Uniland to ensure Avant Building is safe after falling glass incident

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Last Thursday, News 4 aired a story about a car damaged by glass falling from the Avant Building.

Now the company that owns it, Uniland, says it is committed to making sure the building is safe and taking steps to make sure no one gets hurt.

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Lou Bordonaro contacted News 4 last week concerned for his wife’s safety, as well as the public’s, after glass fell off the Avant Building, hitting her car below.

“If this is happening more than just a freak incident, what if the next time is personal injury?” he questioned. “It’s glass falling from a building and that’s not supposed to happen.”

Bordonaro said it’s not the first time his wife has seen glass fall from the downtown high-rise.

“I’d like them to take the necessary steps to protect the public and the city to be involved. Is the city even aware of it?” said Bordonaro.

The city has sent a building inspector to investigate. Now we’re hearing more from Uniland, who owns the building.

The company says it’s taking those necessary steps to ensure public safety. In statement, Uniland says, “An entire pane of glass did not fall to the ground; the window apparently cracked and “spidered,” and some small pieces fell out.” Adding, “We are grateful no one was hurt. We regret the damage caused to the car.”

Uniland said all of the glass meets industry standards and building codes, but effective immediately it is “implementing an enhancement to our preventative maintenance plan whereby visual inspections of the glass exterior will occur daily.”

Uniland said it has also contacted the glass manufacturer to find out how and why this could have happened. It’s also hired an independent engineer to inspect the glass.

Finally, Uniland assures the public that it “will take the necessary steps recommended to minimize the risk of this reoccurring.”

Uniland says they will also pay for the $5,200 in damage caused to the Bordonaros’ car.

There are 4,600 pieces of glass on the Avant Building.

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