Seminole County spends $165K on 'window gaskets' for courthouse

Seminole County spends $165K on 'window gaskets' for courthouse

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SANFORD, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

Seminole County will spend $165,000 to replace window gaskets at the old courthouse, now used for civil cases. Fleet and Facilities Manager Ed Bayton says they are not going for the actual windows though.

"The building is in, well over 40 years old, and the thing that we are trying to replace are what we call the sunscreens on the building."

The actual windows for this building are inside of a set of sunscreens. Bayton says age has worn the rubber and some of the fasteners that hold that glass to the masonry, and there is concern about hurricanes.

"We are concerned that in a big wind event, we could actually lose some glass or even a frame come off the building."

FOX 35 wanted to know if the county looked at less expensive alternatives. Bayton says they looked at multiple options.

"What we determined was the increase in cooling load for the building as a result of removing those sunscreens, over time would more than compensate for the 165 thousand dollars we're paying to keep them in place."

Seminole County also looked at the aesthetics in making their decision.

"We actually did renderings to find out what the building would look like with and without the panels," Bayton said. "I think it's good news that we decided that the economics favored the glass staying, because I think without the glass, nobody would recognize the building."

Would have been slightly ugly?  "It would have been very different than it looks today," said Bayton with a laugh.

No water made it's way inside the courthouse.

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