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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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| Jan 10, 2014

Special Report: K-12 school security in the wake of Sandy Hook

BD+C's exclusive five-part report on K-12 school security offers proven design advice, technology recommendations, and thoughtful commentary on how Building Teams can help school districts prevent, or at least mitigate, a Sandy Hook on their turf.

| Jan 9, 2014

16 recommendations on security technology to take to your K-12 clients

From facial recognition cameras to IP-based door hardware, here are key technology-related considerations you should discuss with your school district clients.

| Dec 13, 2013

Safe and sound: 10 solutions for fire and life safety

From a dual fire-CO detector to an aspiration-sensing fire alarm, BD+C editors present a roundup of new fire and life safety products and technologies. 

| Rob Cassidy Dec 5, 2013

Exclusive BD+C survey shows reaction to Sandy Hook tragedy

More than 60% of AEC professionals surveyed by BD+C said their firms experienced heightened interest in security measures from school districts they worked with. 

| Nov 14, 2013

Tyco acquires Westfire Inc.

US Operations of Global Acquisition Strengthen Tyco SimplexGrinnell’s Special Hazards Fire Protection Capabilities for Mining, Telecommunications and Energy Markets

| Oct 27, 2013

SimplexGrinnell Awarded Contract by National Joint Powers Alliance for Streamlined Procurement of Fire and Life-Safety Solutions

Agreement Provides 50,000 Public Entities with Simplified Access to Comprehensive Suite of Products and Services

| Aug 23, 2013

The Exploratorium’s tall order

The newly-opened Exploratorium has brought energy and excitement to the city’s bustling waterfront.  EHDD transformed the historic Pier 15, built in 1915, to a 330,000 square foot indoor and outdoor campus, being touted as the largest net-zero building in the city and potentially the largest net-zero museum in the world.

| Aug 22, 2013

New CO-PLATE makes revenue generation through CO detector replacement easier

With the first round of system-connected carbon monoxide (CO) detectors reaching their end of life, there’s a big opportunity for dealers and installers to increase their revenue streams through CO detector replacements. System Sensor has launched a new CO-PLATE Carbon Monoxide Detector Plate to coincide with this opportunity. 

| Jul 12, 2013

Statue of Liberty Monument bolstered by Vetrotech Saint-Gobain’s fire-rated glass

The Statue of Liberty National Monument reopened to the public featuring two new fire stairwells and an elevator that will allow visitors with reduced mobility to look into the Statue’s interior structure. 
High-rise Construction | Jul 9, 2013

5 innovations in high-rise building design

KONE's carbon-fiber hoisting technology and the Broad Group's prefab construction process are among the breakthroughs named 2013 Innovation Award winners by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

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