Volume 36, Issue 2, February 2001
Company Markets Hurricane Mitigation Glazing Evaluations
GCI, a company based in Midlothian, Va., is marketing a program in which it
will provide reports to hospitals on how prepared they are and should be for hurricanes.
The company says that through this program, which it has conducted in Florida, Delaware
and now in Virginia, for a fee, it will alert hospitals on how to upgrade their
hurricane-resistant glazing to meet requirements and protect patients. The fee, which
ranges from $3,500 to $6,900, includes travel and report preparation, GCI says. The
company warns that these survey recommendations will then by used by boards of
directors to plan for hurricane mitigation.
The company says it charges $3,500 for a typical one-day expert evaluation of a
hospitals glazing and a confidential written report with specific action
recommendations and budget options. For $5,000 a hospital can obtain a report on multiple
buildings with varied glazing systems, requiring a two-day evaluation. Finally, GCI offers
a three-day evaluation for five or more varied buildings for approximately $6,900. The
company has performed such evaluations on Miami Childrens Hospital in Florida and
the Beebe Medical Center in Lews, Del. On the Miami project, GCI not only provided the
evaluation, but also supervised the installation of the window upgrades.
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