70th Floor All-glass SkySlide Opens in L.A.

The SkySlide, a clear glass-enclosed chute affixed to the outside of the U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles, going from the 70th floor to the 69th, opened this weekend.

At 45 feet long and hovering 1,000 feet above the pavement, the slide is made of three-ply glass, 1.25 inches thick, made to withstand hurricane-force winds of up to 110 miles per hour. Steel outriggers hold it all together. 

"The slide actually transports people from the inside of the 70th floor to the outside of the 69th 
floor. So you're standing in the open air by the time you're done with your ride," said OUE Americas senior vice president John Gamboa. "We don't know of anything else like it."

No machines were used to attach the slide to the side of the building. Construction crews used a complex pulley system to inch the slide into the correct position. Months of testing at each stage ensured the slide was safe for use. One crucial test involved loading the slide full of sandbags to demonstrate a maximum stress level, Gamboa said.

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