To satisfy fire and life safety codes and help illuminate the infill, the design team used a fire-rated glass floor system developed by Technical Glass Products (TGP). The Fireframes ClearFloor® System consists of two-hour fire-rated Pilkington Pyrostop® heat barrier glass; a tempered, laminated walking surface glass; and a steel framing grid. It is fire-rated for two hours and provides a barrier to flames and smoke, as well as radiant and conductive heat. During a fire, this capability ensures the glass floor system’s surface remains cool enough for individuals to walk across for the duration of its two-hour fire rating.
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