Magazine article Security Management

Glass Houses

Magazine article Security Management

Glass Houses

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After the 1992 riots in Los Angeles, Jerry Holden, building superintendent for Times Mirror Square, home to the Los Angeles Times, stood amidst the shattered glass that once made up the building's windows. While surveying the damage, Holden noticed that although all of his first floor windows and some of those on the second floor were destroyed, the windows in the Bank of America branch on the corner remained firmly in place. The fact that the bank's cracked windows remained in their frames during the riots kept intruders out and saved the bank's interior from the barrage of Molotov cocktails that the surrounding properties suffered.

Holden immediately called Giroux Glass and asked the company to replace the broken windows with the kind of glass in the bank. Giroux Glass spent a week installing 7/16" heat-treated laminated replacement glass, which is made up of two pieces of glass, or lites, with polyvinyl butyral (PVB) in the middle. The glass, which was manufactured by Brite Vue Glass Systems of Pamona, California, has a .060 PVB inter-layer that holds the glass in place, even if it is cracked. …

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