HBM Architects select Optik™ Shoe for Public Library

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Amherst Public Library was established over a century ago to provide information and services to residents of the Amherst School District. The library programs emphasize public participation, outreach, and partnership with cultural and educational organizations. Optik™ Shoe glass railings from HDI proved to be the ideal choice for safety and aesthetics during the library’s $5.8 million renovation.

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Railing System: Optik Shoe™
Location: Amherst, OH
Architect: HBM Architects
Contractor:  Lorain Glass

To create a system that serves as both a stair railing and rooftop deck guard rail at Amherst Public Library, HBM Architects looked to Optik™ Shoe with tempered glass infill. Optik™ Shoe embodies both strength and style, melding the elegance of laminated glass with stainless steel to create a striking staircase.

Optik™ Shoe install ascending staircase

Simple, unobtrusive design

With a patented disc lock system, a stainless steel channel secures glass panels in place, providing an uninterrupted appearance. The Optik Shoe system is designed to offer users an unobtrusive look by giving the appearance of a floating glass system.

When it comes to durability and compliance, exterior installations have unique requirements. Optik™ railings on the library’s roof top deck are made of 316-grade stainless steel, an ideal material for outdoor applications. You don’t have to limit your railing vision by excluding glass infill for rooftop railing solutions.

Optik™ Shoe install on rooftop deck

For the roof deck of the Amherst Public Library, laminated glass panels provided unobstructed views while meeting durability requirements. The final result is a low-maintenance, highly durable, and aesthetically appealing infill that meets all the project specifications.

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Their newly renovated and expanded facility allows Amherst Public Library to provide more services and fulfill their long-term objectives. Innovative solutions are often necessary when choosing materials, designs, and styles for library applications. Installation timeframes can be managed and simplified with HDI’s pre-engineered railing systems. Most importantly, HDI designs have a show-stopping effect when incorporated into a contemporary setting.

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