Life Safety/Fire Protection

Fire-Wall Support from a Different Angle

Because not every architectural plan is designed around right angles, the DGH fire-wall hanger can be specified with a skewed or offset option. Like other models in the DG series, the hangers install on a two-hour wood-stud fire-wall during framing and allow two layers of 5∕8-in. gypsum wall board to be slipped into place after framing is complete.

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Quick Job

Class A, water-resistant NRP-FIRESTOP wall panels by Parkland are laminated and can be installed over painted walls, concrete block, plywood, insulating foam and even unfinished drywall. Installed with a tube-type adhesive to save time, the NRP-FIRESTOP also features flame retardancy. A variety of finishes are available: veneers, metallic, marbles, pebbled textures and even marker boards. Matching and contrasting moldings are available, or panels can be installed in a seamless construction. 

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Safety Net

Private Ivy League University Cornell sought to improve student safety by installing bridge safety nets to cut down on potential suicide attempts, which have plagued the area. Cornell’s Ithaca campus was quick to act when three suicides shook the university in 2010. A collaborative project between university architects and a Boston-based firm sought to improve student safety without cutting out Ithaca’s scenic views. The solution? Safety nets. University architect, Gilbert Delgado and associate university architect, Andrew Magre worked with Boston-based NADAAA architects to develop the plans for bridge safety nets. The inspiration came from off-bridge netting along Swiss bridges that have re

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Let There Be (Safe) Light

Fire-rated glass ensures open stairways and daylight infiltration at the South Fayette Intermediate School. “One of the first things you notice when you step into the brand new South Fayette Intermediate School is the amount of natural light. From all corners, the sun streams into the building, creating a happy glow.” This is how architects at Eckles Architecture & Engineering begin the description of the 221,000-sq.-ft. school serving grades 3-5 in McDonald, Pa., southwest of Pittsburgh. The ample daylight that eliminates any chance of a dreary school day is thanks to ample and thoughtful windows as well as internal pathways that allow light to infiltrate deeper inside. Among those path

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