SentryGlas® Invigorates Times Square Landmark

Date: 17 April 2009
Source: DuPont
In a structure as theatrical as the shows for which it sells tickets, the TKTS Booth, long a fixture in the heart of New York City’s Times Square, has been made over into a glass structure that would not have been possible without the strength and protection of DuPont™ SentryGlas® interlayers.

For more than 30 years, New York City theater-goers have bought TKTS theater tickets from a construction trailer in Times Square. The new frameless, all-glass structure adds a modern twist to this highly popular attraction. Sales now are conducted at ticket windows sheltered by a red glass awning supported by glass walls, both made with layers of DuPont™ SentryGlas® interlayers. According to project engineer Michael Ludvik of Dewhurst, MacFarlane and Partners, safety was an obvious consideration in designing the all-glass public structure at this busy New York intersection. “This is the first public structure with glass-bearing walls in the world and it is also the world’s largest publicly accessible glass structure,” Michael said. “The SentryGlas® interlayers, with superior strength and rigidity, contribute to public safety.” “DuPont has a long tradition of protecting people, properties and operations around the world by putting our science to work,” said Bill Weber, vice president and general manager, DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers. “This groundbreaking application for SentryGlas® shows how DuPont materials can meet such needs yet also enable exciting new architectural designs.”In a structure as theatrical as the shows for which it sells tickets, the TKTS Booth, long a fixture in the heart of New York City’s Times Square, has been made over into a glass structure that would not have been possible without the strength and protection of DuPont™ SentryGlas® interlayers.

For more than 30 years, New York City theater-goers have bought TKTS theater tickets from a construction trailer in Times Square. The new frameless, all-glass structure adds a modern twist to this highly popular attraction. Sales now are conducted at ticket windows sheltered by a red glass awning supported by glass walls, both made with layers of DuPont™ SentryGlas® interlayers.

According to project engineer Michael Ludvik of Dewhurst, MacFarlane and Partners, safety was an obvious consideration in designing the all-glass public structure at this busy New York intersection.

“This is the first public structure with glass-bearing walls in the world and it is also the world’s largest publicly accessible glass structure,” Michael said. “The SentryGlas® interlayers, with superior strength and rigidity, contribute to public safety.”

“DuPont has a long tradition of protecting people, properties and operations around the world by putting our science to work,” said Bill Weber, vice president and general manager, DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers. “This groundbreaking application for SentryGlas® shows how DuPont materials can meet such needs yet also enable exciting new architectural designs.”

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