Plastic helps bus shelters stand guard against Mother Nature

EXTECH utilized Makrolon® UV polycarbonate sheet in white from Covestro LLC for its SKYSHADE 3300™ canopy system. (Photo credit: EXTECH)
EXTECH utilized Makrolon® UV polycarbonate sheet in white from Covestro LLC for its SKYSHADE 3300™ canopy system. (Photo credit: EXTECH)

Hot sun, pouring rain and falling snow – these are just some of the conditions that commuters endure while waiting for public transportation. With this unpredictable weather, it’s important to have shelters that offer thorough protection, while fitting the look and feel of the neighborhood.

EXTECH/Exterior Technologies brought this much-needed defense against the elements with a stylistic flair to a bus station in East Liberty, a neighborhood located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This surface mounted, single-glazed translucent polycarbonate industrial canopy system is known as the SKYSHADE 3300™. Covering 5,000 square feet, it utilizes a polycarbonate sheet glazing material from Covestro LLC in its overhead canopies.

The canopy system required a lightweight, light transmitting and high-strength glazing material. Covestro worked with EXTECH to find the ideal material that met these requirements, as outlined by the transit authority. Makrolon® UV polycarbonate sheet in white from Covestro did the trick.

Makrolon® UV polycarbonate sheet meets all of the needs for the East Liberty bus station, including:

  • Maximum daylighting
  • Glare reduction
  • High-impact strength
  • Ease of fabrication and maintenance

The benefits of Makrolon® UV polycarbonate sheet don’t end there. This material also offers a higher impact resistance when compared to glazing products such as glass and acrylic, which is important as municipal codes require impact resistant glazing in bus shelters and canopies. With Pittsburgh’s cold winters and hot summers, the advanced UV resistance technology assures long-lasting outdoor weathering performance. Lastly, Makrolon® UV polycarbonate sheet is easy to install and fabricate, and is available in clear and a variety of colors.

This collaboration between Covestro and EXTECH resulted in a high-performance outdoor structure that will help passengers withstand Mother Nature – no matter the weather.

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For more information, email us: plastics@covestro.com.

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