PGT Innovations to Assess Damage Post-Irma

Window & Door
September 28, 2017

Engineers from PGT Innovations Inc. joined a statewide effort to assess post-storm building damage. Dean Ruark, director of product management, PGT Innovations, and an expert in building codes, as well as PGTI professional engineers Lynn Miller and Robert Beaird, will contribute to a study led by the University of Florida to examine the impact of Hurricane Irma on buildings and infrastructure throughout the state.

“I’m eager to contribute to this important analysis. It’s essential to examine the damage on the ground to learn how buildings performed against a major hurricane,” says Ruark. “The Florida Building Commission has already taken many vital steps to keep people and buildings safe from major storms. We expect to see that newer buildings performed well against Hurricane Irma which will affirm the need for strong building codes as well as strict code enforcement in places vulnerable to hurricanes.”
The assessment, led by David O. Prevatt, Ph.D., PE, Civil and Coastal Engineering Department, University of Florida, will rapidly collect data on the immediate post-storm condition of buildings before clean-up. The team will also identify specific areas in Florida for more extensive surveys of building damage. The analysis will identify weaknesses and strengths in the remaining structures. PGTI engineers will contribute data to the study and also examine the performance of PGT impact-resistant windows and doors in areas most affected by the storm.
For the building industry, this research can help inform future design of more resilient buildings. For PGT Innovations, Ruark hopes to identify ways to invent safer, stronger and smarter impact-resistant windows and doors.