The NASCAR Museum and Hall of Fame located in Charlotte, NC, had to capture the exciting spirit of America’s most popular sport, while meeting strict fire codes to protect the safety of thousands of visitors expected monthly. Designers at Pei Cobb Freed & Partners sought steamed beech frames to complement the interior doors and millwork but they had an array of opening sizes to deal with, including difficult to source (at least in wood) 45-minute, 8-foot pairs. Florida based Walker Brothers Millwork knew just where to look—Contact Industries and their veneer profile wrapped fire-rated wood frames with a patented clip installation system. State-of-the-art technology for a state-of-the-art facility.
CLIENT: Walker Brothers Millwork and Forest Millwork, Inc. (installing subcontractor)
DETAILS: NASCAR Hall of Fame and Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina; new construction; 150,000 square foot museum with 278-seat movie theatre; $160 million construction cost; Operated by Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority; 19 fire-rated (certified 45 minutes) door frames in European beech.
PRODUCT: Fire-rated wood door frames
CONSTRUCTION: 45-minute certified door frame system with steamed European beech veneer wrap.
FINISH: Factory-applied UV-cured no-VOC clear top coat
ADHESIVE: Type 1 Hot Melt
TEST PROCEDURES: Boil test
END USE: 45-minute fire-rated openings, including 8-foot pairs
CORE: Patented-design frame system incorporating intumescent
FACE VENEER: Steamed European beech