ProjectSpotlight: INTERIOR GLASS
Glass Lets the Sun Shine in
Nashville’s 21C Museum Hotel
ribbon-cutting in May signaled
the opening of 21C Museum
Hotel in Nashville, Tenn., one of
eight 21C Museum hotels in the coun-
try. Located in a building more than
00 years old, the museum hotel is
just that; both a museum with 10,500
square feet of new and contemporary
art exhibition, and a boutique hotel
that has 124 guest rooms with its own
interpretations of the traditional ac-
commodations, as well as a restaurant
to match it all.
And, as with many large hotels, it of-
fers meeting and event space.
1C Nashville is the hotel chain’s
fourth collaboration with Pitts-
burgh-based executive architect Per-
ﬁdo Weiskopf Wagstaff and Goettel.
This particular museum and meeting
space has a second-story glass ﬂoor
that also acts as a light well. The total
area for the design feature was 240
square feet, divided into two areas,
each 12 by 10 feet and expected to
carry a 100-pounds-per-square-foot
Project: 21C Museum Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.
Architect: Perﬁdo Weiskopf Wagstaff and Goettel
Glazier: Wall Brothers Glass LLC
psf) load. And, it had to comply with
ﬁre-rated code requirements, neces-
sitating the glass ﬂoor to meet a one-
hour ﬁre-resistive rating. On top of all
of that, it had to be affordable.
Product: GPX FireFloor System by SAFTI FIRST
Application: 60 minute ﬁre-resistive ﬂoor
When SaftiFirst came on board the compassing non-slip rated Starph1ire steel framing grid is installed, unlike
project, the original design had 30 lites tempered laminated glass with some ﬁre-resistive ﬂoor systems that
of 2-by-2-foot individual glass panels inch non-skid white dots from Old- require two separate installations for
in each area. The company’s sales and castle BuildingEnvelope®, insulated to the glazing, which reduced labor costs
engineering teams proposed a design custom SuperLite II-XL ﬁre-resistive and time. It also eliminates condensa-
comprising four lites of 6-by-5-foot glazing. The white dots on the walk- tion that may occur when the walkable
individual glass panels for each area ing surface also obscure views of those surface is separate from the ﬁre-resis-
that still met the required 100-psf load. on the ﬁrst ﬂoor who might look up tive glass.
Using larger glass sizes reduced the cost through the glass, while still allowing
The overall glazing thickness was
of the system as well as the ﬁeld labor light from the second ﬂoor to pass 4 1
16-inches, and the architect went
with a statuary brown ﬁnish framing.
Because the GPX FireFloor system Both the glass units and structural steel
to install, and it was this design that be- through, as required by the architect.
came the ﬁnal look for the project.
The company supplied a GPX Fire- includes a single glass unit, it can be framing grid were manufactured by
Floor System single glass unit en- loaded from the top once the structural SaftiFirst at its Merced,Calif.,facility. n
USGlass, Metal & Glazing | July 2017