Skip to comments.Crews pull out glass panels at W; experts still unsure what's causing breakage
Posted on 06/30/2011 5:48:23 PM PDT by Orange1998
Crews have started removing almost 1,000 panels of glass from balconies at the 37-story W Austin Hotel and Residences, a job that will likely extend into next week.
Replacement work cannot begin, though, until developer Stratus Properties learns what caused panels to shatter and fall three times in just over two weeks.
The downtown hotel temporarily closed its doors Tuesday night after a trio of panels rained down on the building's south side. On Monday, three other panels dropped onto nearby streets. No one was hurt in either of this week's incidents, but four people suffered injuries when two panels crashed into the W's pool area June 10.
By late Wednesday afternoon, a team of 12 two-man crews had cleared glass from balconies on several of the high-rise's upper floors.
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Steve Winn claims his hotels have class. In Austin, people would just appreciate reliable glass. Surely he could have bought from somewhere other than the schlock-masters in Communist China.
Anything and everything made in china is either junk or poisonous.
W Hotel officials in Atlanta have said that the incidents were "quite different" and "totally unrelated."
I wonder if expansion or contraction of the building is the problem or something in the Sill is corroding to put pressure on the edge of the glass. Or whatever little pads the glass is sitting on broke down to their is nothing left to the point of glass on metal and a little vibration on the edge and pow the glass breaks.
They had some great headlines back then
when fixing the glasses to the window sash, the high quality and the durable U-type glue is used instead of using the easy-aging and environmental polluted silicon ketone glass glue which not only convenient for fixing, but also according with the prevailing of environmental protection, and meanwhile, all the accessories is the commin accessories on sale in the market which is low cost and easy for the customer to select and to by
but it no last too long
I knew it before I read it. Saw the headline and thought to myself. Bet the glass was made in china. Sure enough, it was.
We arrived home one afternoon to discover that our entire sliding glass door was missing. It had broken in an odd way. There were no large pieces and all the small pieces were about the same size, roughly half inch square.
Since this was an entrance door we needed it replaced immediately. We called Dothan Glass and they came out within an hour and replaced it inexpensively and quickly.
One of the workers told us that tempered glass actually did that every now and then and it always breaks the same way.
You bet your glass ping...
Chinese glass plus Texas heat? What did they expect.
They had some glass problems in Dallas this week, as well.
Somewhere, Richard Nixon is smiling.
China Glass is also in after market windshields.
VERY GOOD article on the subject. Appears you can tell if it has “Glass Cancer” simple using a microscope.
***...learns what caused panels to shatter and fall three times in just over two weeks.***
Sounds like what happened to the Hancock Building in Boston several decades ago.
Look out CA ...their main Bay Bridge components are made in China.
Many of the parts have been rejected already.
Or Deng Xio Ping.
Same thing with trying to put holes in tempered glass - the imbalance of stresses will cause shattering. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvRgklsm6so
I’m half way around my house changing windows. Started about 20 years ago and at this rate, it’s quite possible that I’ll die before I get all the way around.
None of them have broken though. :)