and Viracon Present Award to GSA for Investment in Glass Safety
The Protecting People First Foundation (PPFF), on behalf of DuPont
and Viracon, Inc., presented its Safety Award to the U.S. General
Services Administration (GSA) for its investment in lifesaving protective
glass technology in the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. United States Courthouse,
in Miami, Fla., at a presentation on May 11.
The award recognizes projects that "raise awareness of the hazard
of flying glass, most deadly in terrorist bombings and natural disasters."
GSA was previously honored by PPFF in 2003 for its work on the Murrah
Federal Building in Oklahoma City.
"We take very seriously our responsibility to construct government
buildings and facilities that provide a safe environment for employees,
as well as the public," said Edwin E. Fielder, Jr., regional administrator
of GSA's Southeast Sunbelt Regional Office. "We're extremely honored
that the Protecting People First Foundation is acknowledging GSA
with the Safety Award."
The Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. United States Courthouse is the largest
federal courthouse in the United States, spanning two city blocks.
It is also the first in the country with windows designed to withstand
bomb blasts and hurricane-force winds, meeting Miami's stringent
hurricane codes, as well as U.S. government security standards for
blast mitigation. The courthouse is part of the GSA's Design Excellence
Program, which commissions designers and artists to improve the
design and quality of federal buildings.
DuPont Glass Laminating Solutions supplied DuPont™ Butacite® and
SentryGlas® Plus laminated glass interlayers to glass fabricator
Viracon, Inc. for the courthouse project.