The Challenges

For the renovation of University of Toronto’s Ramsay Wright Teaching labs into a state-of-the-art facility, Dialog Design worked to provide students and faculty with improved life safety protection. Updating the 1925-era facility’s fire-rated doors was an important component of the project.
Fire-rated doors and windows have advanced significantly in the decades since Ramsay Wright Teaching labs was first built. Materials like steel and wired fire-rated glass are no longer the only options available for use in doors and windows designated to meet fire and life safety building codes. For example, clear and wireless fire-rated glazing can now defend against fire and provide impact resistance for high traffic areas, without restricting visibility and light transfer.
To provide fire-rated doors with updated functionality in Ramsay Wright Teaching labs, the design team selected FireLite® NT ceramic glass. FireLite NT is strong, able to withstand the high heat of structural fires for up to three hours and resists shattering when cool water from fire sprinklers or fire hoses strikes the hot glass during a fire. It also meets the CPSC 16CFR 1201 (Category II) safety-glazing classification to provide the highest level of required impact safety. As such, the ceramic glass can withstand a force comparable to the impact of a full-grown, fast-moving adult.
Manufactured using TGP’s ultraHD® Technology, FireLite NT features a clear and nearly colorless surface to better resemble the look of ordinary window glass and visually integrate with the school’s non-fire-rated windows and doors. It also allows the doors to draw daylight into interior spaces, while protecting students and staff from the threat of fire.

Project Description

Client:Varcon Construction Corp.
Location:25 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON
Year Completed:In Progress
Architect:Dialog Design