Easi-Set WorldWide, Midland, Va., completed a low-to-medium level blast analysis for their SlenderWall architectural precast concrete/steel stud building panel system. The analysis, performed by the Vicksburg, Miss., facility of Applied Research Associates, considered the Department of Defense Unified Facilities Criteria for medium-level blasts at conventional construction standoff distances for a primary-gathering building, and also included the Department of Homeland Security Interagency Security Committee Security Design Criteria for low-level blast requirements.
The analysis concluded that under these blast requirements the SlenderWall panel performed remarkably well and is an extremely viable option as a cladding that is required to withstand a moderate-level blast. Recently, Midland, Va.-based Smith-Midland Corp., a SlenderWall producer, was awarded a contract by the U.S. Army Legal Service Agency to produce an exterior cladding that would meet these blast requirements for an administrative building located on a military base. Smith-Midland won the bid and will be providing SlenderWall as the cladding of choice.