Safety has always played a key role in the design of schools, but the necessity is more heightened than ever today. High-profile issues like school shootings add to long-held safety concerns, the most notable being fire.
Among the many reasons architects specify glass are its beauty and versatility. In addition to offering the full spectrum of transparency, color, and high environmental performance as vision glass components, this material can be opacified in spandrels to create visual flair.
Fire-rated doors provide around-the-clock protection to help ensure people can safely exit a building in the event of a fire. When specified with fire-rated glazing, they can also help preserve sight lines and support aesthetic goals.
Insulating glass (IG) units—or IGUs—have come a long way in the past 70 years. Originally mass-produced in the early 1940s to decrease noise and increase passenger comfort in Pullman railroad cars, the technology has transcended that mobile application.
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, etc.