ADVANCED INTERLAYER SOLUTIONS
2006 Lifesaving protective glass technology used at Miami's new U.S. Federal Courthouse has been recognized by the nonprofit Protecting People First Foundation with its Safety Award. The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) was awarded the honor for the new Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. Courthouse, the first in the country designed to withstand both bomb blasts and hurricaneforce winds. The new building, the largest federal courthouse in the United States, spanning two city blocks, meets 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. Miami's Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. Federal Courthouse is designed to withstand bomb blasts and hurricane-force winds "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.
Trosifol® Clear and SentryGlas® interlayers are integral to the courthouse design in windows supplied by glass fabricator Viracon Inc.