Aug 17th 2010 By Emerald Catron
The fact that we sometimes remember to bring a reusable bag to the grocery store with us just isn't cutting it after we heard about one of the ridiculous processes going on in the Empire State Building as part of their new "green" remodeling. In addition to other repairs, the building's windows are being made more efficient in an incredibly elaborate process.
The man who runs the building, Anthony Malkin, has hired a company called Serious Materials to take the existing windows and make them more efficient. They set up a workshop inside the building in an office so small that engineers had to shrink some of their equipment to fit it in the room.
The process works like this: The double-pane windows are removed, peeled apart, cleaned, given new steel spacers, treated with metallic film, baked in an oven, treated with a combination of krypton and argon gases, and put back in their original frame. The only thing thrown out is the original gasket
The shop is making its way through 75 of the suckers a day right now and runs from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m., so it should take around 87 workdays to finish all the windows. Just enough time for a giant gorilla to make its way to the city from Skull Island, climb the building and smash them all.