California Hospital Makes Patient Safety and Privacy a Top Priority

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Glendale Adventist Medical Center (GAMC) uses integrated louvers with fire-rated safety glass for new patient rooms

Ensuring privacy and safety in hospitals

Architects Perkins Eastman had stringent fire-safety requirements for the project and needed a solution for visual privacy controls on interior windows and doors that would be hygienic, adjustable and easy-to-operate.

Unicel Architectural and Technical Glass Products (TGP) announced the installation of a solution that combines Unicel’s Vision Control® integrated louvers with TGP’s fire-resistant Pilkington Pyrostop® glazing to help ensure patient safety and privacy as part of the Glendale Adventist Medical Center’s (GAMC) West Tower III construction project. The GAMC’s new 35,000 square foot West Tower III includes seven stories for expanded patient care and offers the latest in patient technology, techniques, comfort, convenience and safety.

“Architects Perkins Eastman had stringent fire-safety requirements for the project and needed a solution for visual privacy controls on interior windows and doors that would be hygienic, adjustable and easy-to-operate,” said Jean-François Couturier, CEO of Unicel Architectural. “They selected Vision Control® integrated louvers combined with fire-resistant Pilkington Pyrostop® glazing to give GAMC patients the peace of mind that comes with knowing that their privacy solution is protected by glazing with industry leading fire-resistance capabilities.”

A total of 40 Pilkington Pyrostop®/Vision Control® units with double crank handles were installed in interior locations using 45-minute fire-resistance-rated glazing on both sides of the units. The combined Vision Control® and Pilkington Pyrostop® glazing assembly has been UL fire-rated by Underwriters Laboratories,® Inc. for doors, windows, transoms and sidelights.

The GAMC Tower lll opened in January 2012.The Glendale Adventist Medical Center (GAMC) in Glendale, California, is part of the Adventist Health not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system.

For more information on the GAMC West Tower III project, visit: http://www.unicelarchitectural.com

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, BIM 3D models and rapid-response quoting. For more information about TGP’s products and services, call (800) 426-0279 or visit http://www.fireglass.com (fire-rated glass) or http://www.tgpamerica.com (architectural glass).

About Unicel Architectural

For over 45 years, Unicel Architectural has built a reputation for the most advanced aluminum and glass solutions. These solutions encompass louvered glazing, skylights and more, to enhance major global construction initiatives with utmost quality and reliability. With its proprietary technology, Unicel’s award-winning Vision Control® delivers unprecedented comfort and control of vision, light, temperature and sound with a patented combination of louvers between glass that are hermetically sealed and cordless. Unicel’s solutions are guaranteed for longevity, optimized for energy efficiency, and customizable to any design, environmental or cultural requirements. Unicel combines its market leading know-how with great design to ensure optimal aesthetics and sustainable performance. For more information visit: http://www.unicelarchitectural.com

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