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July 2022
A Clear Solution for One Vanderbilt (July 2022)
Sophisticated. Elegant. Iconic. These are some of the words being used to describe One Vanderbilt Avenue, the 77-story skyscraper that has redefined the Manhattan skyline. At 1,401 feet tall, it is the tallest office tower in Midtown, with a prime...
June 2022
2021 IBC Code Updates Affecting Fire Rated Glass (September 2021)
The 2021 version of the International Building Code (IBC) is now available and there are some key code changes affecting the use of fire rated glazing systems, particularly to Double Fire Walls and Energy Storage Systems in the Chapter 716 Tables....
March 2022
Beautiful 2-Hour Glass Floor Brings Light and Protection to San Francisco’s Union Square (March 2022)
According to the SFMTA’s website, the upcoming Union Square Station in San Francisco, CA will “connect residents and visitors to this vibrant urban center, home to the city’s highest concentration of jobs and an outstanding array of hotels, retailers and restaurants.”...
June 2021
Fire Rated Glass Delivers Vision, Vision, Vision (June 2021)
How Innovations in Fire Rated Glass Technology Maximize Vision and Transparency Glass has long been used by architects to add vision, transparency, and a feeling of openness to otherwise closed-off spaces. Typically, these closed-off spaces, devoid of natural light and...
March 2021
USA-Made Fire Rated Glass Helps UC Merced Achieve Triple Zero Sustainability (March 2021)
The Merced 2020 Project, an ambitious, $1.2B, extensive expansion of the UC Merced campus, is “the largest public-private partnership social infrastructure project completed in U.S. history,” according to the university’s website. This includes new facilities used for academic, administration, laboratories, housing and...
December 2020
AIA, HSW, AIBC and ICC Credits from SAFTI FIRST (December 2020)
Innovative Design Applications Using Advanced Fire Rated Glazing Technology 1 AIA LU / 1 HSW Credit Architects have always pushed the limits of what building products can do, and fire rated glazing is no exception. This program shows how fire...
September 2020
Fire Resistive Butt-Glazed Walls Let Light In At Award Winning Transit Center (September 2020)
Bringing the outside in was an important design element for the newly opened BART Milpitas Transit Center.
ASTM E-119/UL 263/CAN ULC S101 rated, fire resistive SuperLite II-XLB 60 butt-glazed walls were used for the...
March 2020
This Too Shall Pass: Helpful Resources from SAFTI FIRST (March 2020)
The influx of COVID-19 during the past months has changed our society in unprecedented ways. Numerous shelter-in-place orders, whether it is mandated or simply recommended...
December 2019
Code Change Drives Industry Demand for 60-90 Minute Full-Vision Temperature Rise Doors (December 2019)
In the last couple of months, SAFTI FIRST has embarked on an ambitious, $8M expansion to upgrade our fire rated glass, systems, and door manufacturing capabilities in Merced, CA...