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Fabricators, glaziers work overtime in Atlanta

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Glass fabricators and glazing contractors are working overtime to get buildings closed up fast in Atlanta after a March 14 tornado ravaged the city and left many windows, skylights and curtain walls damaged. Click here to read a March 17 article about the glass damage from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Less than three weeks after the tornado tore through downtown, glaziers started moving from “stabilizing buildings to repairing buildings,” says Mike Nielsen, president of W.S. Nielsen Co., Alpharetta, Ga. During the first weeks after the storm, crews worked to secure buildings for occupant safety. In addition to boarding windows, “we were clearing out glass that could fall on the CNN Center, installing netting in the interior lobby of the [Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel] so there’s not a safety issue with the skylight glass,” Nielsen says. Fabricators also jumped into action immediately after the storm, working with glaziers, architects, general contractors and building owners to “learn the type of help needed,” says Mike Winkler, field sales representative for Atlanta region for Viracon, Owatonna, Minn. “From there we develop a plan to identify and match the glass types of the damaged buildings. Then, with as much importance, we define delivery schedules that allow the damaged buildings to be repaired with as little downtime as possible.” Viracon is working to replace glass on several buildings, including The Omni Hotel North Tower, Georgia World Congress Center and Centennial Tower. “We are also working to identify the glass types on many of the other damaged buildings,” Winkler says. Mike Fortner, of Oldcastle Glass, Santa Monica, Calif., says Oldcastle Glass met with officials from the CNN Center and W.S. Nielsen to develop a similar plan on the high-profile complex. “There was skylight damage, curtain wall damage and window damage,” Fortner says. “After deciding how to reglaze in phases, we went through a new product development strategy. We were able to convince the CNN officials to use a laminated insulated product in lieu of standard insulating glass. … The key to selling the upgrade, laminated IG, hinged on being able to expedite product.” Oldcastle Glass was able to deliver the laminated glass in five working days, Fortner says. To date, Oldcastle Glass is replacing about 18,000 square feet of glass, Fortner says. Max Perilstein, vice president of marketing for Arch Aluminum & Glass, Tamarac, Fla., says Arch responded to the Atlanta tornado the same way that it has learned to respond to hurricanes. “Emergencies like this call for outside-the-box thinking to take care of customers,” he says. “[In Atlanta] our local salesperson Scott Goodman worked literally around the clock getting to all his accounts, making sure they knew we would make special arrangements to help.” Arch shifts production schedules and trucking routes to meet emergency needs, Perilstein says. “We've been throughout the downtown area and supplied material at the Omni Hotel among others,” he says. “It’s hard to say which [building] is the worst. It was all pretty rough—a lot worse then people outside of the area can imagine.”

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—By Katy Devlin, commercial glass & metals editor, Glass MagazineShare this article:

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