W Hotel set to install new, stronger glass panels
Final repairs will soon begin on balconies at the W Austin Hotel and Residences in Texas, according to a Jan. 20 Austin American-Statesman report. Workers will install about 1,000 lites of SentryGlas, a product from DuPont that can withstand hurricane-force winds and even bomb blasts, according to its manufacturer. 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.
The cause still hasn't been determined with 100 percent certainty. Installation should be complete in May, and the contractors, not the developer, will pick up the tab for the $2.5 million project, according to the article.