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FirstEnergy Stadium, home of the Cleveland Browns, may be covered in the same cladding as Grenfell Tower, AP reports

A luxury Baltimore hotel, a mixed-use building in Denver and an Alaskan High School may also have used the cladding.

July 20, 2017 |
The exterior of FirstEnergy Stadium, home of the Cleveland Browns

Photo: Tim Evanson, flickr

FirstEnergy Stadium, where the Cleveland Browns play their home games, may be covered in the same cladding used on Grenfell Tower, according to the Associated Press. The cladding is being investigated as a possible accelerate in the tragic London fire that killed at least 80 people last month.

In promotional brochures on Arconic’s (the company that sells the panels) website, FirstEnergy Stadium is listed as using 100,000 sf of the cladding in question on its exterior. Additionally, the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront hotel, an Alaskan high school, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport’s Terminal D, a nine-story mixed-use building in Denver, and six Early Development Education Centers for the Detroit Public School System are also listed as having used the cladding.

However, because in many cases the building records have been discarded, the owners, operators, contractors, and architects are unable to confirm if Arconic’s Reynobond panels were used on any of the structures in question.

A spokesman for Cleveland’s mayor would not confirm or deny if the city-owned stadium was built with the cladding in question, saying any questions would need to wait until the investigation into the Grenfell Tower fire finishes.

In the case of the Baltimore Marriott, which was constructed in 2001, an architect who worked on the project said he destroyed his building records pertaining to the property in 2011 because his contract only requires him to keep files for 10 years.

According to the AP story, the U.S buildings have not been declared unsafe and no widespread testing of aluminum paneling has been initiated by the U.S. government as of yet.

To read the entire AP story, click here.

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