Tips for Specifying Railing for Multifamily Balconies

By: Chad Benning, Vice President of Projects, Trex Commercial Products

In the wake of COVID-19, multifamily housing developers are emphasizing outdoor amenity space more than ever with private balconies now at the top of many tenants’ must-have lists. In a recent white paper published by Newmark in conjunction with Hartman Design Group, a major developer reported that 70% of its units are now being designed with balconies, compared to 40%-50% pre-pandemic. Furthermore, they anticipate raising rent premiums for this in-demand amenity.

While there’s no question balconies have the power to drive added value in multifamily residential buildings, they also require careful specification. The combination of being elevated and outside presents structural and safety concerns that must be planned for from the outset. As a leading provider of architectural railings, Trex Commercial Products has more than three decades of experience engineering and fabricating architectural railing systems for a wide range of venues and building types. Following are four key areas that require consideration when specifying balcony railing.

Code Compliance

First and foremost, balcony railing must be specified to code. Requirements vary by jurisdiction, so it is important to consult with a subcontractor well-versed in the engineering requirements for guardrail systems to assure compliance with codes such as height requirements, wind loading, live loads, snow loads, uplift, and materials selection for the environment – including anchors and fasteners. Due to the structural loading required by building code, such as for wind and live loading, it is important that railings are considered early in the design phase to assure the balcony structures can handle the proper loading criteria.  

A good supplier partner will provide a comprehensive proposal that contains all the pertinent details a developer needs, including detailed takeoffs with specific inclusions (or exclusions) for railings within the project scope. Additionally, our team typically includes 3-D renderings based on the architectural and structural specifics for a project. These precision measurements eliminate the risk of human error and are especially helpful during the approval process. They also save weeks of manual field measuring and result in a much faster track to manufacturing.

Aesthetics

In addition to ensuring safety, balcony railings should meet the architect’s design intent and enhance the exterior aesthetic of a building. Design considerations include color, code compliant height, engineering requirements and panel infill design. Once utilitarian, today’s railing options for multifamily buildings are as varied and versatile as their single-family and commercial counterparts. Our Trex Signature® railing, for example, is available with a range of infill options including traditional pickets along with industrial-inspired mesh inserts and transitional glass panels. Signature railing also can be upgraded with LED lighting for added ambiance and safety.

Trex Commercial Products is currently working on The Arello, a new multifamily development in Olathe, KS. In addition to providing balcony railing for the upscale apartments, we are using our fabrication capabilities to engineer a custom pool fencing system utilizing components from our Signature railing line to provide aesthetic consistency across the project’s outdoor living spaces.

Installation

Another reason to consider balcony railings early in the design process is because installation requires close collaboration with other trades to assure the construction for anchorage points meets code requirements and product design intent. Proper phasing of activities is essential for aligning with construction methods and scheduling. At the Ascent by Watermark luxury multifamily community in Colorado Springs, we provided detailing of each unique site condition which allowed us to proactively identify opportunities to optimize sequencing with our trade partners and constructability of stair conditions. 

Versatility and ease of installation should also be considered when evaluating railing options. For instance, our Signature railing is available in pre-assembled panels that accommodate interchangeable infill options. The system also works with multiple anchoring options, including for wood substrate, concrete, and wall attachments. Assembly requires no special tools or tightening, and components can be modified on site to fit field conditions.

Longevity

If designed with proper material selection and connections, balcony railings should last the lifetime of a building. Offering superior strength and design flexibility, aluminum is ideal for balconies. Durable powder coating allows railings to resist corrosion and retain their color with very little maintenance. Aluminum also is a sustainable material. Trex Signature railings, for instance, are made from 50% recycled content and are 100% recyclable, allowing them to contribute to the LEED Recycled Content credit.

Proper connections are equally important for ensuring longevity. We sometimes see a lack of detail related to railing connections which can create future cost variances and construction issues when left ambiguous. Again, this is where an experienced supplier partner can prove extremely valuable. For instance, at the Boulevard at Central Station project located in Tinley Park, IL, we collaborated ahead of time with the general contractor to take advantage of the versatility of the product’s anchoring options to accommodate a specific design intent of the balcony structure that differed from the original rail attachment plans.

Particularly when balcony railings are being considered, architects and developers should enlist the help and expertise of a qualified manufacturer at the beginning of design planning to best understand what’s possible and what’s required for an optimal outcome. When done right, balcony railing can enhance privacy, optimize views and create an outdoor oasis that commands a premium and delivers tenant satisfaction.

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About the Author

Chad Benning is Vice President of Projects for Trex Commercial Products, Inc., a subsidiary of Trex Company, Inc., and a national leader in engineering and fabricating architectural railings for commercial applications. Since 1990, the Minneapolis-based company has been committed to elevating the abilities of all people to safely access and enjoy amazing life experiences, while building an industry-leading reputation for quality and customer service. To learn more, visit https://www.trexcommercial.com/.

 

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Trex Commercial Products Dazzles as Part of New TQL Stadium

MLS Venue Spotlights Custom Railing and Architectural Elements

MINNEAPOLIS, June 14, 2021 – Built by Cincinnati, for Cincinnati, TQL Stadium brings distinctive design elements and inclusive viewing experiences to one of the Midwest’s rising cities – just in time for the 2021 Major League Soccer (MLS) season. Known as “The Crown Jewel of Cincinnati,” this soccer-specific architectural wonder boasts nearly 20,000 linear feet of custom engineered railing from Trex Commercial Products, a leading national provider of architectural railing systems.

“We are delighted to help usher in a new era of soccer for the city of Cincinnati,” said Laura Rygielski Preston, president of Trex Commercial Products. “In addition to equipping the stadium with seven different railing styles, our team custom engineered fencing, gates and other architectural elements to further enhance fan safety and promote socialization without disrupting visibility of the action on the field.”

Trex Commercial Products’ railing can be found both inside and outside the stadium, from the seating bowl, suites and exterior balcony to the concourse and surrounding gates. Cable and picket guardrail, Track Rail™ and drink rail provide secure access and convenience for the venue’s 26,000 spectators. Clear tempered, laminated glass railing with SGP interlayer offers unobstructed views and an additional, luxurious touch to the stadium’s flair. Further enhancing the facility, custom perforated guardrails turn the entry to the West Interior Club into a dramatic design element.

A distinguishing aspect of this project was Trex Commercial Products’ high-definition surveying (HDS) for its glass railing systems. 3-D laser scanning was used for precision modeling of the distinctive railing shapes and contours featured throughout the state-of-the-art venue. This advanced form of field analysis offers a wide array of benefits, including faster turnaround, improved safety, reduced rework and higher quality data capture.

“This emerging technology is scalable and can be used for smaller venues as well as large-scale projects,” added Rygielski Preston. “The scanning tool produces high-accuracy mappings of the area we’re working on with complex designs and geometries. These data points are then turned into a ‘point cloud’ file and provide extremely accurate dimensions quickly, safely and efficiently.”

TQL Stadium broke ground in December 2018 and opened in May 2021. The 518,000-square-foot venue is located in the West End neighborhood and features premium viewing experiences based on fan preference, including one of the best supporters’ sections in the U.S. The high-end, all-inclusive Tunnel Club grants fans access to seats directly next to the player walk-out tunnel, while the Pitch View Club features an upscale lounge experience in which spectators can soak in the action from an all glass exterior, as well as a one-of-a-kind outdoor deck for viewing pleasure.

About Trex Commercial Products

Trex Commercial Products is a national leader in architectural railings for commercial applications. Since 1990, the company has been committed to elevating the abilities of all people to safely access and enjoy amazing life experiences, while building an industry-leading reputation for quality and customer service. Based in Minneapolis, Trex Commercial Products, Inc. is a subsidiary of Trex Company, Inc. To learn more, visit www.trexcommercial.com.

About Trex Company, Inc.  

Trex Company is the world’s largest manufacturer of high performance wood-alternative decking and railing, with nearly 30 years of product experience. The #1 brand in outdoor living is proud to be to Fortune magazine’s 2020 list of the world’s 100 Fastest-Growing Companies and to Forbes’ 2021 List of America’s Best Mid-Sized Companies. Stocked in more than 6,700 retail locations worldwide, Trex outdoor living products offer a wide range of style options with fewer ongoing maintenance requirements than wood, as well as an environmentally responsible choice. For more information, visit trex.com. You also can follow Trex on Twitter (@Trex_Company), Instagram (@trexcompany) Pinterest (trexcompany), or Houzz (trex-company-inc), “like” Trex on Facebook, or view product and demonstration videos on the brand’s YouTube channel (TheTrexCo).

Trex Commercial Products Helps Set the Stage for Olympic Track Trials

Custom Railing Supplier Part of Recent Renovation at Historic Hayward Field in Oregon

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., June 1, 2021 – Trex Commercial Products, a leading national provider of architectural railing systems, is about to become part of Olympic history thanks to its involvement in the recent renovation of Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. The renowned University of Oregon facility is set to host this month’s Olympic Track and Field Trials.

“It is truly an honor for our name to be spoken in conjunction with the Olympics,” said Laura Rygielski Preston, president of Trex Commercial Products. “We are proud to be a small part of such a monumental event, and we hope spectators appreciate the unobstructed sightlines and breathtaking views of the surrounding hillside made possible with our railing.”

Home to the University of Oregon’s track and field team for nearly a century, Hayward Field is considered to be among the sport’s most hallowed ground in the U.S. The illustrious facility offers athletes an unparalleled stage to push their limits, while also providing the ultimate fan experience. The newly renovated landmark features a nine-lane track, comfortable seating, robust in-stadium amenities, and facilities for training and sports medicine.

Doubled in capacity from 10,500 to 25,000 seats, the world-class arena still offers an intimate setting positioning spectators on top of the action with the first row just mere feet from the outside lane. Fans seated in the upper and lower bowls can cheer on their favorite athletes while enjoying clear views of the field and the breathtaking surrounding scenery, courtesy of Trex Commercial Products’ custom engineered railing. More than 15,000 linear feet of aisle, glass, cable and drink rail are featured throughout the interior and exterior of the arena, complementing the open and airy design of the structure.

“We are extremely proud of the work we put into this project, and we are eager to see fans interact with it as they watch competitors from around the country compete for a chance to represent the United States at the Summer Games in Tokyo,” added Rygielski Preston.

As one of the premier track and field facilities in the world, Hayward Field is not only home to the Oregon Ducks but has also hosted nine NCAA championships, five Olympic Trials and six national championships. In 2022, the World Athletics Championships will be front and center in Eugene – the first time they will have ever been held in the U.S. In addition to its state-of-the-art amenities, the newly renovated landmark features a baton-inspired tower designed to “tell the story of the first 100 years of Oregon track and field,” along with an iconic wood roof that pays homage to the state’s history and forest lands.

About Trex Commercial Products

Trex Commercial Products is a national leader in architectural railings for commercial applications. Since 1990, the company has been committed to elevating the abilities of all people to safely access and enjoy amazing life experiences, while building an industry-leading reputation for quality and customer service. Based in Minneapolis, Trex Commercial Products, Inc. is a subsidiary of Trex Company, Inc. To learn more, visit www.trexcommercial.com.

About Trex Company, Inc.  

Trex Company is the world’s largest manufacturer of high performance wood-alternative decking and railing, with nearly 30 years of product experience. The #1 brand in outdoor living is proud to be to Fortune magazine’s 2020 list of the world’s 100 Fastest-Growing Companies and to Forbes’ 2021 List of America’s Best Mid-Sized Companies. Stocked in more than 6,700 retail locations worldwide, Trex outdoor living products offer a wide range of style options with fewer ongoing maintenance requirements than wood, as well as an environmentally responsible choice. For more information, visit trex.com. You also can follow Trex on Twitter (@Trex_Company), Instagram (@trexcompany) Pinterest (trexcompany), or Houzz (trex-company-inc), “like” Trex on Facebook, or view product and demonstration videos on the brand’s YouTube channel (TheTrexCo).

Trex Commercial Products Expands Aluminum Railing Line with New Infill Options

Premium Glass and Mesh Panels Now Available with Trex Signature Railing

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., May 18, 2021 – Trex Commercial Products, a national leader in architectural railings for commercial applications, has expanded its Trex Signature® aluminum railing line with two new infill options. In addition to traditional picket-style railing, architects and specifiers may now choose mesh or glass panel inserts to create truly distinctive exterior and interior spaces.

“In conjunction with increasing interest in outdoor space across the commercial building arena, we have seen growing demand for sleek, contemporary railing styles,” noted Cindy Albrecht, director of sales and marketing for Trex Commercial Products. “These new infill options not only reflect today’s hottest design trends but also feature all of the durability and low-maintenance qualities that our customers have come to expect from the Trex brand.”

Minimalist Design, Minimal Maintenance

Suitable for both interior and exterior applications, Trex Signature commercial railing combines sophisticated design with the unparalleled strength of premium-grade aluminum. The minimalist styling is unobtrusive and designed to optimize sightlines, making it ideal for staircases, balconies, patios, decks and public walkways.

The new infill options feature one-piece rail designs that can accommodate either 304 Stainless Steel Trex mesh panels or ¼” tempered glass panes, affording greater design flexibility. Sections can be installed with a continuously graspable rail for added safety, functionality and a sleek, streamlined aesthetic.

“The versatility of Trex Signature makes it well suited for a wide range of applications from multi-family residential to high-rise office buildings, restaurants and retail complexes,” said Albrecht. “Equal parts form and function, this railing collection delivers the durability and low-maintenance qualities that developers and property managers seek, with a visually appealing, modern aesthetic.”

Trex Signature railing is available in three neutral colors – Charcoal Black, Bronze and Classic White. Durable powder coating allows the railings to resist corrosion and retain their color with very little maintenance.

Eco-friendly & Easy to Install

Enhancing its appeal, Trex Signature railing is simple to install. For vertical balusters, pre-assembled panels are available in a variety of stock lengths and have been proven in field testing to reduce assembly time by up to 50%. The system accommodates multiple anchoring options and assembly requires no special tools or tightening. Components can also be easily modified on site to fit field conditions.

“Specifiers and contractors appreciate the simplicity of pre-assembled railings but also want design flexibility,” Albrecht added. “Trex Signature delivers on all counts.”

Backed by a 15-year warranty, Trex Signature railing is manufactured in-house to ensure quality control over each step of the manufacturing process. Furthermore, the aluminum used to manufacture Trex Signature is made from 50% recycled material and is a 100% recyclable, renewable resource, allowing it to contribute to the LEED Recycled Content credit.

About Trex Commercial Products

Trex Commercial Products is a national leader in architectural railings for commercial applications. Since 1990, the company has been committed to elevating the abilities of all people to safely access and enjoy amazing life experiences, while building an industry-leading reputation for quality and customer service. Based in Minneapolis, Trex Commercial Products, Inc. is a subsidiary of Trex Company, Inc. To learn more, visit http://www.trexcommercial.com.

About Trex Company, Inc.  

Trex Company is the world’s largest manufacturer of high performance wood-alternative decking and railing, with nearly 30 years of product experience. The #1 brand in outdoor living is proud to be to Fortune magazine’s 2020 list of the world’s 100 Fastest-Growing Companies and to Forbes’ 2021 List of America’s Best Mid-Sized Companies. Stocked in more than 6,700 retail locations worldwide, Trex outdoor living products offer a wide range of style options with fewer ongoing maintenance requirements than wood, as well as an environmentally responsible choice. For more information, visit trex.com. You also can follow Trex on Twitter (@Trex_Company), Instagram (@trexcompany) Pinterest (trexcompany), or Houzz (trex-company-inc), “like” Trex on Facebook, or view product and demonstration videos on the brand’s YouTube channel (TheTrexCo).

Trex Commercial Products’ Railing “Steels” the Show at Dickies Arena

Custom Architectural Railing Recognized by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC)

MINNEAPOLIS, May 4, 2021 – Joining the ranks of the iconic Gateway Arch in St. Louis and Chicago’s Willis Tower, Dickies Arena in Ft. Worth, Texas, has earned national recognition by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) as one of the year’s most innovative commercial projects. The multi-purpose arena was among just 10 projects from across the country chosen to receive a 2021 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structure Steel (IDEAS2) Award, the steel industry’s top design honor. Earning special recognition by the judges were the architectural railings custom-engineered for the arena by Trex Commercial Products.

The new crown jewel of Ft. Worth, Dickies Arena is a 750,000-square-foot facility featuring more than 14,000 linear feet of custom architectural railing, including picket, cable, guardrail, glass railing and LED handrail. Touted by judges as an “integral and expressive part” of the venue’s design, the railings enhance the accessibility, safety and overall fan experience both inside and outside the arena.

“Dickies is truly a one-of-a-kind facility boasting the latest in design and building innovation,” said Laura Rygielski Preston, president of Trex Commercial Products, a leading national provider of architectural railing systems. “To have our work highlighted by the judges of this prestigious awards program is tremendously rewarding and a testament to our team’s ability to create products that standout while embracing and enhancing the distinct aesthetics of a venue.”

Trex Commercial Products engineered railings, friezes and grillwork panels to complement the stunning art deco architecture of Dickies Arena. Mixing elegance with signature Southwestern flair, iconic prairie motifs are incorporated in the metalwork and guardrails throughout the concourse areas to harmonize with the Texas grass motifs in the floor coverings. Tensiline railing with stainless steel cables is used in front of fan seating areas to optimize sightlines, while Griprail provides a sturdy graspable metal handrail in between aisles. Adding to the upscale décor of the North Club, curved post guardrail with glass panel inserts offers unobstructed views of the action on the field below.

Among the many architectural highlights of Dickies Arena are four spiral staircases in distinctive octagonal, circular and helical designs. The Trex Commercial Products team utilized 3D laser scanning technology to fabricate guardrails to the unique dimensions of each staircase and deliver impressive, European-inspired, floor-to-ceiling views.

Complementing the building’s art deco exterior are bi-color painted guardrails flanking the pedestrian bridge, which connects the arena to the garage. LED handrails on exterior stairs add a touch of modern ambiance to the building while enhancing safety.

“Steel is our go-to material for a high-traffic, 14,000-capacity venue like Dickies Arena because of its durability, flexibility, minimal maintenance and aesthetics,” noted Rygielski Preston. “Because steel is so versatile, we were able to work with the architects to not only realize their design visions, but to bring those visions to life with products that are also durable, sustainable and code-compliant.”

Sponsored by the AISC since 1960, the IDEAS² Award program recognizes projects that illustrate the exciting possibilities of building with structural steel. Past winners include such enduring landmarks as the One World Trade Center in New York, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and Chicago’s Willis Tower. Dickies Arena and all of this year’s IDEAS² Award winners will be featured in the May 2021 issue of Modern Steel Construction magazine.

About Trex Commercial Products

Trex Commercial Products is a national leader in architectural railings for commercial applications. Since 1990, the company has been committed to elevating the abilities of all people to safely access and enjoy amazing life experiences, while building an industry-leading reputation for quality and customer service. Based in Minneapolis, Trex Commercial Products, Inc. is a subsidiary of Trex Company, Inc. To learn more, visit https://www.trexcommercial.com.

About Trex Company, Inc.  

Trex Company is the world’s largest manufacturer of high performance wood-alternative decking and railing, with nearly 30 years of product experience. The #1 brand in outdoor living is proud to be to Fortune magazine’s 2020 list of the world’s 100 Fastest-Growing Companies and to Forbes’ 2021 List of America’s Best Mid-Sized Companies. Stocked in more than 6,700 retail locations worldwide, Trex outdoor living products offer a wide range of style options with fewer ongoing maintenance requirements than wood, as well as a truly environmentally responsible choice. For more information, visit trex.com. You also can follow Trex on Twitter (@Trex_Company), Instagram (@trexcompany) Pinterest (trexcompany), or Houzz (trex-company-inc), “like” Trex on Facebook, or view product and demonstration videos on the brand’s YouTube channel (TheTrexCo).

Get Ultimate Building Protection With Trex Commercial Products’ Smoke Baffle

Draft Curtain System Meets Fire Codes and Protects Against Threats of Smoke

MINNEAPOLIS, March 11, 2021 – In the event of a fire, smoke – the largest cause of fire-related deaths – can travel just as fast as flames, posing major safety risks to a building and its occupants. To provide optimal protection against the spread and impact of smoke, Trex Commercial Products, a leading national provider of architectural railing systems, has introduced a new Smoke Baffle System engineered to serve the safety and aesthetic needs of today’s commercial settings.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more than 100,000 commercial building fires occur each year in the U.S., resulting in thousands of injuries and deaths, along with over $2 billion in damages*. If not properly contained, smoke can lead to reduced visibility, making it difficult for building occupants to identify and follow exit paths. In addition to health and fatality risks, smoke can also cause serious and costly property damage.

A smoke baffle, also known as a “draft curtain,” corrals heat and smoke into curtained areas to prevent the spread and to help facilitate safe building evacuation. A study published in the Journal of Fire Protection Engineering also found that a draft curtain can reduce sprinkler activation time by up to 15%**, allowing for faster sprinkler activation in the event of a fire.

“A smoke control system is critical for the safety of any commercial building to enhance safe exit routes, minimize property damage and save lives,” said Laura Rygielski Preston, president of Trex Commercial Products. “Staying true to our commitment to safety and style, Trex Commercial Products’ new Smoke Baffle System offers the ultimate marriage of form and function and ensures the utmost protection against the spread of smoke.”

Engineered to meet today’s fire codes for commercial buildings, Trex Commercial Products’ Smoke Baffle System is designed to both contain and prevent the spread of smoke along ceilings. The draft curtain utilizes ½” laminated glass held in place by an aluminum glass channel, creating a virtually invisible glass curtain that resists high temperatures.

Available in clear glass or with frosted or digitally printed finishes, this sleek smoke screen is customizable and can be mounted below or flush with a finished ceiling, allowing seamless integration in mezzanine spaces, such as stairways and other open concept areas, to prevent smoke from rising to upper levels.

To learn more about Trex Commercial Products, please visit www.trexcommercial.com.

*https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/statistics/v19i3.pdf

**https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1042391507080813

About Trex Commercial Products

A division of Trex Company, Inc. [NYSE: TREX], Trex Commercial Products is a national leader in architectural railings for commercial applications. Based in Minneapolis, Minn., the company engineers and markets pre-engineered railing systems, aluminum systems and custom railing solution. Since 1990, Trex Commercial Products has built an industry-leading reputation for quality and dedication to customer service and is committed to elevating all people’s abilities to safely access and enjoy amazing life experience. To learn more about Trex Commercial Products, visit www.trexcommercial.com.

About Trex Company, Inc.

Trex Company, Inc. [NYSE: TREX] is the world’s largest manufacturer of high performance wood-alternative decking and railing, with more than 25 years of product experience. The #1 brand in outdoor living is proud to be named one of the 2020 100 Fastest-Growing Companies by Fortune magazine. Stocked in more than 6,700 retail locations worldwide, Trex outdoor living products offer a wide range of style options with fewer ongoing maintenance requirements than wood, as well as a truly environmentally responsible choice. For more information, visit trex.com. You also can follow Trex on Twitter (@Trex_Company), Instagram (@trexcompany), Pinterest (trexcompany) or Houzz (trexcompany-inc), “like” Trex on Facebook (@TrexCompany) or view product and demonstration videos on the brand’s YouTube channel (TheTrexCo).

Trex Commercial Products Brings Fans to Their Feet With Safe Standing Solutions

Customizable systems elevate the fan experience

MINNEAPOLIS, February 4, 2021 – Fittingly timed to coincide with the kickoff of the 2021 Major League Soccer (MLS) season, Trex Commercial Products, a leading national provider of architectural railing systems, has introduced a number of Safe Standing Solutions designed to elevate the fan experience for avid supporters of MLS and other sports. The customizable systems allow fans to safely stand (or sit) and cheer on their favorite teams – and can be integrated into new builds or existing venues to enhance function and versatility.

 

“Major League Soccer is one of the fastest-growing sports in the U.S., attracting a devoted and enthusiastic fan community with its own unique culture and match-day rituals,” explained Laura Rygielski Preston, president of Trex Commercial Products. “One of those traditions is having a dedicated section for the most avid supporters who love to stand and cheer throughout an entire match. Our new safe standing solutions are designed with these spectators in mind, but also offer flexibility to accommodate fans who may need or prefer to sit along with attendees of other types of sporting and special events.”

 

Inspired by the popular standing supporter sections across European “football” stadiums, the Trex Commercial Products engineering team adapted the concept for use in the U.S., introducing the country’s first safe-standing section with integrated seating at the new Banc of California Stadium, home to the Los Angeles Football Club. Based on the success of the project, the company engineered a set of customizable components designed to make this distinctive viewing experience viable for a wider array of venues.

 

Standing Rail™ System

The Standing Rail System utilizes a metal frame with top rail and bottom kick rail, creating a space for supporters to stand during events. The angled frame creates a comfortable lean rail for standing spectators, while also optimizing views and enhancing crowd control by allowing for easy access and movement within the aisles. Additionally, the system can be configured to accommodate drink rail to create a more social gathering area.

 

Seating Rail™ System

The Seating Rail System affords ample room for fans to stand, while also providing integrated seating in two flexible options:

  • Tip Up Seats – This option features individual retractable, tip-up style seats with backrests integrated into the railing frame. The ultra-slim seating profile measures just 13” when folded and 25” from back to seat edge when in use. The all-polymer seating units provide convenient comfort and lock into place when not in use to optimize standing room and traffic flow.
  • Bench Seat – This option comes with fold-down bench seats mounted securely to the metal railing frame. Designed to accommodate several seated spectators, the slim bench profile allows for more than 18” of legroom when in use allowing ample room for standing spectators and easy movement within the section. The sturdy metal frame includes a built-in lean rail for added safety and comfort.

 

Made of commercial-grade aluminum, steel and stainless steel, Trex Commercial Products’ Safe Standing Solutions are available in multiple frame styles, finishes and mounting options. Railing heights are customizable, and systems can be adapted to accommodate steep rakes.

 

“We are all eager for the return of live events,” emphasized Rygielski Preston. “With these versatile solutions, venues both new and old can welcome fans back to an entirely re-imagined and elevated experience.”

 

To learn more about Trex Commercial Products’ Safe Standing Solutions, visit www.trexcommercial.com.

 

About Trex Commercial Products

Trex Commercial Products, based in Minneapolis, Minn., is a national leader in architectural railings for commercial applications. The company engineers and markets pre-engineered railing systems, aluminum systems and custom railing solutions. Trex Commercial Products has built an industry-leading reputation for quality and dedication to customer service since 1990 and is a division of Trex Company, Inc. [NYSE: TREX]. To learn more about Trex Commercial Products, visit www.trexcommercial.com.

 

About Trex Company, Inc.

Trex Company, Inc. [NYSE: TREX] is the world’s largest manufacturer of high performance wood-alternative decking and railing, with more than 25 years of product experience. The #1 brand in outdoor living is proud to be one of the world’s 100 Fastest-Growing Companies according to Fortune magazine, and one of America’s Best Mid-Sized Companies according to Forbes. Stocked in more than 6,700 retail locations worldwide, Trex outdoor living products offer a wide range of style options with fewer ongoing maintenance requirements than wood, as well as a truly environmentally responsible choice. For more information, visit trex.com. You also can follow Trex on Twitter (@Trex_Company), Instagram (@trexcompany), Pinterest (trexcompany) or Houzz (trexcompany-inc), “like” Trex on Facebook (@TrexCompany) or view product and demonstration videos on the brand’s YouTube channel (TheTrexCo).

Trex Commercial Products Captures Top Industry Awards

Architectural railing leader honored for product innovation and engineering excellence

MINNEAPOLIS, December 10, 2020Trex Commercial Products, a leading national provider of architectural railing systems, is ending its 30th anniversary year on a high note. The company’s Ascent® Glass Windscreen has been named one of the most creative and innovative products of the year by the prestigious jury of the 2020 Architecture MasterPrize (AMP) Awards. This honor is the latest in a series of industry accolades presented to Trex Commercial Products, including awards from Architectural Products, Buildings Magazine and FacilitiesNet, along with a coveted spot on The Fabricator’s 2020 Fab40 list as one of the industry’s most influential metal fabricators.

“It is tremendously rewarding to have our work recognized and appreciated, especially by knowledgeable and discriminating industry insiders,” said Laura Rygielski Preston, president of Trex Commercial Products. “The numerous awards we have received this year have been especially meaningful because they reflect the opinions of architects, facility managers and specifiers who rely on our products and services to deliver superior performance and aesthetics for their projects.”

Ascent Windscreen Rises to the Top

Since its introduction, Ascent has captured the attention of the commercial building arena for its original design and industry-exceeding performance. Ideal for rooftops, balconies and more, the glass windscreen system elevates any outdoor environment – from hospitality and high-rise applications to healthcare and educational settings – providing style and safety with unparalleled wind protection and unobstructed views.

After being lauded the “Best Product System of 2019” by Glass Magazine, Ascent added three new honors to its growing list of accolades in 2020, including:

  • Architecture MasterPrize: Selected from more than 1,500 entries from around the globe, Ascent earned recognition as one of the best products of the year by this highly-respected program, which celebrates creativity and innovation in the fields of architecture and design. The full list of winners can be found on the AMP website.
  • Architectural Products’ Product Innovation Award: This decade-long program hosted by Architectural Products magazine highlights outstanding new products in the building and design industry. This year, Ascent was honored for its design versatility and functionality. It is featured with other award winners in the magazine’s Nov./Dec. issue.
  • Vision 2020 Award: Presented by FacilitiesNet, the Vision Awards showcase best-in-class products as identified by more than 200,000 facility executives across the country. Ascent received a Vision 2020 Award in the Exterior category for its structural innovation and ability to both literally and figuratively elevate windscreen applications on commercial buildings. Winners are profiled in the December issue of Building Operating Management

Equinox Railing Recognized for Inventive Customizable Design

Trex Commercial Products also earned recognition this year from Buildings magazine for its Equinox® Railing. Recently re-engineered to offer greater customization options, the stainless steel and glass railing system won a Merit Award in the Materials category of the magazine’s Innovative Products Awards. This annual program spotlights manufacturers of building products that support end users in commercial and institutional settings, including education, healthcare, hospitality and more.

Equinox Railing amplifies the best features of glass railing with an assembly that features zero visible fasteners. The system is offered with a choice of stainless steel round, square or rectangle posts. Optional components such as a fixed or pivoting saddle top rail, or post-mounted steel handrail, are also available. Further distinguishing Equinox are its unique stainless steel rod-and-disc assemblies, which attach through the glass panels. The result gives the illusion of a solid system but with the flexibility of individual component selection.

This award-winning product was featured in the Sept./Oct. issue of Buildings magazine and the Oct. issue of Interiors + Sources magazine.

“We are extremely proud and appreciative of these successes,” added Rygielski Preston. “For 30 years, we have built our strong reputation by delivering best-in-class engineering and solutions. These accolades reinforce that commitment and the profile of Trex Commercial Products as an industry leader in the commercial building, architecture and design space.”

For more information about Trex Commercial Products, visit www.trexcommercial.com.

About Trex Commercial Products

Trex Commercial Products, based in Minneapolis, Minn., is a national leader in architectural railings for commercial applications. The company engineers and markets pre-engineered railing systems, aluminum systems and custom railing solutions. Trex Commercial Products has built an industry-leading reputation for quality and dedication to customer service since 1990 and is a division of Trex Company, Inc. [NYSE: TREX]. To learn more about Trex Commercial Products, visit www.trexcommercial.com.

About Trex Company, Inc.

Trex Company, Inc. [NYSE: TREX] is the world’s largest manufacturer of high performance wood-alternative decking and railing, with more than 25 years of product experience. The #1 brand in outdoor living is proud to be named one of the 2020 100 Fastest-Growing Companies by Fortune magazine. Stocked in more than 6,700 retail locations worldwide, Trex outdoor living products offer a wide range of style options with fewer ongoing maintenance requirements than wood, as well as a truly environmentally responsible choice. For more information, visit trex.com. You also can follow Trex on Twitter (@Trex_Company), Instagram (@trexcompany), Pinterest (trexcompany) or Houzz (trexcompany-inc), “like” Trex on Facebook (@TrexCompany) or view product and demonstration videos on the brand’s YouTube channel (TheTrexCo).

Trex Commercial Products Shines as Part of New SoFi Stadium

State-of-the-art Sports and Entertainment Facility Features Nearly 14 Miles of Railing

MINNEAPOLIS, November 30, 2020 – Describing SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif., warrants some superlatives. The largest venue in the NFL, the new home to the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers football teams spans more than 3 million square feet and has a seating capacity of 70,000-plus seats, expandable up to 100,000 for special events. It also marks the biggest commercial railing project ever undertaken by Trex Commercial Products, which custom designed and engineered an unprecedented 73,000 linear feet of railing for the facility.

“The sheer size of this project was unlike anything we have taken on before,” said Laura Rygielski Preston, president of Trex Commercial Products, a leading national provider of architectural railing systems. “In total, our team designed, developed and deployed the equivalent of 14 miles of railing, featuring nine different styles in 125 different configurations.”

Trex Commercial Products’ railing can be found both inside and outside the stadium, from the seating bowl and suites to the concourse and vomitorium areas, as well as the monument stairs and canyons on each side of the facility. Cable, glass, aisle and cane rail in sleek, sturdy aluminum complement the stadium’s contemporary architecture, while drink rails add convenient function to VIP, ADA and standing spectator areas.

For the install, more than 1,500 pallets of railing material were sent to the job site – an average of 2-3 pallets per day over 20 months. Upon completion, the stadium’s railing elements commanded more than 10,000 design hours, 13,000 production hours and a continuous crew of between 20-40 installers.

A distinguishing aspect of this project is the strategic integration of LED lighted rail. More than 5,000 linear feet of multi-line LED Aisle Rail add safety and ambiance to the massive seating bowl area. Combined with 3,000 linear feet of LED Site Rail, SoFi Stadium features the most LED railing Trex Commercial Products has used in any project.

“The lighted rail really enhances and elevates the sophistication of the stadium,” noted Rygielski Preston. “It’s visually stunning, especially at night. We can’t wait for fans to see it once live attendance resumes.”

SoFi Stadium opened in September 2020 and is an unparalleled sports and entertainment destination. The state-of-the-art facility is slated to host a variety of high-profile events, including Super Bowl LVI in 2022, the College Football Championship Game in 2023, and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Olympic Games in 2028. The stadium is the centerpiece of Hollywood Park, a near 300-acre mixed-use development, which will feature retail, commercial office space, a hotel, residential units and outdoor park spaces.

To learn more about SoFi Stadium, visit www.sofistadium.com. For more information about Trex Commercial Products, visit www.trexcommercial.com.

About Trex Commercial Products

Trex Commercial Products, based in Minneapolis, Minn., is a national leader in architectural railings for commercial applications. The company engineers and markets pre-engineered railing systems, aluminum systems and custom railing solutions. Trex Commercial Products has built an industry-leading reputation for quality and dedication to customer service since 1990. To learn more about Trex Commercial Products, visit www.trexcommercial.com.

About Trex Company, Inc.

Trex Company, Inc. [NYSE: TREX] is the world’s largest manufacturer of high performance wood-alternative decking and railing, with more than 25 years of product experience. Stocked in more than 6,700 retail locations worldwide, Trex outdoor living products offer a wide range of style options with fewer ongoing maintenance requirements than wood, as well as a truly environmentally responsible choice. For more information, visit trex.com. You also can follow Trex on Twitter (@Trex_Company), Instagram (@trexcompany), Pinterest (trexcompany) or Houzz (trexcompany-inc), “like” Trex on Facebook or view product and demonstration videos on the brand’s YouTube channel (TheTrexCo).