Grand Canyon Skywalk Induction Ceremony
The Grand Canyon glass Skywalk was officially inaugurated yesterday
in a ceremony featuring Hualapai tribal elders and former astronaut
While some continue to argue the merits of the structure as a viable
revenue-generating resource for the tribe others see it as a desecration
of sacred tribal ground. But the people and companies involved in
the construction of the Skywalk put aside differences to celebrate
their engineering accomplishment.
The glass industry is touting its involvement as well.
In press releases dated today, glass manufacturers DuPont Safety
Glass and Saint-Gobain proudly announced their respective involvement
in the Skywalk. Ultra-clear DuPont was used on the SentryGlas®
Plus structural interlayers for the flooring of the Skywalk.
Meanwhile Saint-Gobain announced the use of its low-iron Diamant®
glass for the flooring of the Skywalk. The two products mentioned
were engineered for maximum clarity, and work together to form the
floor of the Skywalk, which is two inches thick. The Skywalk is
reported to be strong enough to withstand winds of up to 100 miles
per hour and an earthquake of up to 8.0 on the Richter scale.
The Skywalk opens to the public on Monday.
HERE to see the DuPont press release.
HERE to view the Saint-Gobain press release.
HERE for more information on the Grand Canyon Skywalk.