Fort Worth Crime Lab
Fort Worth, Texas
The Fort Worth Police Department has a rich history dating back to the days of the “Wild West.” Today, the tumbleweeds have long since blown away and it now patrols Fort Worth, one of the largest cities in Texas with an estimated population of 741,206. Lead by Police Chief Jeffrey Halstead, the 1,562 officers and 452 civilians who make up the FWPD help keep Fort Worth safe and retain its title of one of “America’s Most Livable Communities.”
Part of what helps the FWPD keep their beautiful city safe is the Crime Lab and Property Evidence Room recently renovated using Pittsburgh Corning High Performance Systems Ballistic Resistant Windows. The project was originally designed with plans to use hollow glass block, but that product didn’t have the balllistic resistant qualities that were required for this type of structure.
“We recommended our Ballistic Resistant Windows to the architects at VAI who headed up the project,” said Mary Lynn Bruce, Market Product Manager, Pittsburgh Corning. “The project specifications called for ballistic resistance and our windows met the UL 752 requirements while also providing daylighting to the space. The steel framed windows feature Pittsburgh Corning’s proprietary VISTABRIK® laminated glass blocks which provide enhanced security as well as resistance to forced entry. The architect realized the extra security added from using High Performance Systems would be vital for this project.”
If you’ve ever seen TV shows like CSI, you can imagine the kinds of tests run by forensic scientists in the lab that might require the privacy and security offered by Pittsburgh Corning High Performance Systems. Additionally, these kinds of rooms house sensitive information, evidence, and valuables — all of which could be targeted during a break-in. Pittsburgh Corning’s Ballistic Resistant Windows were perfect for the Crime Lab and Property Evidence Room because they are resistant to ballistics and forced entry, while still allowing natural light into the room. With the strength and durability of steel and glass, they offer maximum security without “locking up” the budget, which is why many police stations choose them for renovations and new builds.