Guiding occupants out of a smoke-filled or darkened building via luminescing egress demarcation could save lives in an emergency. Specifying photoluminescent egress products in commercial buildings is required by building codes, but should also be done with care to ensure the selected materials provide durability and long-term performance.
As architects and engineers consider design responses to climate change, BUILDING owners’ priorities and cost will drive specific strategies and scope to mitigate the risks of extreme weather. In all cases, the safety and protection of occupants is paramount.
When St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic High School opened in early 2017, it was the first Catholic high school in the area of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Funded by nearly $4 million in parishioner grants and donations, the school was conceived by the Diocese of Charleston to provide students with a rigorous college preparatory education in a safe and nurturing environment, dedicated to character, social responsibility, and faith.
In addition to the hurricanes and catastrophic floods making national headlines, a damaging flood happens frequently in the United States, caused by heavy rainfall, dam failures, land development runoff, drainage problems, inland remnants of tropical storms, or many other conditions.
Recent demographic and social trends have increased demand for multigenerational design in commercial buildings, and the restroom offers many opportunities to cater to a full spectrum of generational challenges.