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Design Options with Advanced Fire Resistive Framing

Aside from offering superior performance to traditional hollow metal framing, today’s advanced fire resistive framing products offer tremendous design flexibility to help fulfill the architect’s design intent while still meeting code requirements. Here are some examples.

Design Continuity

Fire resistive framing systems such as SAFTI FIRST’s GPX Framing System offers sharp, clean edges that mimic the look of a traditional storefront. This way, the fire rated assembles are able to match the look and sight lines of adjacent non-rated assemblies.

Hidden in plain sight:  fire rated assemblies blend seamlessly with non-rated systems for a seamless look and feel.

Hidden in plain sight: fire rated assemblies blend seamlessly with non-rated systems for a seamless look and feel.

Multiple Finishes

Typically, hollow metal frames can only come with a painted finish. GPX Framing is available in virtually any architectural finish without affecting the system’s fire rated properties. Options include anodized, painted, wood veneer, ornamental metal, stainless steel, and more.

2-hour stairwell, Reid Hospital, Indiana

GPX Framing with clear anodized finish (left) and GPX Framing with wood veneer finish (right).

University of California, Hastings Law School, San Francisco, California   Brass clad door frames

GPX Framing with painted finish (left) and GPX Framing with brass-clad finish (right).

Stainless steel finish

 

 GPX Framing with stainless steel finish (left).

 

 

 

 

 

SAFTI’s CW Framing System meets ASTM E-119 up to 2 hours and successfully passed dynamic curtain wall testing

SAFTI’s CW Framing System meets ASTM E-119 up to 2 hours and successfully passed dynamic curtain wall testing

Curtain Wall Performance

When fire rated glass and framing systems are used as part of the building envelope, the system not only acts as a fire barrier, but must meet curtain wall performance. SAFTI’s 2-hour CW Framing System successfully passed dynamic curtain wall testing prescribed by Curtain wall Design and Construction (CDC), a leading independent firm providing a wide range of building envelope design, engineering, and consulting services to design professionals nationwide.

The CW Framing system’s documented performance shows its ability to prevent air and water infiltration under non-static conditions, such as wind load or moving live loads that meets or exceeds the performance of curtain wall systems offered by other leading U.S. manufacturers. Click here for the story.

Beyond Fire Rated Performance

In addition to protecting against fire, SAFTI’s fire rated framing systems can also protect against ballistic attack, blast and hurricane forces. Also, the CW framing system is thermally broken, making it a natural selection for exterior fire resistive applications in places that experience extreme weather like the Northeast.

Ballistic 8 framing   Hurricane-rated exterior glazing, Las Olas Beach Club, Ft. Lauderdale
GPX Framing has a Level 8 Ballistic Rating per UL 752 (left). The SAFTIfire Hurricane system meets ASTM E-119 up to 2 hours  and TAS 201/203/203 (right).

Weill Cornell Medical College

The thermally broken CW Framing system fits exterior fire resistive applications in places that experience extreme weather like the Northeast.

90-degree Corners

From a design standpoint, a 90-degree corner is can be an architectural feature or statement. It offers design options in lieu of a straight wall in a single plane, giving architects flexible product options in their design depending in a particular assembly. The GPX Frame’s 90-degree corner is extruded (instead of a break shape), providing clean, crisp, sharp features that is available in any finish.

90-degree corner with SuperLite II-XL 60 in GPX Framing at UC Davis Medical Center

90-degree corner with SuperLite II-XL 60 in GPX Framing at UC Davis Medical Center

To view more installations of SAFTI FIRST’s fire rated glass and systems, check out our updated Project Gallery.

 

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