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December 19, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Glass falls from Bellevue high-rise

The developer of an upscale development in downtown Bellevue has closed off balconies on one side of a skyscraper after a glass panel fell from a balcony railing on the 30th floor, then shattered on a balcony seven floors below, showering small pieces onto into a pet area.

No one was hurt in the mishap, which occurred around 10 a.m. Sunday at the 33-story residential North Tower at The Bravern development at Northeast Eighth Street and 110th Avenue Northeast.

It was the second Seattle-area high rise to experience falling balcony glass this year. The Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences near Pike Place Maret replaced all of its balcony glass after three panels fell from upper floors on three occasions.

Doug Fox, Bellevue’s inspection services manager,  said a 3-by-4-foot glass panel apparently fell as an intact sheet from the 30th floor of One Bravern Court, struck a balcony on or around the 23rd floor and shattered into small pieces. The pieces then rained on the roof of a  4-or-5-story “podium,” which was closed after the accident.

Fox said parts of the damaged metal guardrail that held the glass panel will be removed for inspection so engineers can determine what caused the glass to fall.

Dan Ivanoff, managing partner and CEO of Schnitzer, said in a prepared statement the accident “has been under full investigation since yesterday and will continue until we are confident the safety and security of our residents, tenants and patrons of The Bravern have been met.”

 He said the city, The Bravern and general contractor PCL Construction were inspecting “each residence” to help determine the cause.

In addition to the two residential towers, The Bravern has two high-rise office buildings occupied by Microsoft and a shopping center, which includes the first Neiman Marcus in the Northwest.

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