Nystrom products are specified by some of the world’s leading architecture and design firms on projects that range from athletic stadiums to performing art centers. We are proud to showcase a number of high-profile projects that utilized some of our products.
RIYADH METRO Saudi Arabia
Nystrom was proud to supply a wide range of materials for the Riyadh Metro, a rapid transit system in Saudi Arabia consisting of six metro lines with 85 stations. Roof Hatches provided safe access to roofs, while Roof Top Smoke Vents were used that automatically open to release heat, smoke, and noxious fumes in the event of a fire emergency, as required by International Building Codes. Nystrom Access Doors were incorporated into the design providing access to mechanical, electrical and plumbing fixtures behind walls. The product’s flexible manufacturing takes the hassle out of custom sizing, materials and colors. Entrance grilles were used to improve Interior Environmental Quality by stopping dirt from entering the building, improving Interior chemical and pollutant source control. All of our Nystrom products work individually performing their respective jobs, but also in tandem helping to meet overall codes and provide a safe, functional and aesthetic environment for citizens taking advantage of this metro system.
FIFA WORLD CUP 2022 AL BAYT STADIUM Al Knor, Qatar
Qatar’s Al Bayt Stadium will host the FIFA World Cup in 2022. This state-of-the-art structure received sustainability certificates of green design, construction management and energy efficiency. Al Bayt Stadium features Nystrom Fire Rated Access Doors, Fire Rated Floor Hatches and Roof Hatches. The I-series Insulated Access Doors provide access through openings in fire-rated walls and ceilings, while Nystrom Roof Hatches provide safe and convenient access to commercial building roof areas using interior ladders and stairs. Nystrom’s powder coat finish provides the ultimate in corrosion resistance and outstanding exterior durability.
NASA LRC MEASUREMENT SYSTEMS LABORATORY Hampton, VA
The new NASA Measurement Systems Lab brings together multiple research and engineering groups to improve the time required for projects to move from idea to completion. Meeting the new timelines requires intense collaboration and heavy foot traffic on the building stairwells. The architect specified Nystrom Two-Part Ribbed Bar Stair Treads with EcoTread for the concrete stairs to prevent slips and falls. Nystrom’s Two-Part Ribbed Abrasive Stair Nosing is designed to save stair treads during the construction phase. The product’s sub-channel and plywood inserts are installed while the building is under construction. When the building is near completion, the temporary plywood tread is replaced with the final install of the abrasive anti-slip safety material. The stair treads are made of a unique recycled material that offers benefits beyond safety. In addition to its anti-slip properties, Nystrom Stair Treads features continuous color and an optional vision line. The treads are Title 24 compliant and come in nine color options.
UCSF MEDICAL BUILDING San Francisco, CA
The University of California, San Francisco Medical Center is a research and teaching hospital in San Francisco, California, and is the medical center of the University of California, San Francisco. Nystrom Access Doors and Floor Doors were utilized in this project to provide easy access to mechanical, electrical and plumbing fixtures behind walls and to provide access below ground between building floors. Our flexible manufacturing takes the hassle out of custom sizing, materials, and colors.
TARGET FIELD Minneapolis, MN
Located in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, Target Field is the home ballpark of the Minnesota Twins, the state’s Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise. Nystrom Expansion Joints were used in the construction of this facility to solve a variety of expansion joint challenges. Sizes, materials and color finishes were customized to meet the design aesthetic of the popular sports venue.
NOKIA THEATER Los Angeles, CA
Named the Nokia Theater when it was constructed (now called the Microsoft Theater), this famous performance venue is located in downtown Los Angeles, California, at the L.A. Live entertainment complex. The theater auditorium seats 7,100 and holds one of the largest indoor stages in the United States. Nystrom’s Acoustical Smoke Vents were used to block the intrusion of exterior environmental noise. This Nystrom product is specifically designed for performing arts centers and theaters, every detail of which is crafted with skill and precision.
NGONG PING 360 Lantau Island, Hong Kong
The Ngong Ping 306 is a bi-cable gondola lift on Lantau Island, Hong Kong. Owned by MTR Corporation, the operator of Hong Kong’s rail system, it is a major tourist attraction that is connected to a retail and entertainment center adjacent to the cable car’s upper station. Nystrom worked with the builder to supply Roof Hatches for the project providing safe and convenient access to and from roof areas while also mitigating long-term wear due to our ultimate corrosion resistance and outstanding exterior durability.
LAMMA POWER STATION Po Lo Tsui, Lamma Island, Hong Kong
The Lamma Island Power Station is a coal- and gas-fired power station originally built for Hongkong Electric in 1982. Today, it is the second largest coal-fired power station in Hong Kong. Nystrom provided Roof Hatches to the power station during its most recent expansion. The hatches offer safe and convenient access to roof areas across the facility using interior ladders and stairs, and always meet building codes, fire and life safety requirements. Outside, Nystrom’s powder coat finish provides the ultimate corrosion resistance and outstanding exterior durability.
As you can see, Nystrom’s products are a perfect fit for any premier construction project where quality and performance demand the best. For more information on how our products can help you achieve your architectural and design goals, visit nystrom.com
Since 1948, Nystrom has been the go-to manufacturer of specialty building products offering a wide range of floor, roof, wall, ceiling and stair access products that create safer, more accessible buildings. Nystrom is also proud to offer hassle-free services like access to technical experts, REVIT tools for BIM, HPDs for LEED v4, 3-part specifications and AIA continuing education courses.
Nystrom partners with BSD SpecLink, MasterSpec and BIMsmith for specification tools and are proud members of AIA, CSI, IIBEC, LBC, Sustainable Minds, HPD and USGBC. Many Nystrom products meet the following standards: ADA, ASTM, Florida-Approved, FM Approved, IBC, IFC, Intertek Warnock Hersey, Miami-Dade Approved, NFPA, NYCBC, OSHA & UL.
June marked the start of hurricane season that typically includes 12 tropical storms and 6 hurricanes. While Florida is most prone, these damaging and costly storms routinely affect 18 other states, which are listed below. Is your state included? Your building roof is susceptible to hurricane damage.
The information below is a list of costliest Atlantic hurricanes. The most expensive tropical cyclone on record in the Atlantic is held jointly by hurricanes Katrina and Harvey, both of which resulted in approximately $125 billion in property damage during the year they occurred. A majority of the costliest Atlantic hurricanes in recorded history have peaked as major hurricanes. However, weaker tropical storms can still cause widespread damage. Tropical storms Alberto in 1994, Allison in 2001, Lee in 2011 and Imelda in 2019 caused more than a billion dollars in damage. Wind damage encompasses a large portion of storm damage as well, evidenced by Andrew, Irma and Michael.
Hurricane Andrew Leads to Code Changes
Due to the destructive, wide-sweeping damage of Hurricane Andrew, Floridians took a hard look at why their buildings failed. In 1996, the Florida Building Codes Study Commission was created. During their 16-month study, the commission found a complex and confusing patchwork of codes and regulations that had been developed, amended, administered and enforced differently by more than 400 local jurisdictions and state agencies with building code responsibilities. In the case of Hurricane Andrew, the problem was not weakness in the codes themselves that contributed to the extensive storm damage. Rather, it was the inability to enforce and comply with the confusing system of multiple codes and administrative processes. It had become clear that Florida needed a single, statewide building code system.
Building Products Impact
Due to these improvements to the building codes, manufacturers that sell into Florida must obtain approval through the Florida Product Approval process or the Miami-Dade County Notice of Acceptance. To be certified, manufacturers must pass these High Velocity Hurricane Zones test protocols:
TAS 201-94 – Impact Test. During this test several 8-foot-long 2 by 4’s are shot from an air cannon to simulate large missile impact on strategic points on the product.
TAS 202-94 – (Static) Air Pressure & Water Penetration Test. This test is designed to test structural overload with both positive and negative pressure. The testing of the design is performed at +/- 50%, +/- 100% and finally +/- 150% of static air. Additionally, a stream of water is blasted at the product at 15% of the testing load. To pass, the product must withstand these static forces, with no failure, for 30 seconds.
TAS 203-94 – Cyclic Wind Pressure Loading Test. This is a pulsating series assessment designed to test wind pressure loading. During this test there are 671 – 1 to 3 second cycles at 50%, + 50% and 120% of the testing load.
Experts recommend specifying hurricane-tested roof hatches that are both Florida Product Approved and Miami-Dade Notice of Acceptance (NOA) products – not only in Florida, but in all hurricane-affected regions throughout the US.
Since 1948 Nystrom has been the go-to manufacturer of specialty building products offering a wide range of floor, roof, wall, ceiling and stair access products that create safer, more accessible buildings. Nystrom is also proud to offer hassle-free services like access to technical experts, REVIT tools for BIM, HPDs for LEED v4, 3-part specifications and AIA continuing education courses.
Nystrom is now stocking it’s most popular GFR Concealed Drop-In Access Door in several local markets. Included in this offering are radius corner, drop-in for ceiling applications in 12” x 12”, 16” x 16”*, 18” x 18” and 24” x 24” sizes. These panels are available for pick-up or next day delivery Continue reading →
Nystrom has extended its Drainable, H20 Floor Door product offering to include large double doors with sizes up to 96 inches by 120 inches. The hatches were designed to meet the installation needs of increasing larger equipment pumps used in water treatment plants and imaging equipment in hospitals. Continue reading →
Nystrom has long been an industry leader in manufacturing roof hatches and smoke vents. Over the past two decades the installation of glazed roof hatches and smoke vents has grown in popularity. This is due in part to green efforts Continue reading →
In most commercial buildings expansion joints are a fact of life. These joints are necessary to accommodate expected building movements due to thermal changes, wind sway and differential movement… https://wp.me/p8nKJR-gg
As early as 1897 the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) has been addressing fire life and safety concerns. Currently, NFPA 80 is the standard for fire doors and other opening protectives. Chapter 16 of NFPA 80 is designated for access doors in both horizontal and vertical applications in fire-rated walls, floors, and floor-ceiling or roof-ceiling assemblies (NFPA, 2019, pg. 36). This article addresses common uses, styles and specification tips for fire-rated floor doors and access doors. Continue reading →
In the event of a fire, a missing, empty or tampered fire extinguisher can lead to catastrophic loss. It is this reason that the installation of fire extinguisher cabinets is necessary. Fire extinguisher cabinets are designed to keep fire extinguishers, hoses and blankets secure while still providing accessibility in the event of a fire emergency. Although there are many options for fire extinguisher cabinets, we will cover the top three commercial uses.
Whether at home, in the car, boat, work or school, you’ll find fire extinguishers everywhere; and with good reason. NFPA 10 indicates that the maximum travel distance to an extinguisher is 75 feet in a commercial building. Knowing how to select the appropriate extinguisher is critical. Continue reading →
Monday marked the beginning of National Fire Prevention Month. Every October local fire stations and other fire protection and prevention agencies campaign safety, security and safe egress in the event of a fire. Dennis Hunsinger, former Regional Director of FEMA said “Annual Observances like National Fire Prevention Week and National Fire Prevention Month are excellent opportunities to focus on fire hazards – but we should all practice fire safety every day – Continue reading →