Lake Charles Tower’s Window Damage Perplexes Engineers

Two businessmen working late in office

If built to code, outside wind alone should not have been able to produce that much damage.

October 5, 2020
Autumn Cafiero Giusti - Engineering News-Record

When Hurricane Laura came onshore Aug. 27 as a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 150 mph, it shattered windows on nearly every level of the 22-story Capital One Tower in the Lake Charles, La., business district. The glass damage is perplexing to engineers who study wind dynamics and window performance.

Reprinted courtesy of Autumn Cafiero Giusti, Engineering News-Record

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