Volume 7, Issue 1, January - February 2003

PGC Report
       Scott Haddock

Protective Glazing Solutions for Homeland Security

On November 21-22, 2002, the Protective Glazing Council (PGC) held its National Symposium “Addressing the Needs, Technologies and the State-of-the-Practice” at the General Services Administration (GSA) headquarters in Washington, D.C. The timing couldn’t have been better with President George W. Bush signing the Homeland Security Bill that week. (See "Safe and Secure" for related story.)

Interacting with GSA
The first day’s agenda started with a keynote address from one of the survivors of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon. Deputy assistant secretary of defense Senate Affairs Dan Stanley recounted the dramatic events as they unfolded that day and how the newly installed blast- and bullet-resistant windows helped save lives. 

The newly renovated section of the Pentagon had just been completed with a number of security upgrades and security windows were one of the major components. They were designed to a level that, in many cases, allowed enough time for a number of people to evacuate the facility with minor injuries and, most importantly, their lives. 

The PGC board of directors decided the National Symposium would be an excellent opportunity to showcase an event where a well-designed and installed protective glazing system proved to be a success story in the face of terrorism.

The two-day, four-session event began with a session chaired by Joseph L. Smith, Applied Research Associates (ARA). James T. Brokaw of ARA presented a review of the GSA/ISC criteria with an emphasis on the Interagency Security Committee (ISC) standards. Bruce Hall of the GSA reported on testing standards and recent results, highlighting the testing performance levels of wet-glazed and structural wet-glazed film and laminated glass systems, as well as interior retrofit windows. 

The Department of Defense (DOD) criteria was presented by Curt Betts of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Protective Design Center (USCOE). 

Betts discussed the DOD requirements for new and existing facilities. One of the more important discussions to come from the presentation was the DOD requirements for leased facilities. These could have a significant impact for the retrofit film industry. 

Andy Remson of the U.S. Department of State gave the final presentation for the session. He discussed the importance of window systems that can withstand forced entry, ballistics and blast resistance.

Steven C. Smith from GSA Headquarters began the second session of the symposium by discussing the GSA Glass Fragment Hazard for Windows program status and funding. Amit Datta, engineer and project manager for GSA National Capital Region, discussed the implementation and management of existing projects for windows in federal facilities. 

The session concluded with a presentation from Ed J. Conrath of the USCOE Omaha Protective Design Center about the ASTM committee F12 Security Products and Services.

Industry Experts Speak
The speakers for the second and final day of the PGC symposium included Russ Huffer of Apogee, consultant Gordon Smith, Darrell Smith of the International Window Film Association, Julie Schimmelpenningh of Solutia, Mark Oakes of Intellimar and Nick Routh of Bekaert Specialty Films.

Everyone from film manufacturers, to security glass fabricators, to contractors and engineering services had an opportunity to show their products and capabilities to a wide range of federal government contacts across the board at a trade show after the sessions.

With the success of the national symposium, PGC is pleased to announce its first regional symposium will be held in San Francisco with GSA’s Region 9 the first week in June 2003. Look for further details on the PGC website, www.protectiveglazing.org

I look forward to seeing you there. 


Scott Haddock is president of the PGC and GlassLock of San Jose, Calif.


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