The Lakeshore City Council is looking for a cost-effective way to deal with the giant glass windows at the Atlas Tube Recreation Center that can get quite hot to the touch.
A management report delivered to the council on Tuesday noted that it would cost more than $ 100,000 to replace 22 windows along the east wall of the facility.
After a discussion, the council asked management to investigate the effectiveness and price of awnings for the problem glass.
“We’re trying to lower the price a bit, but of course safety is the main concern,” Lakeshore Mayor Tom Bain said. “We don’t want anyone to burn their hands badly.”
Bain said officials recently learned of the problem after two or three incidents of people touching hot surfaces and “reported it to us.”
The seven-year-old facility is well used and the traffic in and around the sun-drenched windows in question has increased with the popularity of the adjacent outdoor dash and the addition of a paved walkway in 2018.
“There are a lot of little kids running around and people come that way to use the toilets,” Bain said. “There is a lot of traffic in the building that way.”
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The existing windows are tinted and there used to be awnings.
“Those awnings weren’t working,” Bain said. “They didn’t keep the windows cool. “
He said the manager will look for a new style of awning that covers more area and keeps the surface cooler.
A temporary barrier has been placed at the base of the windows to keep people out.