The tornado caused millions of dollars in damage, but no one was seriously injured…even the landscaping was dug up because of fallen glass.
The Hilton Hotel at Branson Landing will officially reopen September 15, more than six months after it was damaged by the Leap Day tornado. Since the February 29 EF-2 twister, 3,400 energy-efficient replacement windows have been installed at the hotel.
Nearly every piece of furniture and nearly all the carpet in the 12-story hotel will be new. The outside of the hotel will have a new look, too.
The Hiltons of Branson say new thermostats in all the guest rooms have a motion-detector system, allowing the room temperature to return to a pre-set level when the room is not occupied.
The temporary closure cost some team members their jobs. There are plans to rehire staff once the hotel reopens this fall. The Branson Convention Center, which sustained less damage than the adjacent hotel, reopened in the late spring.
For more: http://ozarksfirst.com/fulltext?nxd_id=691972
Glass panels were removed from balconies on the 37-story, $300 million building in mid-2011 after eight panels shattered on three separate occasions in June, raining glass into the hotel´s pool area and onto adjacent streets.
Final repairs will soon begin on balconies at the W Austin Hotel and Residences, with workers set to install about 1,000 panes of specially engineered glass that can withstand hurricane-force winds and even bomb blasts, according to its manufacturer.
- SentryGlas, a product from DuPont, was determined to be the right choice, Armstrong told the American-Statesman.
- The contractors, not Stratus, will pick up the tab for the $2.5 million project, Armstrong said. About $500,000 has already been spent removing the original glass, as well as providing security guards and protective walkways while that work was under way.
- SentryGlas has an interlayer that holds together shattered panes, according to Harvey. But, he said, its interlayer is much, much tougher than typical laminated glass — 100 times stiffer and five times stronger.
- Instead of brackets on the sides, the glass will now be inset with stainless steel mounts at the top and bottom of each panel.
For more: http://www.glassonweb.com/news/index/14953/
“…12, two-man repair crews have begun to remove glass balcony panels. By 5 p.m. Thursday, about 600 glass panels on the north, south, east and west sides of the building had been removed from the balcony frames and secured. Meanwhile, temporary engineered wood panels were prepared for installation on each balcony…”
At about 8 p.m. Wednesday, barricades, flashing police car lights and TV station vans surrounded the normally life-filled W Austin Hotel and Residences. The luxury brand is usually a beacon of fun, sending the sounds of music, drinking and conversation down the busy Second Street District.
Engineers and experts continue to investigate why glass came tumbling down from the tower, forcing one of Austin’s most talked about destinations to close just before the busy July Fourth weekend.
For more: http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/blog/big-picture/2011/06/w-austin-hotels-life-after-falling.html
“….two glass panels fell from balcony railings of two unoccupied condominium units on the 24th and 25th floors and landed in the pool area…”
The hotel’s general manager, Drew McQuade, told the newspaper that four people were treated for cuts and other injuries.
“It was not packed, but there were a fair amount of guests at the pool,” McQuade said. “We feel fortunate that there were not more people injured.”
The incident, which occurred June 10, recalls the May 28 tragedy at the W Hotel in Midtown in which two women fell through a glass window in their 10th floor hotel room. LaShawna Threatt, 30, was killed in that incident and Cierra Williams, 28, was critically injured. Witnesses said the two women were engaged in “horseplay” when they crashed through the window.
McQuade said engineering experts were investigating the incident.
For more: http://www.ajc.com/news/glass-panels-fall-from-979520.html
“…how did two young women crash through windows of the Midtown W Hotel on Saturday, May 29th….One woman died, the other is severely injured…”
“…The windows go floor to ceiling and do not appear to be double paned windows. There is a barrier about 40 inches up from the floor…The City of Atlanta says no permits were issued for new windows and no permit inspection was done for window installation…”
According to Fulton County property tax records, the building was constructed in 1974 and was taken over by Noble Investment Group from Starwood Hotels and Resorts. It then underwent a 50 million dollar renovation project in 2007.
The City of Atlanta says no permits were issued for new windows and no permit inspection was done for window installation. We’ve asked whether or not the existing windows would meet today’s safety standards. We are still waiting for a response.
“Just within an instant, they literally, flew out of the window,” Raymond Hamilton said as he describe how he watched the horrible scene early Saturday morning.
The fiancé of the woman who died has many questions. Even though he says he’s heard nothing from the Midtown W Hotel or its management he plans to continue to seek answers and so do we.
For more: http://www.11alive.com/news/article/192882/40/Tragic-fall-at-W-Hotel-raises-window-safety-concerns-