Washington Convention Center

Washington, D.C.

Nature of Project

Bird Window Strike Mitigation

Scope of Project

Install 7,500 sq. ft. of anti-bird strike film on a glass L street bridge corridor that is a regular bird fly-through zone.

Project Detail

In a multi-phase solar control window film installation project for the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown Washington, D.C., Commercial Window Shield was asked if they could solve the problem of hundreds of birds inadvertently crashing into the building’s L Street glass bridge corridor that connect the convention center and an adjoining building. The bridge is located in a fly zone frequented by birds.

The company installed a special film with horizonal and vertical line patterns, which accomplished two things:

1. The patterns signaled a distraction to the birds so they know the building is an obstruction and not a fly through zone.
2. It limited the reflectivity of the glass. Normal reflective glass causes birds, who are territorial, to think they are being attacked by other birds.

The project called for an experienced contractor with special expertise in niche window film applications like bird safety film. As usual, Commercial Window shield completed the project on time and on budget to the satisfaction of convention center officials.