Specifying Metal Railing Systems
Please join us for this AIA accredited presentation, which counts for CEU as well as HSW learning continuing education units.
Ron Crebo, VP Sales and Marketing of Hollaender Mfg, a Cincinnati based firm, will give this presentation. Ron has a B SC in Civil Engineering from the University of Alberta ( Edmonton, Canada) and an MBA from University of Cincinnati.
Metal railing systems, at least in the US, are largely provided by local metal fabricators. With the advent of "delegated design", architects are increasingly looking to manufacturers with the engineering experience to provide railing systems that meet all codes, and provide the entire system including anchors and anchor design.
When one considers that current IBC code calls for railing that will meet a structural load of 50 lb per linear foot ( to simulate a group of people crowding against a railing that may be 20 stories in the air), it becomes apparent that proper engineering is as important as the aesthetic of the railing.
In the Gulf area, as in the southern coastal areas of the US ( Florida, Gulf of Mexico, etc) another key criteria is corrosion resistance.
Hollaender's Speed Rail ® component railing systems have been specified for many years by the US Army Corps of Engineers for all locks and dams in the US, and were used extensively by NASA at the shuttle launch facility in Cape Canaveral. Another major industrial served market is the water and waste water treatment industry.The intense engineering required by these entities has helped Hollaender move into the architectural (decorative) railing market.
Subject matter will include comparisons of the major metals used in railing systems, coatings and finishes , IBC codes including changes from 2006 to 2009, anchoring, and infill panel systems.