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Transparent Lab Walls Enhance Collaboration, Safety
Volume V, Newsletter 1 February 2013


Our Safe Glass for Schools newsletter provides up-to-date information on school building trends, codes and innovatiive use of fire rated glass. Go to Safe Glass for Schools to review past articles and newsletters, and to learn more about using fire rated glass in schools.

In this issue, we explore the growing trend toward transparent, open, social and flexible science and medical labs. Today's labs are above ground with open floor plans and informal gathering areas. These new "social" buildings promote collaboration, sustainability and safety.



In This Issue
Transparent Science Labs
Case Study: JSNN Greensboro
Examples of Glass Lab Walls

Current College Construction
ICC or AIA Code Classes
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Collaboration Needs Revolutionize Lab Design
Clark Center, Stanford
Modern science is a social activity. Multi-discplinary teams work to solve important challenge. It is not uncommon to find biologists, engineers, computer scientists, chemists, medical doctors and others working side-by-side to develop new health therapies, medical devices, agricultural or industrial products or energy solutions.

The design of today's science and medical labs work to facilitate collaboration. New labs are above ground and use transparent walls instead of solid walls to separate lab, office and conference spaces. Atriums, courtyards, exterior corridors and staircases become places for scientists to gather. Not only do these open labs promote collaboration, but they enhance sustainability, increase fire safety and often lead to cost savingsRead more...

Glass Walls That Meet ASTM E-119 Wall Standards
Central Carolina Technical College
What happens when there's a need to add glazing and transparency to areas that require a 1 or 2 hour wall rating?  That's when and where fire resistive glazing that meets ASTM E-119 up to 2 hours becomes invaluable.

SuperLite II-XL is a clear, fire resistive glazing product that meets ASTM E-119 for up to 2 hours. When used with an equally rated fire resistive framing system, such as SAFTIfireâ„¢ GPX, it provides floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall design flexibility with unsurpassed clarity and sound reduction. See examples where designers have installed fire resistive glazing in science labs to increase collaboration, sustainability and safety.  Read more...

Case Study: Nanobioelectronics Clean Room at JSNN
JSNN clean room
The nanobioelectronics clean room in the new 105,000 sf Joint School of Nanoscience & Nanoengineering in Greensboro, North Carolina, uses SuperLite II-XL 60 in GPX Frames for 60-min transparent walls. The transparent walls block flames, heat and smoke, provide safe egress through the corridor and allow first responders to visually assess emergencies. Read more...