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Architectural Railing Systems with Examples, Use Cases, FAQs, & More

If you are an architect, you already know how an architectural railing system is used. But for everybody else, if you don’t know what architectural railing is, you’ve certainly seen it — in stadiums, airports, universities and more.

While most people don’t realize the importance of an architectural railing system, the experts understand the material and supplier you choose for a job is critical. In this massive resource, we’ve covered everything you ever wanted to know about architectural railing systems in a concise, clear way. So, where you are an architect looking for an architectural railing system, or just someone wanting to learn more, we’ve got you covered.

What is an Architectural Railing System?

Architectural railing, also known as a balustrade, is a railing supported by several posts. The US patent for railing systems goes into a bit more detail, describing “a top rail carrying a mounting member secured to spaced posts by fasteners.” 

These railings can be made from several types of material, including wood, glass, and metal. They can stand out, or they can blend in with the overall architecture of the building.

How Is An Architectural Railing System Used?

Architectural railing is used to add both safety and aesthetics to a building. The right supplier and manufacturer will expertly combine both to make sure that the railings are up to code and fit within the overall visual appeal of the building. 

Architectural Railing Systems

Architectural railing systems have several applications in businesses, public places and other properties. Here are some of the most common systems that we’ve installed at MFR Corp. You can find architectural railings in all kinds of spaces, but here are some of the most common places to find them.

Architectural Railing for Hospitals and Medical Centers 

Architectural Railing for Hospitals and Medical CentersYou’ll find architectural railing in all sorts of spaces across hospitals and medical centers. Many of these places use glass in their architectural railings to lend a clean, sterile look to the space. 

Architectural Railing for Apartment Complexes

Architectural Railing for Apartment ComplexesArchitectural railing is a common feature in large apartment complexes. Balconies are a major selling point for renters, and where there’s a balcony, there’s a need for railing.

Architectural railing adds depth and style, with a sleek, modern look that enhances the value of the property and decreases the cost of maintenance because of its durability. Compared to wood, architectural railing is a superior option, especially for upscale apartment home communities or building owners who want to invest in materials that will last decades.

Architectural Railing for Hotels 

Architectural Railing for HotelsEveryone wants a room with a view. Those balconies need railings, and those railings need to be both safe and aesthetically pleasing. Of course, hotels also often have grand staircases, and on these staircases, the railing is usually the finishing touch that makes them stand out. 

Architectural Railing for Stadiums and Convention Centers 

Architectural Railing for Stadiums and Convention CentersStadiums and convention centers hold a lot of people. With so many people in one spot, architects, suppliers, and manufacturers must make sure that everyone stays safe, but they need a simple and straightforward way to do that. An architectural railing system provides that safety and simplicity. 

Architectural Railing for High-Rise Office Buildings 

Architectural Railing for High-Rise Office BuildingsThere are few buildings that can’t be made better with a balcony. Whether it’s a balcony for an individual office or a large outdoor space for coffee breaks, these spaces need railings for safety. A railing is also necessary for indoor spaces that present a risk of falling. 

Architectural Railing for Colleges and Universities 

Architectural Railing for Colleges and UniversitiesColleges and universities employ a lot of balcony-level spaces, both outdoors and indoors. From libraries to student unions, many university spaces require the work of an architectural railing manufacturer. 

These aren’t the only places that require architectural railings, of course. Virtually any commercial or community building with more than one floor will have architectural railing in its design. Furthermore, these railings aren’t just for eliminating a falling risk. Architectural railing is also used to mark property lines, provide protection against intruders, and more. Below you’ll find some specific applications for architectural railing.

Types of Architectural Railing Systems

Architectural Steel Railings and Modular Railing Systems

MFR’s architectural railing systems offer unparalleled options. When it comes to beauty, strength, and safety, MFR’s railings provide exactly what your clients need. This railing can be customized to fit virtually any property’s specifications. There are three main choices that clients can choose from when it comes to these railing systems: Select, Grigliato, and Custom. 

Select Architectural Railing and Modular Railing Systems

Select Architectural Railing and Modular Railing Systems

MFR’s newest railing system is called “Select” because it offers all sorts of options for design and building clients. These railings can fit various shapes, design aesthetics, materials, and other specifications. This flexibility means excellent client satisfaction because clients are sure to get exactly what they need from the project. Because the Select system is so versatile, it fits into all types of environments. MFR has installed Select railings in homes, commercial buildings, hotels, schools, and more. These rails can be installed both indoors and outdoors, and they have several color finish options

Grigliato Architectural Railing and Modular Railing Systems

Grigliato Architectural Railing and Modular Railing Systems

Just like the Grigliato fencing solution, the Grigliato railing solution is versatile and suitable for all kinds of environments. Grigliato railings can also be lightweight and easy to move. Whether indoors or outdoors, Grigliato railings provide beauty and safety. Clients and architects may also choose from several sizes and strengths in their railing patterns. Combine those options with the different color choices, and clients can have the perfect architectural railing systems for their projects

Custom Architectural Railing and Modular Railing Systems

Custom Architectural Railing and Modular Railing Systems

The MFR Corp team prides itself on providing a wide range of options for clients. Still, some clients need something different. Whether the client and architect have a specific vision in mind, or they need to get some ideas from an architectural railing expert, the MFR team can help. MFR team members will work directly with architects and their clients to create the perfect customized solutions for their needs. Then they’ll put their hard work, experience, and attention to detail into the project. The MFR team is happy to provide one-of-a-kind solutions for architectural clients. 

Architectural Railing: Applications, Examples, & Use Cases

Over the years, MFR Corp has installed architectural railing for stadiums, parking garages, large corporate buildings, universities, and so much more. Take a closer look at some of our most prominent projects, or read about the specific examples below.

Project: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA (Steelers Stadium)

Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA (Steelers Stadium)

Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA (Steelers Stadium)

One of our most recognizable projects is the architectural railing system at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. The project’s architect custom designed the gates, trusting MFR to handle the custom installation process. 

Project: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA (Phillies Park)

Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA (Phillies Park)

Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA (Phillies Park)

For the Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, MFR installed several systems, including facade screens, a balcony railing system, a stair rail system, and more. These projects used galvanized steel and powder coating. 

Project: Meadowlands Sports Complex, Meadowlands, NJ (Jets / Giants Stadium)

Meadowlands Sports Complex, Meadowlands, NJ

Meadowlands Sports Complex, Meadowlands, NJ

At the Meadowlands Sports Complex, the MFR team worked with architects to create 5,800 custom-sized railing panels for stairs, balconies, and other parts of the stadium. 

Project: TN Titans NFL Stadium, Nashville, TN

TN Titans NFL Stadium, Nashville, TN

TN Titans NFL Stadium, Nashville, TN

At the Tennessee Titans football stadium, MFR installed custom balcony railings, bleachers, a perimeter fence, ramps, and much more. This project spanned across indoor and outdoor spaces and used the Grigliato system. 

Project: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Staten Island Ferry Terminal

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Staten Island Ferry Terminal

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Staten Island Ferry Terminal

The Staten Island Ferry Terminal needed a stair and balcony railing system for better safety. We installed that system using galvanized steel. 

Project: Glen Oaks Campus, Queens, NY

Glen Oaks Campus, Queens, NY

Glen Oaks Campus, Queens, NY

For the Glen Oaks Campus in Queens, the client had several projects in mind. These projects included plenty of fencing and security gates, along with several railings. Using the Grigliato system for all these projects, we installed everything the client needed for the campus. 

Project: Iowa Event Center, Des Moines, IA

Iowa Event Center, Des Moines, IA

Iowa Event Center, Des Moines, IA

The Iowa Event Center has a railing project that stretched indoors and outdoors. We installed a stair railing and balcony railing system. 

Project: Green River High School, Green River, WY

Green River High School, Green River, WY

Green River High School, Green River, WY

Green River High School in Wyoming requested a stair and balcony railing system. The project would include outdoor spaces as well as indoor spaces. We installed the system using Grigliato panels. 

Project: Fort Lauderdale Airport, FL

Fort Lauderdale Airport, FL

Fort Lauderdale Airport, FL

At the Fort Lauderdale Airport, we installed a railing system at the Terminal 1 departure area. The project included panels, posts, and a galvanized steel top rail. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I get information on product specs? 

You can find the specs for all of our products by looking at the products page on our website. Each product listing comes with its own spec sheet. 

Do you have CAD drawings available? 

We do have CAD drawings available. You can find the CAD drawings for our architectural railings and other systems here

What finishes and colors do you have for each product? 

Our products come with a wide array of color and finish options. Our color options include white, black, red, green, and several others. You can check out your full range of options on this page. We apply our finishes with an eco-friendly powder coating that protects the product from corrosion. 

What are some projects you have worked on? 

The MFR Corp team has worked on several high-profile projects. We’ve taken on projects both large and small, and we treat projects of all sizes with equal importance and care. Some of our past projects include architectural railings for stadiums, train stations, parks, and more. You can see some of our completed projects here

Do you do custom fabrication? 

Yes, we offer custom fabrication. Learn more about our custom fabrication solutions here

Where can I find project photos of your products? 

You can find project photos on the “photos” section of our website. 

Where are your architectural railing products manufactured?

All our products, including our architectural railing products, are made right here in the USA. 

Do you offer a manufacturer’s warranty?

Yes, we offer a 20-year limited warranty

Can you send me an architectural binder?

Yes. Please fill out this form to request your architectural binder.

Other Projects

Heinz Field, Pittsburgh Steelers, PA
LP Field, TN Titans NFL Stadium, TN
NY Jets Giants Stadium, NY
Reese Stadium, Yale University, CT
Sprint Center, Kansas City, KS
RCA Dome, Indianapolis, IN
Citizen Bank Park, Phillies, PA
U Conn Stadium, CT
Everbank Field, Jacksonville, FL
IUPUI Sports Complex, Indianapolis, IN
Offut Airforce Base, NE
Midway Airport, Chicago
Harrisburg Int. Airport, PA
Fort Lauderdale Airport, FL
Walla Walla Airport, WA
McCarran Airport, Car Rental, NV
Austin Bergstrom Int. Airport, Austin, TX
Ford Motor Corporation, Chicago, IL
BMW of North America, NJ
GM Motor Corporation HQ, MI
General Motors World, MI
Hyundai Training Facility, AL
Daimler Chrysler, MI
Iowa Event Ctr., Des Moines, IA
Atlantic City Convention Center
Franklin County Courthouse, OH
Costco Wholesale Parking Garage
Wells Fargo Bldg, Saint Paul, MN
Chicago Park District
Dollar RentACar Facility, NY
Whitehall Ferry Terminal, NY, NY
US Border Fence El Paso Area
Google Office Facility, Waltham, MA
Meadowlands Rail Station, NY
SCRRA Eastern Maint. Facility, Riverside, CA
Las Brisas Comm. Housing, Signal Hill, CA
Amtrak Station, Springfield, IL
Howard Theatre Enclosure, Hyattsville, MD
E.A. Sports, Redwood City, CA
Walgreens Distr. Center, Dallas TX
West Palm Beach Water Treatment Plant, FL
Moreland Housing Auth, CA
Siemens Research Ctr, Indianaposlis, IN
Polution Reduction Facility Portland, OR
UNF Science & Engineering Bldg, AL
GE Southwind, Spartanburg, SC
Gas City Laraway Rd, IL
Eaton World Headquarters, OH
Tracy Multimodal Station, Livermore, CA
Tully Gardens, Palo Alto, CA
Bergen County Office Complex, NJ
Dept. of Veterans Affairs, AR
Paseo Affordable Housing, CA
Plattsburgh Post Office Annex, NY
Lolomas Senior Appartments, NM
La Pradera Apartments, NM
Credit Suisse RTP, NC
AIG Tennis Court, Bermuda
Bank of America, Palo Alto, CA
Charles R Drew Wellness Ctr., Columbia SC
Charlottetowne Retail Ctr., NC
“Transformers” Movie Set, Chicago
Costco Center, Norwalk, CT
Eastside Public Safety Training, CA
Raleigh Convention Ctr., Raleigh NC
Polish Center, Bedford Hills, NY
Hollywood Casino, Toledo, OH
UNO Wellness Ctr., New Orleans, LA
Friday Harbor Aiport, Burlington, WA
California Spine Center, Camarillo, CA
Multi Cultural Ctr., Chevy Chase, MD
Pioneer Corridor, ID
1400 5th Ave Condo, NY, NY
Balton Malow HQ, MI
Ludlow Parking, Dayton, OH
West Berkley Rail Stop, Napa, CA
Charles R. Drew Wellness Ctr., SC
Outagamie County Health Center, WI
SoCal Edison, CA
TX Dept. of Transportation, TX
Parkside Towers, Bakersfield, CA
Fire Station #8 Killen, TX
Michigan Ave Beautification, Chicago, IL
DEA Facility, Rosemont, IL
Cedars High Apartments, MN
NOLA Motorsports Park, LA
WMU Seelye Center, MI
Optima Towers, Evanston, IL
Griswold Conservation Area, Decatur, IL
Gas City, 151st, Lockport, IL
George Lake Trails Bridge, IN
Level 3 Communications Fac., Birmingham, AL
Walgreens Distr. Ctr., Toledo, OH
Gordon Rail Depot, GA
Citibank, Security Fence, Santa Ana, CA
Providence Housing Authority, Providence, RI
19th & Union, Chicago, IL
Greenwood Park, Baton Rouge, LA

Miami Beach Botanical Gardens, FL
New World Symphony, Miami, FL
Fidelity Investments Parking Garage, MA
NASA Space Administration, FL
New York City Park District
Niagra Falls Bridges, NY
Philadelphia Dept. of Recreation
600 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, PA
Spaceport America, NM
John Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
40th Ave Extension, Anchorage, AK
Harlem River Bridge, NY, NY
Gunakadeit Park, Douglas, AK
Barson Street Housing, Santa Cruz, CA
Toronto Police Station, Div11, Toronto
Capital Soccer Park, Raleigh, NC
Mohave County Sherrif’s Office, AZ
Macomb Youth Home, New Haven, MI
Xavier Art Village, Kenner, LA
Dayton Seaside Park, NY
Benneth Smith Family Life Ctr., NY
Lord of Life Lutheran Church, NY
Federal City Parking Garage, Salem, AL
Regional Arts Commission, MO
UC Davis Performing Arts, TX
John Muir National Historic Site, CA
Douglas Center Parking, Miami, FL
Ryder Center, Miami, FL
Erie Canal Project, NY
River Tower Parking Garage, NY
Con Ed 16th Street Station, NY
Syracuse Water Treatment Plant, NY
Racine Water Treatment Plant, WI
IPR Pharmaceuticals, Puerto Rico
Brentwood Fire Co, PA
Shaw Parking Garage, St. Louis, MO
Broward Transition Center, FL
Mosteller Parking Facility, PA
Continental Plaza, Kansas City, KS
Daffin Park, Statesboro, GA
Federal Express Facility, Des Moines, IA
Bay Street Condos, CA
Brownsville Housing, Paterson, NJ
City Center Law Enforcement Ctr, NE
Harris County Youth Center, Houston, TX
Hudson River Park, NY, NY
Hills Fire Station, Vallejo, CA
Walla Walla Airport, WA
General Hospital Parking, Baltimore, MD
Reed Park, Riverside, CA
ACC Parking Expansion, Riverside, CA
County Health Center, San Francisco, CA
Pritzker Park, Chicago, IL
Morgan Park, La Habra, CA
The Art Center of Houston, TX
South Bay Apartments, Norfolk, VA
Orange Grove Apartments, Los Angeles, CA
York Housing Authority, York, PA
Waukegan City Hall, MI
Montgomery County STP, KY
Placer County Land Dvlp. Bldg. CA
Harlan County Justice Center, KY
North Beach Parking, San Francisco, CA
Federal Reserve Warehouse, Baltimore, MD
Perham Hospital, St. Cloud, MN
Independence Grove, Lake County, IL
Children’s Garden, Lake County Forest Pres., IL
Martin County Court House, FL
River Park Mutual Homes, MD
United Christian Parish, Chantilly, VA
MD State Police, Columbia, MD
The Bank Note Bldg, NY
Cole Park, Chicago, IL
St. Thomas Parking Garage, Houston, TX
Center Point Garage, MD
Kennedy Krieger Institute, Frederick, MD
East County Court, OR
Beaumont Hospital, Chesterfield, MI
Port Imperial Garage, Plainfield, NJ
North Aurora Police Dept., IL
Meadowbrook, Comm. Center, MN
Betty Ford Children’s Ctr., CA
Northern Water Rec. Fac. Colorado Springs
Manorhaven Beach Park Pool, NY
Boston Housing Authority, Camden Street, MA
Gateway Gardens, Durham, NC
Butcher Dog Park, San Martin, CA
Capital One Fac. , Fort Worth, TX
Ballona Promenade, Santa Fe Springs, CA
SEI Parking Garage, NJ
AMTRAK Intermodal, NJ
30th St. Station Parking Garage, NJ
Santa Clara Mojave River Ranger Station, CA
Berkshire Intermodal, MA
Whole Food Market, Prince Frederick, MD
Sacramento River Water Treatment, CA

Harvard Univ, Weld Hill Research, MA
University of Utah, UT
North Georgia Tech College, GA
MSU Jenison Field House, MI
Penn State Univ. Water Tower
Riverside Elementary School, Elmira, NY
Colton Unified School District, Corona, CA
Washington & Lee University, Charlottsville, VA
Sonoma State University, CA
AL-AQSA Islamic Academy, Philadelphia, PA
Glen Oaks Campus, NY Schools, Queens, NY
LA Community College, CA
Ocean Education Center, CA
Hernando, Elementary “K”, Jacksonsville, FL
Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, GA
West Point Military Academy, NY
Gary Schultz Child Care, Penn State Univ., PA
Baldwin School, Reading, PA
Philadelphia University, PA
New Phoenix Pre K – 15 School, LA
LLL School, Clearwater, FL
Lloyd Hall, Riverdale School, Riverdale, NY
Young Res Hall, Kentucky State Univ, KY
Lee Summit High School, NE
New Orleans Children’s Hospital, LA
PA Highlands, Community College, PA
Brentwood Middle School, TN
Union Hill Elementary School, MA
Chesterfield Schools, MO
Trinity Episcopal Church, Kansas City, KS
West Portal Lutheran School, Pittsburgh, CA
BBC Campus Day Care, Boca Raton, FL
Jeffersonville Public Library, Loisville, KY
Michigan Tech, MI
Cherokee Highschool, NJ
Pembroke Elem. School, Newport News, VA
Parrish School, Omaha, NE
Chico State Univ., Sacramento, CA
KJ Ramaz School, Orangeburg, NY
Queens County Farm Museum, Queens, NY
Andrews Rec. Ctr., Youngstown State Univ., OH
Booker T. Washington, Element School, IL
Edison School, San Francisco, CA
PS370K Playground, NY, NY
Southwest High School, Albuquerque, NM
Hancock East Library, MS
Carey School, Belmont, CA
Harding Middle School, Steubenville, OH
Berry Head Start, Cincinnati, OH
HHH High School, Rockledge, FL
Mary Graham Children’s Ctr., Modesto, CA
Parkside Childcare Ctr., San Francisco, CA
Valley School, Des Moines, IA
WUSTL Learning Ctr., Cottage Hills, IL
Westview, High School, San Diego, CA
St. Jose Univ. Campus, CA
PS59 250 East High School, NY, NY
Edgewood Campus, Louisville, KY
Hercules School, Hayward, CA
Boyce Middle School, Cheswick, PA
Magnolia School, CA
Mc Nair High School, Sacramento, CA
Union Endicott Ctr. School Distr. NY
Parkway School, Trenton, NJ
Judge Baker Children’s Ctr., MA
McDaniel Elemt. School. Wilmington, DE
Temple Univ., Pearson McGonigle Hall, DE
May Goodrell Middle School, Des Moines, IA
South Lafourche HS, Thibodeaux, LA
Bradley University, Peoria, IL
Downingtown STEM Academy, PA
Hampton University Grand Stands, VA
University Ave Parking, Syracuse, NY
West Point Academy
Phillips High School, Raleigh, NC
Whitendale Akers High School, CA
Cephalon Data Center, Jamestown, NY
Greenwood Park, Baton Rouge, LA
Wonderland MBTA Parking, MA
Spokane County Parks and Rec Ctr.,
Puerto Rico Convention Ctr.
ITC Data Center, Ashland, VA
Mount Hope Comm. Ctr, Bronx, NY
USPS Postal Fac. Little Rock, AR
CPD 23rd District Parking Garage, Hobart, IN
Norpoint Park, Issaquah, WA
Savannah Dog Park, Savannah, GA
I95 St. Augustine Interchange, FLDOT, FL
112t at 12th Parking Garage, Kent, WA
I-93 Viaduct, Raynham, MA
Plainsboro Library, NJ
Sharonville, OH Project
NYC Park Improvements, New York, NY
Madison Branch Library, Brentwood, TN
John Witherspoon School, NJ
Swarthmore College, NJ
Ft. Couch Middle School, PA