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Susan Naylor Center at the Witte Museum, San Antonio

Photo: Dror Baldinger, courtesy of Witte Museum
Photo: Dror Baldinger, courtesy of Witte Museum

A railing system provides safety and transparency at Susan Naylor Center at the Witte Museum in San Antonio. Its installation was part of a large expansion and renovation project of the museum’s main building, which was completed in April 2017.

The glass, aluminum and wood railing is on stair and balcony overlooks in the lobby area, which is called Valero Great Hall. The railing is designed to provide sightlines between spaces; it does not have attached handrails.

The railing gets rigidity from a low-profile, solid wood top rail. It is 2 1/2-inch-wide by 1/2-inch-high White Oak with a satin clear coating. Wilson Steel Services installed 120 feet of Trex Commercial Products’ Track Rail system with 1/2-inch clear tempered glass panels. The panels are mounted flush with the floor in an aluminum shoe. The shoe is affixed to the floor with hex bolts and lock nuts, and the shoe and cladding are finished in Black.