Stair & Railing Systems

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. Provide safety needed for stair systems without taking away from the elegance of the space. The center includes a large multipurpose room with adjacent patio, a lounge with fireplaces, as well as, meeting areas and a coffee shop.

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Snap to it

A solution for installing CableRail stainless steel railing infill into composite sleeved or wrapped wood posts, Quick-Connect lag and pivot fittings now work with wood. Easy to use, cable end simply insert into the fitting, and the embossed Quick-Connect jaws grab and automatically lock in place. No crimping or hard-to-use compression tools are required. The fittings screw directly into the face of a post or wall, which makes them the perfect solution for projects requiring an inside-to-inside connection.

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Simplicity with Style

Stainless steel I-SYS cables, rods and hardware create minimalist balustrades offering needed protection with-out visual interruption. Available as custom orders or in preconfigured assemblies, the systems are maintenance-free, corrosion-resistant and fully recyclable. 

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Safety and Better Views at a Sports Arena

Detroit’s Little Caesar Arena features glass and aluminum rails to provide spectator safety, and give them optimum views from higher seating arrangements.  Giving new meaning to the term “upper level,” Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena features a unique gondola-style seating area that is suspended high above the playing area. This exceptional arrangement would not be possible, nor useful, without several hundred feet of strong, secure glass Track Rail provided by Trex Commercial Products.Home to the NHL’s Red Wings and NBA’s Pistons, Little Caesars Arena is located in The District Detroit and is designed to be one of the most intimate venues in both hock

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Glazing Gives Downtown LA Added Glitz

One of the latest additions to the downtown Los Angeles skyline is Metropolis—an expansive mixed-use development aimed at redefining luxury urban living. Developed by Greenland USA and designed by Gensler, Metropolis encompasses 6.3 acres of real estate, and features three residential towers, a hotel, a 60,000-sq.-ft. retail pavilion and high-end restaurants. A wide variety of architectural glazing systems were needed to help improve the function, safety and aesthetics of the new, ultramodern complex.

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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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Transparency and Safety

ZGF Architects worked with the team at UCLA’s Center for the Health Sciences building’s South Tower on a custom mesh railing infill for the complex. The 443,000-sq.-ft. South Tower building on UCLA’s Center for the Health Sciences (CHS) building underwent a seismic upgrade and renovation to convert nine of the former hospital’s 12 floors into research lab space. ZGF Architects wanted to create a custom mesh railing infill for the complex. ZGF’s vision was to maximize openness without diminishing the strength of the infill material.

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View to a Thrill

New cable guardrails enhance sightlines at Sonoma Raceway. Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, Calif., was looking to enhance its sightlines for better race viewing. A guardrail was to be installed in two areas: a corporate hospitality area overlooking the track and another corporate hospitality section located alongside the track. Both locations were completed just prior to the 2015 Sprint NASCAR race, which took place in June. The primary “driver” for this project was to create areas with high visibility while also ensuring the safety of race-goers. The VIP viewing platform, which is situated just above the main grandstand, was designed with vital sightlines in mind.

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Much Needed ‘Bounce’ in Design

Trampoline park gets much needed ‘bounce’ in design with guard rails. Kids, trampolines and safety make a fun combination, especially when the trampolines are located in an indoor recreational setting like Sky Zone Trampoline Parks. Sky Zone facilities attract customers of all ages, including toddlers and kids who like it for special event parties, adults looking for fun fitness recreation, and serious gymnasts. When it comes to the welfare of its customers, however, park operators consider more than the jumping area when incorporating safety precautions. The Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Newark, Del., which opened in 2014, the building and interior design are based on criteria from the corpor

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Farm-Fresh, Modern Design

SHED, a market, café and community gathering space in Healdsburg, Calif., has celebrated the land, farming, food, art and culture of Northern Sonoma County since it opened in April 2013. Designed by Jensen Architects of San Francisco, the SHED architectural style incorporates prototypical farm building forms to support the vision of SHED co-owners Cindy Daniel and Doug Lipton: to create “a stronger connection to the land and the food we eat.” For the guardrail, Jensen initially considering a trellis-like arrangement; as the design developed, they realized they were really looking for transparency and openness at the guardrail. The building opens fully to the street, inviting people in and le

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