Jim and Martie Bultman Student Center, Hope College, Holland, Mich.
Jim and Martie Bultman Student Center, Hope College, Holland, Mich.

Rail System Enhances Community

A minimalist stair track rail system at the Hope College Jim and Martie Bultman Student Center gives the open concept space a sense of lightness and freedom—ideal for fostering community among students and campus organizations.

Challenge: 

Provide safety needed for stair systems without taking away from the elegance of the space.

Influence: 

The center includes a large multipurpose room with adjacent patio, a lounge with fireplaces, as well as, meeting areas and a coffee shop.

Criteria: 

Hope College in Holland, Mich., unveiled the 42,000-sq.-ft. Jim and Martie Bultman Student Center—the college’s first new dedicated student-center space in more than 35 years.

Solution: 

Trex Commmercial Products’ (TCP) minimalist Track Rail system, along with tempered glass, maple hand rails and a matching maple top cap, offered the perfect railing system to give the open-concept space a sense of lightness and freedom—ideal for fostering community among students and campus organizations.

A total of 341 linear feet of Track Rail was used to create the open-concept lobby of the Jim and Martie Bultman Student Center, designed to foster inclusiveness within the student community.

The center’s overlooks were created with TCP’s Track Rail system, which is attached to concrete via epoxy anchors. This railing features 0.5-in. clear tempered  glass with exposed edges on both the overlook and the stairs, polished for a smooth finish.

The 2-in. hard maple handrails are attached to both the glass and the wall, and complement the warm architectural features of the building. Aluminum through-glass standoffs with a bronze anodized finish are used to secure the railing to the glass, while the rail is secured to the wall via aluminum wall-mounted standoffs.

Jim and Martie Bultman Student Center, Hope College, Holland, Mich.
Jim and Martie Bultman Student Center, Hope College, Holland, Mich.

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