Glazing provides protection and preservation for Engine Company 239

Photos by Technical Glass Products, Snoqualmie, Wash.

The basics: Recognizing the need to modernize Brooklyn's Engine Company 239 fire station to meet the fire-fighting requirements of the 21st century, the New York City Department of Design and Construction hired Beyhan Karahan & Associates of New York City to renovate the long-standing building, while preserving its historic character. One challenge the architects faced was how to provide adequate fire and life safety protection between the main staircase and the apparatus area where the fire trucks are housed, as well as between the main staircase and the upper floors where the firefighters live. The architects aimed to keep the main staircase open as in the original house, and to maintain visibility around the building's fire poles, while meeting strict fire and life safety codes. Fire-rated glazing provided the solution.

The players: Beyhan Karahan Architects & Associates, New York City; glazing contractor, Gallery Glass & Architectural Metals Corp., Holbrook, N.Y.; framing and glass supplier, Technical Glass Products, Snoqualmie, Wash.

The glass and systems: Pilkington Pyrostop glass and 120-minute Fireframes Heat Barrier Series fire-rated frames with Heat Barrier Series fire-rated glass doors. The glazing system is fire-rated for up to two hours and meets the impact safety requirements of CPSC 16CFR1201 Category I and II.