A large white tarp now covers all the south-facing windows on the District Courthouse which is under construction in Rockville. As we know, the sun’s reflection off these windows was creating a “death ray”. The heat from the beam of light actually melted one car’s side view mirror mount. When you stood in it, you could definitely feel the extreme heat even on the coldest days of winter.
The Department of General Services of the State of Maryland installed the tarp on Saturday, January 22, 2011 as a temporary measure until a real solution could be found.
As you can see in this video, workers connected the bottom of the canvas to the building on Sunday. The wind was really blowing and you can barely hear my narration as this six-story covering flapped around.
A call to the Department of General Services regarding the size and cost of the temporary tarp went unanswered yesterday but if we can get any additional information, we’ll update this post. [UPDATE from a report on TBD: Bart Thomas with the Maryland Department of General Services tells TBD that the installation and tarp cost approximately $30,000 and measures 94 feet by 134 feet.]
The kids and I always enjoyed finding the Death Ray and standing in its bright white spot when we were cold so we’ll miss it. However, the ray was causing damage during warmer weather and something needs to be done.