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Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Museum Display and Queue Barriers
Museum Display and
barriers are typically used to queue and control visitors throughout a museum
or institution. Taller barriers are usually used for directing foot traffic in
a particular path or direction. Shorter barriers can be used for surrounding items
such as works of art to keep visitors from touching or getting too close. There
are a number of barrier options that can be used, such as belts or ropes, but
most museums prefer the more refined sophisticated approach of a straight cord.
This gives a nice clean look that does not distract from the object being
viewed. The largest supplier of this type of barrier is Absolute Museum and Gallery Products. In North and South America,
Absolute’s quality products are sold by Art Display Essentials.
barriers should also adhere to ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) standards.
The belt or cord on a typical barrier is too high. According to the ADA, the
cord or belt must be cane detectable and located within 27 inches off of the
finished floor or ground. Absolute
Museum and Gallery Products now offers a cuff to add to an existing barrier
that adds a second cord down at the correct height to be compliant with the ADA
standards. These items and other barrier related items are sold byArt
Display Essentials and can be purchased on their website here:
Art Display Essentials also carriers the new Q-Cord Retractable Barrier made by 10-31
Inc., which is one
meter(39.375”) high and has two retractable cords. The lower cord is half a meter(19.75”)
off of the ground to be ADA compliant.
The Q-cord retractable stanchion system is the new definition of
convenient architectural crowd control and can be seen and purchased here:
307.1 General. Protruding objects shall comply
307.2 Protrusion Limits. Objects
with leading edges more than 27 inches (685 mm) and not more than 80 inches
(2030 mm) above the finish floor or ground shall protrude 4 inches (100 mm)
maximum horizontally into the circulation path.
EXCEPTION: Handrails shall be permitted to
protrude 4 1/2 inches (115 mm) maximum.
Advisory 307.2 Protrusion Limits.
cane is used and the element is in the detectable range, it gives a person
sufficient time to detect the element with the cane before there is body
contact. Elements located on circulation paths, including operable elements,
must comply with requirements for protruding objects. For example, awnings and
their supporting structures cannot reduce the minimum required vertical
clearance. Similarly, casement windows, when open, cannot encroach more than 4
inches (100 mm) into circulation paths above 27 inches (685 mm).
307.3 Post-Mounted Objects. Free-standing
objects mounted on posts or pylons shall overhang circulation paths 12 inches
(305 mm) maximum when located 27 inches (685 mm) minimum and 80 inches (2030
mm) maximum above the finish floor or ground. Where a sign or other obstruction
is mounted between posts or pylons and the clear distance between the posts or
pylons is greater than 12 inches (305 mm), the lowest edge of such sign or
obstruction shall be 27 inches (685 mm) maximum or 80 inches (2030 mm) minimum
above the finish floor or ground.
EXCEPTION: The sloping portions of handrails
serving stairs and ramps shall not be required to comply with 307.3.
Figure 307.3 Post-Mounted
307.4 Vertical Clearance. Vertical clearance
shall be 80 inches (2030 mm) high minimum. Guardrails or other barriers shall
be provided where the vertical clearance is less than 80 inches (2030 mm) high.
The leading edge of such guardrail or barrier shall be located 27 inches (685
mm) maximum above the finish floor or ground.
EXCEPTION: Door closers and door stops shall
be permitted to be 78 inches (1980 mm) minimum above the finish floor or
Figure 307.4 Vertical Clearance
307.5 Required Clear Width.
Protruding objects shall not reduce the clear width required for accessible