DuPont Safety Glass Enables Thrilling Views At Tallest Building In North America

Date: 6 August 2009
Towering above the Chicago skyline at 1, 450 feet, Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) is the tallest building in North America.

Its newest feature – the "Skydeck Ledge" – are all glass viewing booths that provide a heart-pounding, but safe view, thanks to DuPont SentryGlas structural interlayers. Since the Skydeck Ledge opened in July, thousands of visitors each day have enjoyed the thrill-seeking experience. Visitors can enjoy the experience safely because it was constructed to bear five tons of weight. The decking construction, laminated with SentryGlas, is 1.5 inches thick, offering five times greater strength and 100 times greater stiffness than conventional laminating interlayer materials.
"The Skydeck Ledge is a terrific example of how we are putting DuPont science to work to protect people and buildings," said William F. Weber, vice president and general manager - DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers. "This high-performance material is designed to withstand high winds and weight loads, so it can be used in places where glass alone could never have been used."
SentryGlas is a key component of many public buildings, including the recently refurbished TKTS Booth in New York City, the first public structure with glass bearing walls; the Bolzano Museum in Italy; London's Westfield Mall, Europe's largest shopping center; Miami's U.S. Federal Courthouse and many others.

Read full story here.

600450 DuPont Safety Glass Enables Thrilling Views At Tallest Building In North America

See more news about:

Others also read

CGH to exhibit architectural glass solutions at GlassBuild America
CGH will be joined in booth #751 by J.E. Berkowitz (JEB), Dlubak Specialty Glass, Global Security Glazing, Solar Seal, and Columbia Commercial Building Products.
SentryGlas® delivers clarity, strength and safety at Shum Yip Upperhills
Laminated glass using SentryGlas® was chosen for safety and insulating glass was specified to improve thermal performance.
New: arcon decochrome oHT – chrome mirror with optional tempering
arcon decochrome oHT – mirror-like lustre in chrome.
Luminous White Walls at Frankfurt Airport’s Terminal 1
Luminous White Walls at Frankfurt Airport’s Terminal 1.
Diamonds are forever at new Crossrail station
Artwork doesn’t usually measure over 50 metres long and weigh several tonnes, but that’s the challenge that Wrightstyle has to overcome as it completes work on Farringdon station on London’s Crossrail project.
A perspective of glass and the terrorist threat
Jane Embury, Wrightstyle’s marketing director, looks at how blast-resistant glazing came about.

From industry

10924 Granite Street, Suite 200
Charlotte, NC 28273
United States

Schaliënhoevedreef 20-D,
2800 Mechelen

Add new comment