USA: courthouse praised for use of blast resist glass

The exterior of the new federal courthouse in central Miami contains approximately 500 panes of glass. However, the use of blast resistant glass should allay any concerns among government employees as…

The exterior of the new federal courthouse in central Miami contains approximately 500 panes of glass. However, the use of blast resistant glass should allay any concerns among government employees as to how safe the structure would be in the event of a powerful hurricane or a terrorist attack, according to a non-profit group that advocates the use of technology to make buildings safer. The Protecting People First Foundation, created in memory of the victims of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, honored federal officials on 10 May 2006 for their use of blast-resistant glass in the new, 14-story Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. Federal Courthouse. Viracon Inc. supplied the glass panes, which contain a DuPont interlayer. The 53,000-square-meter courthouse is set to open in 2007.