Glazing Protects History

Nov. 1, 2005

The University of Virginia Special Collections Library, Charlottesville, VA, had a dilemma; how do you protect valuable art or irreplaceable historical documents? The university had a short timeframe to answer this question when the opportunity to exhibit a touring collection of Thomas Jefferson’s papers mandated the university provide adequate passive fire protection.

The solution was SAFTI FIRST’s SuperLite II-XL 90-minute glazing with its GlassProtex™GPX Architectural Framing. It was installed in front of the standard glazing already in place. In order to have both openings match, SAFTI FIRST™custom-manufactured the framing for the fire-resistive window and the existing window. From the initial order to installation, the project was completed within 2 weeks, in time for the historical papers to arrive and be put on display for 6 months.

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