Bill O'Keeffe

 
SAFTI FIRST Fire Rated Glazing Solutions

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.

State of the fire rated glazing industry

The value that today’s technologically advanced fire rated glazing is derived from the radiant heat protection it provides while adding aesthetic appeal and increased visibility within the surrounding building environment. Photo: SAFTI FIRST

Fire-Rated Products | Clear on Technical Glass | February 12, 2015
Many years have passed since my days as the “Wired Warrior,” writes SAFTI FIRST's Bill O'...

The designers were able to exceed 100 square inches in the door vision area in these 90-minute doors by using SuperLite II-XL 90, a fire resistive glass product that meets ASTM E-119/UL 263. The designers also specified SuperLite II-XL 120 in GPX Framing for the sidelites and transoms in this 2-hour stairwell application. The entire assembly meets ASTM E-119/UL 263. Project: CUNY School of Law in Long Island City, NY. Architect: KPF. Glazier: RG Creations. Photo: SAFTI FIRST

Clear on Technical Glass | January 16, 2015
Much attention has been given to active fire protection systems, such as fire sprinklers...

1-hour fire resistive wall with SuperLite II-XL 60 in GPX Framing. Architect: GSBS. Glazier: LCG Facades

Contractors | Clear on Technical Glass | December 11, 2014
One of the most exciting new buildings to open its doors this year is the Salt Lake City...

One of the many fire resistive and blast-rated exterior wall openings by SAFTI FIRST at the VA Primary Care Annex in Tampa, Fla. Photo: SAFTI FIRST

Architects | Clear on Technical Glass | November 19, 2014
Security, safety and transparency don’t have to be mutually exclusive thanks to new...

SuperLite III-XL in a butt-glazed assembly

Fenestration and Glazing | Clear on Technical Glass | October 19, 2014
Innovation is the engine of business success. Whether it’s the development of a brand-new...

SuperLite II-XL 60 with Decorative Art Glass in Stainless Steel GPX Framing work together to make this 1-hour stairwell visually appealing and inviting. Architect: RRTL. Glazier: InterClad. Project: St. Cloud University ISELF Building in St. Cloud, Minn.

Architects | Clear on Technical Glass | August 25, 2014
Within the architectural community, a movement called "active design" seeks to convert...

Plaquemines Parish (La.) Detention Center, designed by L.R. Kimball. Glazier: Glass, Inc.; products used: SuperSecure II-XLS in SAFTIfire GPX Framing. Photo: courtesy SAFTI FIRST

Architects | Clear on Technical Glass | July 24, 2014
Like it or not, the number of incarcerated people in the U.S. continues to rise. With...

Project: Las Olas Beach Club in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Architect: The Sieger Suarez Architectural Partnership. Products: 2-hour SAFTIfire Hurricane Wall System and 90 min. SAFTIfire Hurricane Door System

Architects | Clear on Technical Glass | June 26, 2014
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1 hour fire resistive wall meeting ASTM E-119 requirements with SuperLite II-XL 60 in GPX Framing. Architect: HDR. Glazing Contractor: Charlotte Glass

Architects | Clear on Technical Glass | May 27, 2014
Openness and transparency were high priorities in the design of the Joint School of...

2-hour Fire Resistive CW Framing System from SAFTI FIRST at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. Architect: Ennead. Glazing Contractor: W&W Glass, LLC

Architects | Clear on Technical Glass | May 20, 2014
Fire-rated glazing and framing assemblies are just as beneficial on building exteriors as...

Unsafe wired glass application. This was later replaced with clear fire and CPSC Category II safety rated glazing to prevent injuries. Photo: SAFTI FIRST

Architects | Clear on Technical Glass | May 05, 2014
In the story, a high school student pushed open a hallway door glazed with wired glass....
Building Enclosure Systems | Clear on Technical Glass | April 25, 2014
Code confusion has led to misapplications of fire rated glass and framing, which can have...

The Kensington, Boston. Photo: SAFTI FIRST

Architects | Clear on Technical Glass | April 08, 2014
The majority of fire rated glazing applications occur inside a building to allow...
Architects | Clear on Technical Glass | April 01, 2014
Mismatched fire-rated glass and framing happens more often than you think. Failing to...
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