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Schuylerville Central School Window Film

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The purpose of this letter is to recognize the good work of Michael P. Kelly and New England Security Film, LLC.

Mr. Kelly (New England Security Film, LLC) has “hardened” all the entrances and associated areas at the Schuylerville Central School District, approximately a year and a half ago. The installation was smooth and professional. We are very satisfied with the Madico window film and its performance on the main entrances thus far. We are looking into moving forward with hardening all lower level windows in our schools in the same manor.

I can’t say enough for Mr. Kelly’s reliability, honesty, and hard-working work ethic. I would not hesitate to recommend him and his company to anyone. Please contact me with any further questions about New England Security film and Mr. Michael P. Kelly.

Sincerely,

Mr. Peter V. Riggi

Ballston Spa Capital Construction Project Reference

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I am writing this letter on behalf of the New England Security Film Company.

We are a Pre-K/12 School District in the Capital Region, located in Saratoga County. Our District is approximately 820,000 Square Feet of space and we have approximately 4,300 FTE students.

Over the last the last three years, we have been involved in a Capital construction project that has a value of approximately $55M. As a change order in the early phases of that project, we added the hardening of our renovated entrance glass and entrance side lights. New England Security Film was selected to perform this work.

It became clear early that both the level of quality and the attention to detail in the finished product was producing a greater value than anticipated with this work. As our project is currently winding down, we have continued to engage New England Security Film to further enhance our facilities.

Work awarded beyond the original scope of the contract includes vulnerable ground-level windows, glass areas inside our gymnasiums, hallway display cases, wire glass stairway panels, and classroom doors with wide glass panels.

The work has been completed to complete satisfaction, on time, and always on budget. I would welcome any additional opportunity to provide a reference for New England Security Film on request.

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central Schools Reference

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This is a letter of recommendation for New England Security Film, LLC. Owned and managed by Michael Kelly. Michael Kelly’s company has completed a number of Security Film projects for our school district over the last few years. All have been performed very successfully, on time, and in an extremely professional manner. I without hesitation would support the company and its products.

If additional information is needed, I can be contacted at 518-3 68-8821.

Sincerely,

 

Thomas Quinn

Construction Manager

Glass Risk Assessment – Impact / Safety / Security

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NYSED’s Office of Facilities & Planning “strongly recommends” that “all existing wire glass locations be evaluated for potential impact and injury.”  [see: Wire Mesh Glass Post]  Why not evaluate ALL glass for potential impact and injury?  Why not also assess the potential for security breach in the event of glass breakage?  This is what we have been doing for some of our clients and they are finding it extremely useful.  Once a glass risk assessment is completed, the school facilities professional can logically plan for glass safety and security improvements.  In most cases, the safety and security risks are greatly diminished once Madico security window film is installed.

The risk assessment for glass considers the following characteristics of the glass:

  • The location of the glass (door lite, sidelite, window, transom, showcase, etc.)
  • The type of glass identified (annealed, tempered, laminated, textured, plastic)
  •  The glass configuration (monolithic or double-glazed)
  • Glass manufacturer information (glass tag or etching, if any)
  • How it will act if it is broken (shards, spall, wire, granular)

From here, risk assessments are made as follow: 

Impact – How likely the glass is to be impacted.  Doors are considered at “High” risk for impact while sidelites are “Moderate” and transoms are “Low”.

 

 

Safety – If the glass breaks, how likely is the risk of serious injury from broken glass.  Annealed glass has a “High” risk because it can form large dangerous shards, while tempered glass has a “Low” risk because of the way it granulates when it breaks.

 

 

Security – If the glass is broken, are the school’s Lock-Down/Lock-Out and Shelter-In-Place procedures compromised.  Yes = “High” risk.  No = “Low” risk.  Some glass has no real bearing on security (showcases, hallway doors, etc.).

 

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Finally, a spreadsheet is created to show the glass risk assessment in its entirety and to use as a planning document for prioritizing glass safety and security improvements throughout the school district.  Here is an example:

 

 

And here is an example of the updated spreadsheet after the installation of Madico Safety & Security Window Film:

 

 

Please contact New England Security Film for more information or if you would like to schedule an appointment for a glass risk assessment at your school or business location.

Public Elementary School Brings its Fire-rated Wire Mesh Glass up to Code with Madico SafetyShield Film

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The Challenge:

A public elementary school located in Ballston Spa, N.Y. had windows with re-rated wire mesh glass that did not meet impact standards in accordance with New York State and/or national building codes. The glass was installed prior to 1977, when impact glass standards were adopted into the National Building Code, and was “grandfathered” for continued use.

Wired glass was used to create a fire stop at each landing of the three stairwells that provide access to each door in the elementary school. e wired glass doors and sidelites are located in what is considered a “high impact area,” meaning that there is a chance that a child or other person could impact the glass in these areas and potentially su er a serious injury. Additionally, the New York State Education Department Office of Facilities and Planning had issued specific recommendations to New York public school officials regarding solutions to make wired glass safer that had to be followed.

The Solution:

The local school district consulted with various experts regarding the best method of making their wired glass safer for the school’s occupants and in adherence with the National Building Code. Wired glass is only half as strong as regular plate glass so a sophisticated solution was needed to transform the glass into impact resistant. Michael Kelly of New England Security Film evaluated the school’s wired glass doors and sidelites as well as overall safety and security needs and recommended SafetyShield 800, a clear, 8 mil thick safety film.

The Results:

The installation of the SafetyShield 800 film raised the safety level of the wired glass to that of the safety/impact resistant glass required and is essentially invisible. Moreover, the film does not adversely affect the performance of the wired glass as an effective fire stop, as the fire ratings of the wired glass remain unchanged by the addition of security window film. The school district was very pleased with this easy and affordable solution for the elementary school that will help to keep students safe and secure.