Entries by Door Systems Writer

The Future of the Civic Center

The City of Los Angeles’ plan to redevelop the Civic Center over a 15-year period is officially underway. Now, with crews working on a 500-day dismantlement of Parker Center, government representatives are seeking input from Downtown stakeholders on how they want to see the area transform.

Using Smoke Curtains in Multi-Story Buildings

The most important task for firefighters is to save lives. In the case of fires in multi-story residential buildings, this objective can be best achieved by using the stairways as the preferred route of attack. This method of entering a multi-story dwelling ensures that the most important escape route for the inhabitants is immediately controlled.

Circa Project: Twin 36-story Towers

The large podium of the Circa project, at 1200 S. Figueroa St. in South Park, continues to rise. The project from a development group composed of Hankey Investment Company, Jamison Services, Falcon California Investments and Highlands Capital will create twin 36-story towers with a combined 648 condominiums, sitting on top of a seven-story retail podium […]

Atrium Smoke Control Solution

A horizontal fire protective curtain may eliminate the need for costly additional structural support, sprinklers, and complex smoke evacuation systems saving the building owner a great deal of money. Keep in mind that the building code allows for two stories to be interconnected without smoke control. If the atrium design and space is appropriate then it is […]

Sonny Astani’s $60 million Valencia

The opening of Sonny Astani’s $60 million Valencia has been pushed back from June to the end of the year. A spokesperson for Astani said a temporary certificate of occupancy is expected by November, although applications to rent the 218 City West apartments are now being accepted. The six-story project at 1515 Wilshire Blvd. will […]

Assisted Living Elevator Smoke Containment

The primary focus of assisted-living facilities is to provide care for elderly persons who can no longer maintain independent-living standards. Their facilities are typically commercial construction with a residential design element. Fire and life-safety concerns are a priority that can be made more difficult by the added challenge of ensuring accessibility for mobility-challenged persons. In […]