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Get a grip on stainless steel railing finishes

When choosing a stainless steel railing, finishes must be taken into account to ensure long-term success. Photo © BigStockPhoto

Stainless steel is often used as a railing material, especially where corrosion resistance is a major concern. However, many design/construction professionals may be unaware of the finer nuances of selecting the right type of material. Having a better understanding of finishes is critical.

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Recreation centers and building codes: Then and now

Intumescent coating in the Marshall University Recreation Center. All photos © Hastings+Chivetta Architects/Sam Fentress Photography

Over the past two decades, the design of recreation and assembly buildings has undergone numerous changes, brought about by everything from aesthetic trends and technology advances to demographic shifts and new understanding about occupant comfort and user experience. Another major factor has been ever-evolving building codes.

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In or out?

Cash department window

While security windows and detention windows may seem to serve the same purpose, the major difference comes down to whether you intend to keep the threat in or to keep it out. The answer to this simple question will influence how to correctly specify the right type of window for a facility.

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From jail to hotel: Windows that work

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When baseball superstar Babe Ruth toured Boston’s Charles Street Jail in 1925, he famously quipped: “This isn’t a jail, it’s a hotel”—a prophecy that has since come true. Now known as the Liberty Hotel, this 298-room, high-end hospitality destination retains its architectural heritage with its famed rotunda, jail-themed bars and restaurants, and its historically accurate replacement windows.

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Specifying ballistic resistance

This images shows the ballistics test results of this specially formed glass.

When specifying, designing, or building with ballistic-resistant products and/or assemblies, it is important to use safe, high-quality products that have not only been tested to accepted industry standards, but also certified. There is some confusion in the marketplace about testing and certification. Contrary to what some may believe, one does not necessarily mean the other.

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Different applications, different anchors

corrugated sheet-metal anchors—commonly referred to as ‘brick ties’—are routinely installed improperly due to the gap between project specifications and building code requirements. Supplementary specifications for brick ties are necessary to provide a code-compliant and durable masonry veneer. All images courtesy Building Diagnostics, Inc.

For certain projects, it may be difficult to use standard corrugated steel brick ties while adhering to all the Masonry Standards Joint Committee’s MSJC Code requirements. This web feature serves as a supplement to a January 2016 issue that explored more traditional applications for anchors.

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