SHOE Structural Glass Railing System

University of North Texas Student Union

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Project Overview

Category: Universities
Location: Denton, TX
General Contractor: BECK
Architect: Perkins+Will


Our SHOE™ Structural Glass Railing System is an aluminum glass railing system with a patented compression set aluminum base shoe system. SHOE™ Glass Railing is perfect for commercial interior or exterior, balcony railing or stair railing applications. In addition, this architectural railing solution provides a fall protection system without the use of an unsightly barrier. SHOE™ Aluminum Glass Railing can be either top or fascia mounted. It is available with a glass bracket mounted handrail, round top cap or a U-channel top cap. Base shoe is available in stainless steel or an anodized aluminum cladding.

VIVA’s tempered glass infills provide optimal line of sight as well as an understated elegance. Our glass infills range from a minimum of 3/8″ PVB or SGP laminated glass. Colored, patterned and frosted glass are additional options based on design intent and need.

Our iRAIL™ System is a LED illuminated version of our 1.5” diameter rails. iRAIL uses an ADA compliant roll-formed (monolithic) slotted rail, that houses a high-performance LED assembly. VIVA iRAIL™ uses a specially designed LED that can provide full-length coverage of illumination for whatever your rail run may be, compared to the traditional LED railing assemblies that were only available in preset section lengths. Lighting is available in warm or bright white with either a clear or diffused lens.

Our Free Standing Rails (FSR) and posts are both available in 1.5” diameter stainless steel in SS304 and SS316 alloys. FSR posts can be core mounted, top flange mounted, welded to steel or welded to concrete embed. FSRs are excellent for stadium seating rails, building entrance rails, ramps, landscaping rails, stair centerline rails as well as numerous other applications. FSRs are also available with our iRail System (LED lighted rail).


With an additional 10,000 square feet, it’s important to see what all the new student union has to offer its faculty, students and even the citizens of Denton County. From a rooftop garden to a dance room, adding a clear railing system is perfect for showing all the new architectural features to this amazing building. VIVA Railings was chosen by BECK and Perkins+Will to feature our SHOE™ railing system.


BECK has for over a century, been the leader in the building industry. As both architects and contractors, they can bring an innovative solution to solve problems as no one else can. With setting the standard and creating more technology to adapt to the future Beck believes we are stronger together with a united vision.

Perkins+Will is one of the world’s top 10 most innovative companies in architecture. Perkins+Will innovates the architecture world with unique tools, research, and over 1,800 design professionals. With hundreds of awards annually, Perkins+Will believes design has the power to transform lives and enhance the world around us.