Saturday, March 20, 2010

Inside the QVC Part III The Wall of Death

Because of the very large dimensions of the fossil bearing sandstone, the QVC was designed to have glass walls to maximize ambient light inside the building. Because of shifting of the building, glass panels would break and shatter and were replaced years ago with plexiglass. One the east side of the building, movement has been so extreme that the entire glass wall has pulled away from the foundation by as much as three inches and is hanging by the welds at the top of the wall. The gap between the wall and the foundation has been filled in over the years with foam to keep rodents out. Here are a series of photos showing the wall and some of its more interesting details.

As part of the building fix the entire glass wall will be removed, rebuilt, and anchored to the foundation.

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