Here’s an example of how fire resistive glass adds light and health. A new medical facility at UC Davis used 20,000 square feet of fire rated glass to add natural light, create an atrium and promote health and wellness throughout.
The basics: The recently expanded UC Davis Medical Center Surgery and Emergency Services Pavilion, Sacramento, Calif., features numerous applications of fire-rated glass, including large expanses of fire-rated products in the atrium and light wells, decorative fire-rated products in the prayer/reflection area, and other fire-rated products in exit corridors and the waiting room. The central design element is a large skylight that floods the atrium and various light wells with natural light features. Two-hour fire-rated products used for the atrium and light well walls allow natural light to reach even further into the building. The project was completed in August 2010.
The players: Architect, Stantec/Anshen+Allen, Sacramento; fire-rated glass and framing supplier, Safti First, San Francisco; glazing contractor, Best Contracting, Hayward, Calif.; general contractor, Swinerton Builders, San Francisco.
The glass and systems: SuperLite II-XL 60 and 120 in GPX framing for the 1- and 2-hour walls; SuperLite II-XL 60 and 90 in GPX Framing for the 60 and 90 minute full vision doors; fire-rated decorative art glass with SuperLite II-XL 60 in GPX framing for the prayer and reflection area.
Source: glassmagazine.com, January 31, 2011