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Giant curtain goes over Rockville courthouse 'death ray' windows

January 25, 2011 - 01:44 PM
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Rockville Courthouse
That's one serious reflection. (Image: ABC 7)

It seems that all sorts of solutions are being developed for problem windows in Montgomery County.

Earlier this week, we told you about how decals will hopefully prevent birds from flying into the Silver Spring Civic Building's windows. And now the new Rockville Courthouse "death ray" windows have gotten one serious window treatment.

Rockville Central reports that on Jan. 22, a giant tarp went up on the six-stories' worth of windows. Bart Thomas with the Maryland Department of General Services tells TBD that the installation and tarp cost approximately $30,000 and measures 94 feet by 134 feet.

“We have a sun ray problem with the building, and we’re working on how we can fix the problem permanently, which is going to be in a few months,” says Thomas. “The secretary [of the Department of General Services] wanted us to stop the ray, so we put up a tarp as a temporary measure.”

Thomas says that the permanent solution is in the works, but nothing has been submitted yet by the design firm responsible for the building design.

The tarp may not be the nicest thing to look at, but it's better than having plants (or even people) burned by the glare. Check out the video of the tarp going up, taken by Rockville Central's Cindy Cotte Griffiths:


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