How to Specify Impact-Resistant Curtainwalls
A building's performance under attack is of utmost importance. Beyond retaining its structural integrity, it should also protect people from debris and air blast – a challenge made even greater with the prevalence of curtainwalls on the current building stock. Airborne debris is responsible for 75 percent of the damage and injuries resulting from a blast, according to the National Institute of Building Sciences.
The Wayne L. Morse U.S. Courthouse in Eugene, Oregon by DLR Group.
Ultimately, says DLR Group’s Jessica Marquardt, AIA, a Seattle-based architect, “designing to a defined threat is key to specifying the right framing system.”