Investigation underway into glass that fell from CRST tower in Cedar Rapids

No one injured when glass fell from the 11th floor

Glass fell Wednesday evening from a window on the top of the CRST Center in downtown Cedar Rapids. No one was injured, a
Glass fell Wednesday evening from a window on the top of the CRST Center in downtown Cedar Rapids. No one was injured, and the glass had been replaced by Thursday morning. (B.A. Morelli/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Officials are investigating why glass fell from a window on the top floor of the CRST Center in downtown Cedar Rapids.

Glass fell from the north side, northwest corner on the 11th story of the building at 201 First St. SE, onto the Second Avenue Bridge shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday. No one was hurt, and no vehicles were damaged, officials said.

“The building is not a risk to the public,” said Amanda McKnight, who is the property manager for Ryan Companies, the general contractor for the structure.

Cedar Rapids police received a report at 6:19 p.m. of a broken window and glass falling from the top of the building. Officers blocked off the Second Avenue Bridge and the surrounding area to make sure no one would be injured or that it became a traffic hazard, said public safety spokesman Greg Buelow.

The call was cleared at 8:08 p.m., he said.

“We are actively examining the cause and working with our contractor to investigate the incident,” Brooke Willey, a spokeswoman for CRST International, said in a statement. “An independent, building enclosure consulting firm has been hired to perform an immediate inspection.”

The statement added the company is consulting with city officials and taking all precautions necessary to protect the public and the building’s tenants.

“We are grateful that no one was injured,” the statement said.

The building has a facade with a large amount of glass. The windows have two panes — an interior and an exterior — and it was glass from the exterior pane that fell while the interior remained intact, McKnight said.


The shattered glass had been cleaned up from the street and the window replaced by late Thursday morning.

McKnight said to the best of her knowledge, most people in the building had gone home for the day and no one was inside of the room — a Bankers Trust conference room — when the glass fell.

McKnight said it was too soon to speculate what may have caused it. A person who works in the building was leaving and noticed the glass on the ground. She notified the company’s emergency line, McKnight said.

The $37 million, 113,000-square-foot building opened to fanfare in 2016 as one of the first major private sector projects downtown after the 2008 flood.

CRST International, Bankers Trust and RSM are among the companies in the building.

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