Bill O'Keeffe

About the Author: Bill O’Keeffe is the President and CEO of SAFTI FIRST Fire Rated Glazing Solutions, a leading USA-manufacturer of advanced fire rated glass and framing systems.  An industry veteran and innovator with over 45 years of experience in architectural glazing, he was first to introduce and manufacture clear, fire resistive glazing products in the US.  He is also a safety advocate who exposed the dangers of traditional wired glass, which lead to code changes and fire rated glass products that are safe, affordable and clear alternatives to traditional wired glass.  Today, Bill continues to develop building products that enable architects to create beautiful, safe and energy-efficient spaces with advanced glazing systems.

Posted on October 19, 2014 by Bill O'Keeffe
Innovation is the engine of business success. Whether it’s the development of a brand-new product, a more efficient process or a novel way of serving customers, innovation helps distinguish a company from its competitors while raising the bar for everyone.  Enterprises that emphasize...
Posted on August 25, 2014 by Bill O'Keeffe
The advent of the elevator within multi-story buildings helped to relegate stairs from highly visible locations to confined stairwells tucked away and hidden from view.  While the International Building Code requires that interior exit stairways be enclosed, the use of fire rated glass in...
Posted on July 24, 2014 by Bill O'Keeffe
Like it or not, the number of incarcerated people in the U.S. continues to rise. With that, increased security in all aspects of these facilities continues to be a priority. This is where security glazing products that allow line of sight for supervisors to observe and still maintain secure...
Posted on June 26, 2014 by Bill O'Keeffe
As hurricane season kicks into high gear, it reinforces the importance of balancing the aesthetic and daylight enhancements of glazing with the safety requirements to protect people and structures from hurricane-force winds.    After Hurricane Andrew swept through southern Florida in 1992...
Posted on May 27, 2014 by Bill O'Keeffe
Openness and transparency were high priorities in the design of the Joint School of Nanoscience & Nanoengineering (JSNN) within the Gateway University Research Park in Greensboro, N.C. The 105,000 square-foot interdisciplinary research facility is a collaboration of North Carolina A&T State...
Posted on May 20, 2014 by Bill O'Keeffe
Fire-rated glazing and framing assemblies are just as beneficial on building exteriors as they are on the inside. But knowing how to select the correct fire-rated glass for exterior applications can be confusing.  The fire resistance rating for exterior walls—which ranges from no required...
Posted on May 05, 2014 by Bill O'Keeffe
A recent USGNN news alert has once again brought wired glass to the spotlight in a tragic way.   In the story, 18-year old high school student Sean Lloyd in Burlington, Ontario, pushed open a hallway door glazed with wired glass.  His arm not only broke the glass, but penetrated it,...
Posted on April 25, 2014 by Bill O'Keeffe
The construction industry refers to the IBC model building codes and NFPA 80 and 101 guidelines for the correct and code-approved applications of fire-rated assemblies. Unfortunately, code confusion has led to misapplications of fire rated glass and framing, which can have dangerous and/or...
Posted on April 08, 2014 by Bill O'Keeffe
The majority of fire rated glazing applications occur inside a building to allow occupants to exit the building safely or provide an area of refuge during a fire. But what happens when the threat of fire comes from the outside? This was the case for The Kensington, a mixed-use residential building...
Posted on April 01, 2014 by Bill O'Keeffe
Mismatched fire-rated glass and framing happens more often than you think. Failing to confirm that the tested and listed performance capabilities of the framing system match those of the glazing can create a financial nightmare for the entire building team.  In simple terms, the entire...