BlastGARD Window Protection Film Defends Hoover Dam from Flying Glass and Terrorism.
Just days after the September 11 attacks, the facility manager at Hoover Dam, concerned about the safety of the facility, contacted ShatterGARD for a professional consultation and assessment on glass protection. Hoover Dam is considered a National Landmark and has been rated as one of America's Seven Modern Civil Engineering Wonders.
ShatterGARD's flagship product, BlastGARD™, a glass protection film, was originally developed for the U.S. military as a defense against bomb blasts, explosions and flying glass. Applied directly to a glass surface, BlastGARD work like an invisible coat of armor, strengthening the "weakest security link" - the glass - and making it virtually impenetrable to flying rocks, clubs, axes, ballistic attacks, vandalism and attempted break-ins. The film is virtually undetectable to the human eye and will not alter the appearance of the windows in anyway. In the event of a major explosion, BlastGARD helps hold the razor sharp glass fragments together, preventing flying shards of glass from becoming deadly weapons.
While Hoover Dam itself, which was considered a possible terrorist target, obviously has no glass or windows, other areas of the complex such as the visitor's center and parking garage do. According to Jordan Frankel, vice president of ShatterGARD, Inc. and an expert on glass fragmentation retention, Hoover Dam has a large administrative staff, equipment to operate the dam, sensitive computer equipment and hundreds of visitors a day who come for tours. "They were concerned about an industrial type of explosion or an act of terrorism where both property and the lives of workers and visitors would be in danger of flying glass," explained Frankel.
ShatterGARD films are normally applied to the interior portion of a facility and on the interior portion of the glass but that wasn't possible this time. Hoover Dam gave Frankel a unique set of challenges.
A good portion of the glass surrounding the parking garage was inaccessible from the inside due to obstructions from furniture, wiring and plumbing. Because the glass had to be installed on the outside, it had to be specially treated to withstand the area's weather conditions. To meet these challenges, ShatterGARD produced an exclusive film specifically for Hoover Dam, which was manufactured with a special exterior coating to weather the high heat and atmospheric conditions. The complete installation took about one month.
The facility management team at Hoover Dam chose glass retention film because unlike ballistic glass, BlastGARD can be quickly and easily installed without disruption to daily activities. At roughly 60 % the cost of ballistic glass, BlastGARD is also a far more cost-effective alternative. Additionally, the film is optically clear, distortion free, won't yellow over time and filters up to 98% of harmful UV radiation, protecting building interiors and sensitive equipment.
Hoover Dam is not alone in its use of ShatterGARD's window protection film. Military bases, government buildings, law enforcement agencies and commercial buildings worldwide including The FBI, The United States Naval Surface Warfare Center, NASDAQ and Wells Fargo Bank have received professional consultations and assessments on glass protection by ShatterGARD, Inc. and are using its products to protect their windows against terrorism.
BlastGARD glass protection film is available through a worldwide network of ShatterGARD authorized installers. Other ShatterGARD products include BurglarGARD, VehicleGARD and StormGARD. For more information, contact ShatterGARD, Inc. 4279 Roswell Rd NE. Suite: 102-124, Atlanta, Georgia 30342-3700; Toll free: 1-888-306-7998; website: www.shattergard.com
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