In all building construction, safety and durability is paramount and this is especially true of structures erected in California, which must be built with earthquake safety in mind. The Southern part of the state can experience up to 10,000 quakes per year, although the majority are so small that they are not felt. When designing decorative glass signage and traction control flooring for the California Transit Authority Headquarters, Goldray Glass had to ensure both glass makeups were able to pass stringent performance criteria provided by the State. This was done by using tempered, laminated glass for both applications, as tempered glass offers superior tensile strength and laminated glass provides additional protection against fallout in the event of a break.
The decorative glass signage was installed in front of the Caltrans District 7 headquarters in Santa Monica and was chosen both for its resilience and aesthetic appeal. The glass flooring panels used on the building's second level were silkscreened with a specialized traction control ceramic frit to increase the anti-slip coefficient, making the floor safe for use. The floor panels were then laminated using a semi-opaque film interlayer to provide privacy, and increase the overall safety of the glass.