Grand Canyon Skywalk Induction Ceremony

The Grand Canyon glass Skywalk was officially inaugurated yesterday in a ceremony featuring Hualapai tribal elders and former astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

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.

CLICK HERE to see the DuPont press release.

CLICK HERE to view the Saint-Gobain press release.

CLICK HERE for more information on the Grand Canyon Skywalk.