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Norshield Products Fortify Critical NYC Infrastructure

New York City has two very large buildings dedicated to answering the 911 calls of its five boroughs. With more than 11 million emergency calls annually, it makes perfect sense. The second of these buildings, the Public Safety Answering Center II (PSAC II) is located on a nine-acre parcel of land in the Bronx. It’s an imposing 450,000 square-foot structure—a 240-foot-wide by 240-foot-tall cube. The gleaming aluminum cube risesthe equivalent of 24 stories from behind a grassy berm, projecting the unlikely impression that it might actually be floating. Like most visually striking structures, the building has drawn as much scorn as it has admiration. 


Fire-Rated Products

Safti First Fights Through Assertions Made By Plaintiffs Ely Holdings Limited And Greenlite Glass Systems That Safti First’s Fire Rated Floor System Infringed On Their Patent

In a summary judgement dated February 3, 2021, Chief Magistrate Joseph C. Spero of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that the patent infringement claims filed by Ely Holdings Limited (Ely) and Greenlite Glass Systems (Greenlite) against SAFTI FIRST, a USA fire rated glass and framing manufacturer, could not proceed to trial, finding that the SAFTI FIRST’s fire resistant floor does not violate Ely’s patent.



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Fire-Rated Products | Jul 21, 2016

D-Blaze® Fire Retardant Treated Wood (FRTW) Earns GREENGUARD Gold Certification

Fire Retardant Wood Treatment is first of its kind to earn GREENGUARD Gold Certification

| Bill O'Keeffe Jun 30, 2016

Don’t Get Caught in the 60-minute Trap

When it comes to fire rated glass, there is probably nothing more confusing than the 60-minute…
| Jun 27, 2016

Fire-Rated Curtain Wall System Provides Stylish Fire Protection from the Outside In

Creating a sleek and aesthetically pleasing space, while also providing protection against the spread of fire between neighboring buildings, were key points in the development of LMN Architect’s 929 Office Tower in Bellevue, Washington.

Fire-Rated Products | Bill O'Keeffe May 6, 2016

On New York City’s bulletin on lot line requirements – and how it applies everywhere else

Determining when fire rated requirements apply, the type of fire rated glazing allowed, how much fire rated glazing can be used, and what happens when sprinklers are installed are just some of the issues that designers have to wrestle with.

Fire-Rated Products | Apr 12, 2016

Safti First introduces Superlite II-XLB, the largest 2-hour fire resistive glazing for oversize and butt-glazed applications

BRISBANE, CA (April 8, 2016) – SAFTI FIRST, leading USA-manufacturer of fire rated glass and…
Fire-Rated Products | Mar 7, 2016

Fire Resistive Curtain Wall Helps Hospital Meet Fire and Seismic Requirements

SaftiFirst’s custom curtain wall complied with all the seismic requirements while still blending in seamlessly with building’s design

| Bill O'Keeffe Nov 24, 2015

Fire rated doors: standards, testing and glazing requirements

There are several safe and economical alternatives to traditional wired glass for 20-45 minute vision lites

Fire-Rated Products | Bill O'Keeffe Oct 22, 2015

Made in the USA - America's Still the Place

We’ve found that sourcing products as local as possible maximizes the potential benefits to the American economy, which in turn benefits us.

Fire and Life Safety | Oct 13, 2015

Fire rated glass brings whimsical and reliable protection at children’s hospital

Highlights of the addition included 50 private patient rooms, family sleep and dining as well as playrooms, and a family resource center.

Metals | Sep 22, 2015

ALPOLIC® Makes the Impossible Possible: Ryerson University Student Learning Centre

It’s said that Ryerson University can be found at the intersection of Mind and Action. Ryerson’s new Student Learning Centre can certainly be found there, although the actual street address is the intersection of Yonge and Gould, in the busy heart of Toronto, one of the world’s most vibrant and diverse cities.

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