Doors & Windows

Fire-Resistant Wood Frame

Wood-clad frame covers snap onto fire-rated aluminum frames after installation, providing a warm, sleek profile for window and door frames that are rated for 45-, 60, 90-, and 120-minute applications. GPX Snap-Together frame covers are available in several species of decorative wood, including maple, cherry, and oak, and can be easily changed to accommodate updated interior design schemes.

Safti Fire Rated Glass.

Reader Service No. 202

Sacrificial Façade

When completed later this year, Orlando (Fla.) Regional Healthcare's 11-story Hospital for Women & Babies will be virtually impervious to hurricane damage. Approximately 100,000 sf of HI7000 series hurricane-resistant curtain wall will clad the structure. In the event of high winds, the panels become "sacrificial," but the integrity of the building will be maintained, says the maker.

Harmon Inc.

Reader Service No. 213

Prison-Ready Locks

Mortise lock suitable for prison applications features stainless steel latch and deadbolt assemblies, providing strength and durability. The deadbolt is constructed with two hardened steel pins that are resistant to sawing. Friction-proof fingers on the latch assembly enable reduced pressure to close the door.

Marks USA.

Reader Service No. 201

See-Through Fire Doors

A recent expansion of the Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art, located on Northwestern University's campus in Evanston, Ill., tripled the size of the facility. While the project increased patron traffic, museum director Dr. David Robertson noticed one major problem: four steel fire-rated doors that lead to the museum's inner lobby were impeding the flow of traffic into the facility. "Students and other guests would enter the outer lobby and not know where to go," says Robertson. "The solid doors were sending a 'keep out' message instead of inviting people to enter." Local design architect Dirk Lohan replaced the solid doors with one-hour fire-rated glass doors. The system consists of FireFrames Heat Barrier Series steel framing and Pilkington Pyrostop glass.

Technical Glass Products.

Reader Service No. 206

Healthy Finish

Finish system for custom wood doors uses water-based stains and solvent-free sealers and topcoats, eliminating volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions. Permaguard factory finish can match any custom color and includes ultra-violet curing that adds a durable protective shield to wood veneer doors.

VT Industries.

Reader Service No. 229

Power-Hungry Door no More

Power door operator is designed for optimal performance during both power and manual operation. When the 5700 LEO is opened manually, the drive train and motor are not engaged. The system's standard door closer, not the motor, controls the closing cycle. Units are available for push and pull applications and can be activated by motion sensor, radio frequency, or wall switch.

Norton Door Controls.

Reader Service No. 203

Electronic Locks Made Easy

St. John's University, Jamaica, N.Y., recently converted all locks from a mechanical key system to an electronic system that adds flexible control without hard-wiring each door. The Schlage Computer-Managed system utilizes standalone microprocessor electro-mechanical locking units that can be programmed at the lock or via a computer or PDA (person digital assistant). Each unit is powered by four AA batteries that provide 80,000 activations, and easily fits in existing cylindrical, mortise, or unit locks.


Reader Service No. 223

Heavy Wood Doors

Wood door line is designed for heavy use and long-term operation, with 4 ½-in. ball-bearing hinges and beveled meeting stiles. Doors meet ADA requirements and are available with several hardware, sill size, finish, and frame options, including rim or mortise locks and metal or wood frames.

Marvin Windows and Doors.

Reader Service No. 228

Single-Source Exterior

Given just three months to disassemble and re-clad the 13,000-sf exterior of Jefferson College Technology Center in Hillsboro, Mo., the Building Team decided on a single-source supplier for new metal wall panels and windows. Specifying Formawall metal panels and Formavue windows, both manufactured by Centria, allowed for faster installation and better integration between components, according to the maker.


Reader Service No. 207


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