI, FDHI
Panic hardware, also known as an exit device, is designed to provide building occupants fast and easy egress in an emergency. Due to its durability and ease of use, panic hardware is commonly installed in places where it isn’t required by code. Despite its popularity, many specifiers continually struggle with knowing when panic hardware required by code. …

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Blocking exterior noise sources

New England Conservatory Jordan Hall_Acentech_photo credit Robyn Ivy

Whether at work or home, indoor acoustic comfort requires freedom from unwanted sound. Exposure to elevated noise levels may disrupt sleep and interfere with activities requiring concentration. Left uncontrolled, long-term exposure to noise levels not otherwise considered hazardous can lead to stress.

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The hazards of traditional wired glass

Stairwell

For decades, traditional wired glass—with its crisscrossed wires creating diamonds or squares—was installed in buildings around the world. Thanks to its ability to remain intact even when broken, it was the first and, for years, only form of glazing available for fire door assemblies in schools, hospitals, and other buildings.

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