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Fireframes® Aluminum Series Provides a Modern Fire-Rated Alternative to Traditional Aluminum Framing

Fireframes Aluminum Series,
Art Institute of Chicago Modern Wing
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SNOQUALMIE, Wash., June 18, 2009 - Design professionals now have an attractive, modern alternative to traditional aluminum hollow metal frames for fire-rated applications - the Fireframes® Aluminum Series from Technical Glass Products (TGP). The frames incorporate precision engineering to create narrow profiles, crisp sightlines and full-lite doors. Further enhancing design flexibility, custom extrusions are available and the frames can be finish painted at the factory to match nearly any desired color scheme.

The cutting-edge system combines aluminum frames and doors with Pilkington Pyrostop® glass to provide a barrier to radiant and conductive heat transfer, allowing unlimited areas of glazing in fire separations. Listed by Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.®, the Fireframes Aluminum Series carries 60-minute fire-ratings as a wall assembly, and may incorporate 20-, 45-, or 60-minute ratings for doors.

Given the aesthetic and performance characteristics of the Fireframes Aluminum Series, the project architects incorporated the product in the Art Institute of Chicago's new Modern Wing. The system helps the museum to maintain clear lines of sight throughout interior spaces and allows natural light to penetrate deep into the building. It also smoothly integrates the renovated wing with its historic counterparts, while meeting fire and life safety codes.

About Technical Glass Products

Technical Glass Products (TGP) is your one source for fire-rated glass and framing systems, along with specialty architectural glass products. The company offers AIA-registered continuing education, project consultation, product specifications, CAD drawings and rapid-response quoting. For more information about TGP's products and services, call (800) 426-0279 or visit (fire-rated glass) or (architectural glass).

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