Fire codes help owners protect their buildings from property-destroying blazes. Those codes, however, are often set to a minimum standard for fire safety and are not always representative of best practices. One of those instances surrounds codes related to fire-rated floor doors.
Fire safety measures in any enclosed building are critical, but especially so in theaters. The history of deadly blazes in performance venues goes back centuries, and while modern building practices and materials have dramatically reduced the risk of fatalities, theaters still face an uncommon fire threat.
The Gordy brings three theaters into one 66,850-square-foot campus. The $35 million project, designed by architects at Gensler and Charcoalblue, an international theatre and acoustics design consultancy, was built in a former storage facility for the Museum of Fine Arts