Restaurant Development & Design

NOV-DEC 2018

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Safety, Beauty Combined The PDU8000 Series Glass Panic Device from ASSA ABLOY offers an engraved push area and boundary grooves to make exit doors highly visible. The device has both keyed and non-keyed functions, six standard exterior pull options, and a selection of €nishes. It features a solid latch. For use with both mechani- cal and electric strikes, the PDU8000 Series is ADA-compliant and meets California Building Code (2013) Sec.11B-309.4. ASSA ABLOY www.assaabloy.com N O V E M B E R / D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 8 • r e s t a u r a n t d e v e l o p m e n t + d e s i g n • 7 3 WINDOWS & DOORS U nlike many other aspects of a restaurant's design, doors and windows must be carefully selected with multiple mission- critical functions in mind. First, they have to look good and contribute to the restaurant's brand messaging and ambi- ence from both inside and out. After all, an entry door provides guests with their €rst up-close visual and tactile interac- tion with an operation. And windows don't just provide views to the outside; they passively and powerfully help mar- ket the experience within to passersby while enhancing the ambience for guests. But windows and doors play several other important roles, too. Here are three factors that should be top-of-mind during every purchasing and design decision. Ease of entry: Guests transitioning from the street to the restaurant shouldn't have to struggle with a heavy door or work to €gure out which way it opens or €ght against air-intake imbalance to get the door open. They just want to get inside. Don't make it hard for them by failing to consider the €ner points of entry door selection and installation. Guest comfort: Sure, everyone loves transparency, open environments and bringing the outdoors in as much as pos- sible. As trendy and popular as they are, though, more and bigger windows, glass garage doors and retractable glass roofs can have a signi€cant impact on comfort with too much heat, sunlight, noise from rain or wind, and/or cold impacting interior environments. As such, tempera- ture and light management, air •ow and acoustics are important considerations. Energy ef•ciency: Carefully select window and door materials that will help, not hurt, efforts to conserve energy. Windows, in particular, can impact energy consumption for heating and cooling. Consider both U-factor, the rate at which a window conducts non-solar heat •ow, and solar heat gain, as coef€cient mea- sures in determining which windows will perform most ef€ciently in your particular climate. And keep an eye on new tech- nologies that promise to help improve comfort and conserve energy. One big new product trend quickly gaining steam: smart glass, which is tinted or glazed to control glares, bright light and heat transfer to ensure a more comfort- able environment. And here's what's really cool: Smart glass is also available in Wi-Fi-connected and electronically controlled options that use sensors to determine room occupancy, weather and sunlight to €ne-tune its tint — operators simply click a button to control heat and light levels automatically. Indoor Comfort, Outdoor Freedom Panora-View by Libart offers large-span motorized, vertical retracting door and window systems that let restaurant designers bring the beauty of the outdoors inside. The system is manu- factured from electrostatically painted aluminum pro€les. All models use insulated glass with interlocking and thermally broken aluminum framing. There are no vertical aluminum mem- bers, ensuring unobstructed views. Libart www.libart.com Secure, Full-Vision Entrance The Special-Lite SL-15 is a heavy-duty aluminum stile and rail door. Suitable for use in high- traf€c entrances, the lightweight doors feature welded corner construction. Special-Lite Inc. www.special-lite.com Large-Panel Sliding Glass Wall System NanaWall offers four sill options for its minimal-framed, large-panel sliding glass wall system, cero — Higher Weather Performance, Flush, Low-Pro€le Saddle and Low-Pro€le Saddle Hybrid. With these four sills, NanaWall's shallow sliding glass walls can address various restaurant design needs. NanaWall Systems www.nanawall.com

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