When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, Samuel J. Green Charter School experienced some flooding, but was spared significant damage; however, the aging facility, which was equipped with 1920s-style vintage wood windows, had its own obstacles to overcome.
Safe rooms are specially designed structures that offer an enclosed space for people to seek refuge in the event of extreme weather, such as tornadoes and hurricanes. These structures are designed to provide what the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) considers to be “near-absolute protection”—a term describing the level of protection necessary to significantly lower chances of people within the room suffering injury or death.
Hurricane resistance can be important in many applications, but for a 2015 veterans’ hospital project in central Florida, the consideration was critical. In response to this, the hospital installed weather-resistant metal wall panels tested to withstand a Category 3 hurricane.
Channel glass’ distinctive, self-supporting, U-shape makes it possible for design professionals to use glazing in new ways. The final part in this three-article series examines applications related to durability in the face of high winds, along with energy efficiency and colorfastness.