The course educates participants on the design and fabrication of glass railings through an interactive tour of the company’s manufacturing facility in Minneapolis. Photo: Sightline.

Sightline Commercial Solutions now offers a continuing education course via the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education Systems. The in-person course (Plant Tour: A Better Understanding of Architectural Railing Systems) educates participants on the design and fabrication of glass railings through an interactive tour at the company’s manufacturing facility in Minneapolis.

AIA Course Number: SCS2024PT is an introductory-level program focused on educating participants about the means and methods of constructing ornamental railings, from materials and finishes to design considerations, manufacturing and code compliance.

Company officials say that through up-close observation and hands-on experience, participants can better understand how production methods, including environmental considerations, welds, machining, automation and finishes, affect the system design and performance of architectural guardrails.

“When it comes to guardrails, there is no need to compromise a beautiful aesthetic for function and safety; architectural railings systems can deliver both,” says Jon Chase, chief engineering officer. “Our AIA program aims to help specifiers better understand this integral design element in terms of structure, safety and style by pairing exposure to state-of-the-art manufacturing and fabrication techniques with discussion around accessibility, code compliance, materials and other important design considerations.”

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  1. What aspects of ornamental railings are discussed in terms of materials and finishes?

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