SC Railing Co. provided USGlass Magazine with thoughts about the new International Code Council’s requirement of laminated glass for glass railing systems in certain applications. Featured images of our work at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, Levi’s Stadium and Park Nicollet Clinic demonstrate our highly engineered railing systems, and how we currently utilize laminated glass in many of our projects.
Below are a few excerpts from the article. The full article can be found in the January 2015 edition of USGlass Magazine (cover story – starts on page 28).
• “Dan Stachel, vice president of SC Railing in Minneapolis, says his company builds a lot of custom projects, ones he describes as highly engineered. “They are more of a system and are larger and more expensive in nature [compared to some others] so we were already using a lot of laminated glass,” he says. “For us it’s not as significant of a change and has not been as dramatic a shift.” He adds, “The highly engineered systems are about overall performance and less about cost; commodity systems provide the bare minimum.”
• “Stachel also has some quality concerns. “In terms of laminated glass, [the change] will require a more qualified fabricator; the glass quality will become more and important,” he says. “From a cost standpoint, the way handrails are affixed can add two to three times more to the cost when you’re putting a hole in laminated glass compared to tempered glass.” He adds, “As we shift into the use of more laminated glass there is a broad spectrum of performance levels these interlayers can provide. Failing to understand the complexities of laminated glass may push out some [companies that] are importing and not doing their own engineering.” Likewise, Stachel says more thought will need to go into the upfront design process, because “the exposed laminated glass edges are going to see increased scrutiny and that will be important and might lead to more picture framing in the glass where it’s totally captured rather than longer runs of exposed edges.””
• “Stachel adds that general contractors will also need to be informed and educated on the changes “to make sure the bids are reviewed on an apples-to-apples basis. For example, ASTM has said what is acceptable in terms of ‘mismatch,’ but will that be consistent with what the architect expects [aesthetically] for the finished product? [As suppliers] we have to buy product that industry (ASTM) says is acceptable in terms of quality, but I don’t know if the architect will agree.””
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