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The modern two-story 80,385 sq. ft. Pinellas County, FL operations building, built at a cost of $26.1 million in 2010, is constructed of re­inforced tilt-wall concrete precast wall panels, with a flat concrete composite roof and with structural steel interior. It is a fully-equipped emergency storm shelter, the first new construction project furnished with Winco tornado rated windows. Located in Clear­water, the sprawling multipurpose structure has achieved LEED GOLD certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

Tornado season came in with a vengeance the Spring of 2011 in pans of the southeast and in the Midwestern region known as Tornado Alley. In April more than 300 died in over 600 tornado-velocity storms - the worst month for U.S. tornadoes, smashing the previous record of 267 set in 197 4, ac­cording to the U.S. Weather Service. 

With tornado incidents on the rise, a new generation of heavy commercial aluminum windows and doors offers a higher degree of protection from wind damage. The 164 tornado-rated windows in the Pinellas County Emergency Response and Control Center, engineered and manufactured by Winco Window Company, St. Louis, MO., achieve a once-unobtainable level of protec­tion from extreme velocity storms approach­ing 200 mph. The windows are modified Series 3350 fixed units. Average window size is 4 ft. by 3 ft. The 1-½-inch IG glazing system consists of green-tint low-e lami­nated heat-strengthened glass with half inch polycarbonate interior panel.

 

 

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Clearwater , FL
United States

Products