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Glass Door ADA Compliance: Three Things to Know

Everyone involved in architecture, design or construction who works with a glass partition will want to make sure the glass door element of their project is ADA compliant. Thankfully, three simple steps make this easy to achieve. </p

Our ‘coffee break checklist’ outlines a recommended approach to make sure you’re using some readily available help to stay code compliant.

Read on for a reminder explaining what makes ADA compliance vital plus discover the support available to help ensure your project is up to code.

Glass Door ADA Compliance Made Easy

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The potential consequences of ADA non-compliance in a project are, of course, serious and far-reaching. The risks involved if ADA requirements are overlooked? Fines, lawsuits and reputational damage.

That’s why the clients we work with all agree that meeting ADA rules is a must.

We strongly suggest….

    1. Awareness: The most important first step for ADA and State code compliance is awareness that compliance requirements exist.
      • These include demands like 10” clearance on the push side of door, 32” clearance when doors open, 5 lbs push or pull force, distraction markers at 30” and 60” AFF (NY Labor Law).
      • While the final responsibility rests with you, steps (2) and (3) will help ensure the latest code is applied.
    2. Support: Working with a professional glass partition supplier will mean your partition specialist is extremely familiar with ADA and code requirements.
      • That’s why we recommend that, whether you’re a new or existing MetroWall client, you contact us as early as possible. Even during the Test Fit stage we highly recommend that you speak to a member of the MetroWall team so things like door swing and furniture layout with walls can also be considered.
      • Our goal is to not only make sure compliance and design intent are both satisfied but also check how factors like hardware and acoustics will work so the space functions correctly.
    3. Education: Continuous, specialist training helps you stay one step ahead of compliance demands and reviews how glass partitions can be used in your work.
      • For example, MetroWall’s American Institute of Architects training covers many ADA/ code essentials and counts towards AIA annual credits.
      • The course outlines the abundant options and benefits of glass walls in the workplace and is purpose-designed to help with seamlessly integrating glass into drawings and into the construction process.

The advantages and disadvantages, as well as the aesthetics, of different systems and options are covered plus the future of glass partitions is discussed during the course. The course also reveals insights into the impact of glass partitions on well-being of employees at work plus safety with glass types, code compliance, etc.

In short, the course gives you more options to present to clients to help create a first-rate office environment.

Combining the three recommendations above, by maintaining ADA compliance awareness and education while leveraging the support available, will help remove the risk of non-compliance from glass door projects.

Why MetroWall?

We’re proud to be much more than just a supplier for the professionals who rely on us for expert help to make their glass partition project as easy as possible.

That’s because our team uses years of industry experience to approach each project as a consultant to ensure successful project outcomes.

Then, we design, manufacture, store and install our glass partitions ourselves right here in New York.

Ultimately, professionals work for us for two big reasons: our 15 years of experience and our local inventory as this means expertise without the delays!

For product inspiration plus sustainability and LEED data click here. To speak to a MetroWall wall partition specialist simply contact us. We’re here to help.

See also: Sustainable Design and Your Project, Delivering Projects in Turbulent Times

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Sustainable Design and Your Project: How We Can Help

We’re proud to be more than just a supplier for our architect clients. Instead, we make it simple for architecture professionals to create an easier, more efficient and – crucially – sustainable interior glass partition project.

From HPD and LEED to our support for every client’s sustainability values, read on to discover how we can help…

1.Aligned Values

We specialise in products purpose-made to align with the sustainability demands an ambitious architect expects from a partner.

MetroWall products feature Hazardous Product Declaration data including chemical inventory information to meet Option 1 (Material Ingredient Reporting) of the MR Credit program.

Plus, we’re verified for LEED documentation meaning every MetroWall product contributes to a building’s LEED certification.

 

2. Continuous Improvement

Because we want to actively help architects achieve their sustainability goals, we work to stay one step ahead of the latest product standards and programs.

That’s why MetroWall aligns with the latest LEED versions including a 100 mile radius maximum for regional materials.

We’ve reviewed and improved our materials with sustainability in mind, we’re working to have our products added to the mindful MATERIALS library and we’ll keep looking for ways to enhance our product sustainability.

 

3. Sustainability Data & Support

Every MetroWall colleague is a subject specialist and experienced in supporting architecture professionals with the information they need…fast.

We pride ourselves in expert service and a quick turnaround response to technical and sustainability enquiries.

 

Why MetroWall?

Professionals trust MetroWall for quicker, easier interior glass partitions. 

Here’s why…

  • Specialist advice, data and support
  • In-house, local manufacturing
  • Large inventory held in New York
  • Rapid, tailored installation and deliver

Also, our clients love knowing there’s a MetroWall range for every project

  • Vetro flexibility: Including solutions for uneven floors
  • LP Series minimalism: For a low-profile look
  • DG Series sound privacy: With superb sound control

For glass partition inspiration simply download our brochure. Questions? Just ask. We’re here to help.

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The LP series – for minimalism without compromise

At MetroWall, we aim to take care of everything, from design and manufacture to delivery and install. We also keep our offerings simple and have three main product lines: Vetro, LP and DG. Today, we’re shining a spotlight on LP – the minimal “all glass” series of walls and partitions.

LP – Our all-glass series


Our sleek and simple LP series combines the sought-after low-profile track aesthetic with the durability and robustness that a busy workplace requires. Choose from a wide range of hardware options (including pivot doors, ladder pulls, lever sets and more) and an extensive variety of glass types (frosted, acid-etched, photo printed etc.) for a fully customizable, all-glass design that will add a wow factor to any workplace.

Check out our spotlight on LP for more information or get in touch with a member the MetroWall team today.

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Your glass wall architectural design phase questions, answered

We understand that when you choose to overhaul your workspace and incorporate glass walls and partitions, you’ll have questions. At MetroWall, we want to provide as much value to our readers and customers as we can and so we’ll answer your most pressing questions in one place.

Contemplating working with a glass partition manufacturer and have questions about the schematic design or design development? Check out our answers below.

1. I want glass partitions in my office space. What are my options?

MetroWall’s proprietary extrusions are the building blocks of our projects. 

Within our multiple systems we enjoy building bespoke solutions through options such as finishes, glazing types, hardware, door types, frame profiles, mullion details, etc.  We typically recommend a discovery meeting to review the options and hear about your goals for the project.

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2. I’m not sure what I want, can you help with design inspiration?

Absolutely.

Our experts can help to translate your ideas (no matter how vague) into a design. Through renderings, drafting details, case studies and R&D, we’ll use our industry knowledge and construction expertise to transform your workspace and come up with something unique to your business.

3. Do you survey the site?

Yes.

Our team will be with you from project kick off to project completion.. We’ll visit your site, take accurate measurements, assess site access and logistics and then manufacture, deliver and install. 

4. How much will a glass wall from MetroWall cost?  

The cost will vary depending on which options you choose to include but typical costs start at a few hundred dollars per linear foot and can climb over $1,000 per linear foot.

There are a large number of factors to consider that will influence the cost such as glass types, door functions, hardware selections, finish selections and more. A MetroWall representative can help you find a configuration that fits within your budget. 

5. How long will it take to complete my partition? I have tight deadlines

This varies depending on the glass partition manufacturer and installer that you work.

Factors you should consider when looking for a partner include things such as manufacturing location and complexity of supply chain. Manufacturers located overseas often have lead times of 8-12 weeks or more. Other solutions which involve separate manufacturers, dealers and installers may take 6-8 weeks.

At MetroWall, we’re a one-stop shop and will be with you from planning and design right through to final sign off. Our lead times are 3-4 weeks which is some of the fastest in North America.

6. I’m designing a new workspace and want to be sure that everything discussed at initial design makes it through to install. How can I ensure details won’t get missed along the way?

At MetroWall, we’re uniquely positioned as a manufacturer with integrated construction so we don’t have to hand over to external dealers or glaziers. 

MW are there for pre-construction right the way through to install and your MetroWall Project Manager will be on hand to oversee and advise every step of the way. The details are just as important to us as they are to you.

7. What are “hold to” dimensions? And do MetroWall use them?

In basic terms, “hold to” dimensions are measurements that are established as benchmarks and agreed to by all parties to perform their work such that the end result matches the “hold to” dimensions.

At MetroWall, we don’t use them because we don’t really need to. Every project has a Project Superintendent who will come to site to verify each opening to ensure there is little room for error. The Superintendent will also work closely with carpenters and other trades on site. 

Our flexible lead times mean we don’t go into pre production as early as our competitors so we can work to exact specifications.  Having said that, if needed, we can coordinate hold dimensions as well.

8. I want to use MetroWall for my glass partition. What do I do next?

Get in touch! Drop us an email or give us a call and we’ll take it from there. 

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How MetroWall is staying a step ahead of the supply chain shortage

From household goods and electronics to raw materials, the global supply chain shortage is ongoing and affecting just about every industry. At MetroWall, we worked to combat these issues before they even began. Disruptions started around the time the Covid pandemic emerged but challenges to the construction and building industry are taking considerably longer than expected to normalize – but why? And how do MetroWall’s manufacturing processes address the issue?

What is the global supply chain?

The global supply chain is an invisible pathway that takes goods from where they’re manufactured or grown, to where they need to go. From raw material to end user. The supply  chain regularly crosses not just borders but oceans too.

Why has it been affected

Disruptions to the supply chain began in early 2020. Factories and manufacturing plants were hit hard by Covid 19. Many were shut down and others were forced to work at drastically reduced capacity.

It’s not simply a matter of “ah, Covid”, though. In response to an anticipated drop in sales during the early days of the pandemic, shipping companies greatly reduced their scheduling but customers didn’t stop spending, they just spent their money elsewhere. So, while spending at restaurants and movie theatres fell, spending in areas like home renovations and Covid-secure workspaces skyrocketed. Building companies responded to this by ordering in bulk.

The steep surge in demand combined with fewer ships to transport goods, clogged the system. Combine this with labor issues and a shortage of shipping containers and you’ve got yourself a perfect storm.

When will the shortages end?

The answer to this isn’t entirely clear (we can now add severe weather events like Hurricane Ida and foreign political upheavals like Brexit to the mix), but it seems likely that these issues will continue well into 2022. 

How are MetroWall circumventing the issue?

It could be argued that such an issue was inevitable – many companies have purposely been keeping lean inventories to limit costs for years but at Metrowall, we do things a little differently. We’ve always believed in holding large quantities of inventory in stock. In the past, this has allowed us to have the fastest lead times in New York and right now, it allows us to buck the trend of delays and shortages and deliver on our 3-4 week lead time promise.

Many companies source materials internationally to save on costs but at MetroWall, we’ve always sourced locally. Not only does this give us greater control and flexibility, it’s also good for the community and helps the environment by reducing shipping and storage. It’s also given us the chance to build strong connections and strategic agreements with our vendors to allow for uninterrupted supply. And, right now, it’s helping us sidestep industry-wide issues caused by heavy reliance on the shipping industry.

At MetroWall, we’re a one-stop shop. We control the entire process (manufacturing through install), we do our own deliveries so we’re not affected by shipping bottlenecks or vehicle shortages and we always have and always will forecast our inventory against demand.

Supply Chain shortage or no, at MetroWall we’re sticking fast to our 3-4 week lead time.

Want to work with us? 

Get in touch today to find out how our 3-4 week lead times could transform your workspace sooner than our competitors.

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The Impact of Glass Partitions in Office Interior Design

As we increasingly measure companies by their culture, workplace design has never been more important. 

And with the average size of offices having shrunk by 30% over the last decade plus, to 175 sq ft per employee, the onus is on architects to come up with clever designs that maximise space, light and customer impact, without compromising on privacy or staff wellbeing.  

No pressure!

Reimagining glass partitions

While glass has become a staple of corporate design, its ability to be reimagined and repurposed ensures that its appeal is never diminished. That design flexibility isn’t just in relation to layouts, but to the broader aesthetic.

If you want your furniture and décor to take center stage, glass partitions can fade gracefully into the background, but if you want your glass to be the main event, it can achieve that too! Endless permutations – limited only by your imagination.

Delivering the ultimate versatility for architects, glass partitions offer the freedom to design completely new spaces. And, because they’re made to measure, literally anything is possible!

Frameless glass partitions

The frameless glass option provides a minimalist feel, and is often favored by architects in pursuit of a clean, modern aesthetic. The panes are attached to the floor and ceiling with unobtrusive fixings, so your eye is drawn to what’s inside rather than to the partitions themselves.

But that doesn’t mean it has to be simplicity all the way. Frameless partitions are compatible with swing and pivot doors, as well as sliding doors, and can be customized in a range of ways.

Hardware

Whether you’re all about simplicity, or keen to add some stand-out touches to your design, hardware lends itself to either. And that even extends to the practical, with the ability to integrate security systems, card access and more.

But beyond that, whether you want door handles colored, leather-wrapped or custom designed, it’s entirely up to you. 

Glass types

Now this is where it really gets exciting – there truly is no limit to what you can achieve. We’re not just talking transparent or frosted, we’re talking about back painted, acid etched, mirrored, textured, one-way, markerboard suitable or Houdini glass and more. Decorate them with letters, foils, textiles, photoprint – whatever you fancy.

Glass is an incredible blank canvas upon which designers and architects can really put their stamp. Check out glass solutions for architectural design for more inspiration.

We’re the glass partition experts

Working with the finest architects and contractors, we’re always on-hand to share our glass expertise. From chic minimalism to unforgettable design statements – we’ve done it all. It’s our job to take your grand vision and translate into the fully functional space your clients have been dreaming of. 

Our expert team will work with you to design the perfect layout, then manufacture it to order, deliver and install – one team and one seamless process. 

If you need exceptional glass partitions for your next corporate project, talk to the MetroWall team – bespoke products and New York’s best customer service.

Get in Touch

Get in touch with our knowledgeable team today to find out more about the impact of glass partitions in office interior design.

 

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4 Great Reasons to Choose Glass Office Partitions

As workplaces – and workforces – evolve, so do our views on the ‘ideal’ office layout for optimal practicality and productivity. Ultimately, the only true solution is an outcome that allows flexibility for the future – a solution like glass partitioning in fact!

But if you’re still unconvinced, here are four fantastic reasons to take the plunge with partitions:

4 Reasons to Choose Glass Office Partitions

Impress staff and clients

Just like any store or restaurant, organizations rely on appearances to make an impact. If you want to attract quality staff and impress clients, you need a space that screams forward-looking, efficient and welcoming. 

Glass is also 100% recyclable, and with organisational values becoming an increasing drawcard for both employees and customers, a demonstrable commitment to sustainability is not only important, it’s expected.

Space that helps you do business differently

While how we physically work is changing, our human and business needs remain broadly similar – which means we need an environment that allows for confidential discussion, as well as fostering collaboration. Fortunately, both outcomes are possible when you use glass partitioning to create functional, flowing spaces. 

The workforce of the future understands that human performance is about much more than ‘carrot and stick’, it’s about understanding where work fits in the bigger picture of our lives, the importance of workplace relationships, and the human needs that have to be met for peak performance. They also know that the built environment – and flexibility of its form and function – is critical to our wellbeing.

Think about how you feel in a darkened airless room, versus how you feel when you stand in an expansive sunlit space. We know the realities, but somehow workplaces have failed to keep pace with our growing understanding of what makes humanity ‘tick’. 

Custom designed layouts

The beauty of partitioning is that it’s created to your specifications and can adapt to your needs. Which means if you need particular spaces now, and a redesigned layout in the future, you’re talking adaptation rather than renovation. 

Our ranges, for example, allows us to create hundreds of configurations – whatever your vision, we can deliver.  From minimalist and budget-driven designs to high-end, our customizable modules allow us to meet the needs of every conceivable office space. Whatever the size, shape, style and budget, we can create an environment that meets all your needs. And, being easily demountable, they’re a much more cost-effective solution over the long-term. 

Better for staff wellbeing

Close off areas to create office space and you’re back to that gloomy airless room or – not much more inspiring – a fluorescent lit, airless room. Glass partitions provide all the benefits of a ‘wall’ while allowing natural light to flow freely through your office space.

And people are like plants – we thrive on a bit of sunshine and need Vitamin D to fend off stress and anxiety. Just ask the International Well Building Institute, who found that workers’ productivity declines if they’re located more than 7.5 meters from a window.

In the same way, we don’t tend to like being locked away from other people – we’re social beasts, in the main. Connection with our colleagues is key to creativity, collaboration and productivity – just being able to see each other through an open space makes the world of difference.

And where glass really comes into its own, is its ability to allow you to see, without allowing every word to be heard. The perfect blend of transparency without endless distraction or compromising on confidentiality needs.

 

Considering an Office Redesign?

So, if you are toying with the idea of an office redesign, there’s one ‘clear’ choice – glass partitions. And when it comes to those, Metro Wall is the field-leader offering 3 premium products – Vetro, LP Series and DG Series

We’re experts in customer satisfaction, managing the process from design to install in super-quick time. Ready to find out what Metro Wall can do for you? 

Get in touch today via the button below.

 

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Metro-Wall Secures Eisai Contract

When one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical companies, Eisai Inc., made the decision to relocate their New Jersey headquarters, Metro-Wall quickly became front-runners to fit-out the state’s largest office lease of the year.

MetroWall is excited to be providing over 2,700 linear feet of   our innovative product lines for this 332,800-square-foot lease. The firm will join Prism Capital Partners’ ON3 mixed-use campus in Nutley, New Jersey.

MetroWall commissioned by Eisai Inc

MetroWall has been appointed by SJP Project Solutions to create a sleek, comfortable and user-friendly environment for the firm’s 1,200 corporate staff and research and development functions, with room for ongoing company expansion.

Jon Scott,  Managing Director of Metro-Wall, said that glass walls are ideal for fast-paced, connected and collaborative work environments.

“This is a really exciting project for us, and we’re extremely proud to be working with Eisai Inc., an oncology and neurology-focused pharmaceutical company in their new LEED gold certified office space. It’s an honour to work on something of this scale, and for such a respected client. The contract is, in many ways, a testament to the results we’ve delivered to date, our expertise and our industry reputation, and we’re looking forward to providing Eisai with the same great outcomes.”

Popularity of workplace glass partitions

Already known for delivering emotional and intellectual stimulation, glass partitions have never been more popular, with a post-Covid19 world making truly open-plan layouts less appealing to many workers and workplaces. 

“Glass walls don’t just create an exceptionally beautiful environment, they’re also extremely practical. They bridge the gap between open-plan and traditional multi-office designs, delivering the best of both worlds; a sense of community and collaboration with dedicated areas for privacy and focus. 

“The layouts for Eisai’s space have been thoughtfully and strategically designed for the company now and as it evolves going forward, with a clear focus on fostering extensive employee engagement and collaboration. Our products’ clean lines, the sense of space and light they achieve, and the inherent functional flexibility of their design, are strongly aligned with the ways of working favoured by future-focused organization. 

“We’re proud to be partnering with Eisai inc. to deliver a workspace that embodies the organisation’s core values, creates an inspiring environment for high-achieving teams, and a headquarters that reflects their market-leading expertise.”

Transforming workspaces with custom glass partitions

For Eisai Inc. the move into the ON3’s landmark 15-story office tower will see the firm join a next-generation life-science and lifestyle campus, integrating state-of-the-art lab, research and office space in what has been described as the ‘heart of the Northeast’s thriving life science corridor’. 

“Eisai is a human health care company. This ON3 Eisai workplace will bring the Eisai community together in one place and drive a culture of new scientific horizons and entrepreneurial innovation,” said Eisai President Tatsuyuki Yasuno

“We draw inspiration from our patients and passion from our people. We break barriers every day. Our workplace will too.”

Find Out More

Contact MetroWall To find out more about how our customised interior glass solutions could transform your work spaces, contact us online today via the button below.

 

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Why Safety Should Always be a Priority

National Safety month is an annual reminder to us all of the many hazards facing workers on construction sites and of the importance of keeping everyone in the industry safe.

The goal of this year’s campaign is to help reduce the leading causes of injury and death at work.

The most up-to-date statistics puts the importance of health and safety in perspective!

Of the 5,333 workplace deaths in the US in 2019, the highest number – 1,061 or 20% – were in construction. That’s over three people every day or over 20 every week!

It is a shocking statistic that is completely avoidable if the industry takes the precautions it should!

And it’s simple steps that make all the difference.  

Our Top 5 Tips for a Safe Site

  1. Ensure you have the right tool for the job. Investing in tools that work with the natural movement of the body can prevent a range of injuries and strains. Always check tools are working properly before operating.
  2. Wear full protective equipment at all times. It is your last line of defence if you come into contact with a hazard on your site. Safety boots, high-viz vests, goggles and hard hats all protect you against serious injury so make sure you don’t enter a site without them.
  3. Never work high up without suitable guard rails or other fall prevention safety measures.
  4. If you see something you don’t feel is safe then report it to your supervisor. Management can’t act unless they know what is going on and the sooner an issue is reported, the quicker it can be fixed.
  5. Finally, keep your site tidy. Tripping hazards and spills can lead to accidents and serious injury so make sure you keep your work area tidy during your shift.

Stay Safe with MetroWall

Our glass wall partitions are installed with the greatest attention to detail on site and staff safety is a priority at every job. 

To find out more about our systems and how we work, contact us today.

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Glass Wall Partitions: The Safe Solution for Post-Covid Offices

As Covid-19 restrictions begin to ease, ensuring the health and wellbeing of office staff returning to work has never been more important. Limiting the spread of infection is a key public health requirement, so the importance of designing office space with safety and employee well-being in mind is more recognized than ever before.

There’s no doubt about it: the appetite for secure, collaborative working environments is growing. Here at MetroWall, we’re experts in designing bespoke glass partitioning and we work with clients to redevelop workspaces to find safe solutions tailored to your environment.

We’re passionate about bringing people together safely and here’s how we do it:

Glass Office Wall Systems

The benefits of glass are clear: it’s a sustainable material that lends fluidity to indoor spaces and allows for the transfer of natural light. Whilst promoting a more open and transparent environment, glass partitions reduce the spread of infection and generate smaller areas that can be more easily cleaned and contained.

We have three series which all provide an extensive range of design possibilities for our clients:

Vetro Series: 

This versatile glass wall partition system provides endless options for offices of all shapes and sizes. In fact, hundreds of possible configurations mean that almost any desired result can be achieved.

Vetro designs can handle robust levelling tolerances and are super simple to integrate. This adaptable system can accommodate room schedulers, electric strikes, maglocks and much more. Metro Wall specialists will work with your fit-out plans and visions to redesign a secure space for your staff. 

DG Series: 

If you’re looking for enhanced privacy, then double glazed glass wall systems are the perfect solution. This functional system not only creates transparent safety barriers but also is designed to meet the sound and privacy requirements of the client.

Our DG Series accommodates single glazing and solid panels too – so you aren’t restricted to one type of panel. 

LP Series: 

This is a real minimalist solution that lends style and fluidity to office spaces. With a ¾” bottom profile, the LP series aluminium profiles offer unrivalled transparency and aesthetics.

Compatible with room schedulers, electric strikes, maglocks and most manufacturers hardware… the options are limitless. This innovative all-glass wall partition system accommodates ⅜” or ½” glass and a wide range of configurations.

For infection control that doesn’t compromise on design flair – our LP series is the right choice. 

Why Should You Choose Metro Wall?

We’re industry experts with more than 14 years of experience in intelligent office design. From the design phase, right through to installation and beyond, we’re here to guarantee successful results that stand the test of time. 

We’re quick too. Our 3-week lead time is something that we’re super proud of and we never compromise on quality.

We work with your design team to tailor solutions for any space, no matter the specs. Designing, drawing, measuring and installing – we’ll take responsibility to make sure the results are exceptional. 

If you have any questions, we want to hear them. Contact us & we’ll find the right solution for you.

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