Physical security retrofit is not as simple as it used to be. With today’s health compliance mandates and growing social upheaval, physical security upgrades must transcend previous technologies which only focused on minimizing organizational risks in corporate office buildings.
Thanks to the pioneering work of dedicated scientists, ornithologists, wildlife associations, and the glass industry, the future is looking brighter for the billions of birds which end up colliding with windows each year. While still in its infancy, the science of bird-safe glazing is emerging with creative new ideas and changing the way birds see and react to building glass.
This case study explores the unique solutions employed for a unitized curtain wall facade at the Raffles Boston Back Bay Hotel & Residences, a new 35-story tower nearing completion in Boston’s urban core., and located on a prominent corner site with a complex set of environmental and contextual conditions.
While no building product component or system is truly “bulletproof,” industry resources are evolving to evaluate, select, and specify high-performance, aluminum-framed curtain wall, storefront, entrance, and window systems which can help protect against active shooter attacks in schools, universities, and other facilities.
Laboratory testing is the typical way to verify that fenestration products meet specified structural design pressure (DP) criteria. However, engineering analysis can be a viable alternative when standard lab testing will not be sufficient. This article dives deeper into the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA)’s consensus-based process for engineering evaluation of structural integrity: AAMA 2502, Comparative Analysis Procedure for Window and Door Products—which is now approved as a reference standard in the International Building Code (IBC).
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