Project: Georgia State University Delta Student Success Center
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Architect: Cooper Carry
Our team assisted on a challenging project with the addition of a cantilevered stair between the 11th and 12th floor in the open atrium of a 20-floor building originally designed in 1979, at 55 Park Place. Redefining conventional guardrail designs by integrating cutting-edge technology and aesthetics, transforming ordinary structures into extraordinary works of art. One such innovation that has gained prominence in recent years is the use of integrated LED lights in handrails. This revolutionary approach not only serves practical purposes but also adds a touch of modernity and elegance to various spaces. The result is a series of custom painted perforated metal panels creating guardrails seamlessly enhanced with stainless steel handrails and integrated linear LED lighting to accent the railing and stair surfaces. This project not only prioritizes safety and durability but also introduces a visually appealing element.
The project posed many interesting obstacles to overcome, meeting current building codes and structural requirements railings with a building designed 40 years prior. The high-rise was to remain in-use by its many tenants during the renovation, with the only access thru a small service elevator. This required the railings to be strategically spliced for site conditions and reassembly on site. The rails were custom fabricated and welded per ASTM and AWS standards to meet the dedicated structural design. Shop and field welds were ground to NOMMA finish joint #1 guidelines before the final painted finish was applied to the guardrails. The #4 (180 grit) architectural circumferential brushed satin was then hand applied to the stainless steel.
The primary goal was to develop guardrails that provide superior safety features. The use of 12 gauge perforated metal with 3/8” diameter holes providing a 40% open pattern ensures structural integrity while the integration of LED lights enhances visibility and accents design elements. Ensuring that railings seamlessly blend into various architectural styles while maintaining their core safety functionality.
The integrated linear IES classification LED lights are designed with energy efficiency in mind. Using advanced lighting technology, the system minimizes power consumption while maximizing luminosity, contributing to sustainable and eco-friendly development. LED technology provides a wide range of customization options, allowing for the creation of unique lighting designs tailored to specific preferences and requirements. A 3500K warm white light with a matte lens and 70-degree beam providing a soft light for the walking surface. The LED lights are seamlessly integrated into the handrails, offering consistent and efficient illumination. The lights are strategically placed to optimize visibility while maintaining an unobtrusive appearance during daylight hours.
The integration of custom LED lighting represents a significant leap forward in the evolution of means of egress infrastructure, providing a practical yet visually appealing solution for their safety needs maintaining a harmonious blend of functionality and aesthetics. This project serves as a testament to our commitment to innovation and sustainable design as architects and designers continue to explore innovative ways to enhance the built environment whether it's for safety, visual appeal, or energy efficiency.
Tri Tech was started in our Austell, Georgia location in September of 1977. Initially the primary product was aluminum pipe rails, but as customer requirements and building codes evolved, Tri Tech increased their product lines. Today Tri Tech has many product lines and can custom build product to any specification as well as from a variety of materials.