Safe and sunny: courthouse glass set to sustain bomb blasts, storm debris and wind

February 6, 2007

The basics: The $80 million, 15-story, 457,000-square-foot United States Federal Courthouse in Jacksonville, Fla., features laminated glass curtain wall façades on all sides, allowing ample natural light while meeting strict security requirements from the General Services Administration.
The players: Architect, HLM Design, Orlando, Fla.; glass fabricator, Viracon, Owatonna, Minn.; interlayer manufacturer, Solutia Inc., St. Louis; curtain wall and window system supplier, and contract glazier, Masonry Arts Inc., Bessemer, Ala.; curtain wall engineer: Heitman & Associates, St. Louis.
The glass: Insulating, laminated glass with Saflex polyvinyl butyral interlayer between lites of heat-strengthened glass; low-emissivity coatings on some lites.

Learn more about this project in the April 2006 issue of Glass Magazine or click here.