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  • For years, people in the glass industry and the glass-cleaning business have debated the use of metal scrapers to clean windows, patio doors and curtain walls. One side says don’t use scrapers; the other says make flawless glass. Like the old Miller Lite commercials of “tastes great; less filling,” neither group will change its stance ...
  •   The basics: Contract glaziers faced major installation challenges for the new construction and renovation of the nine-story Manatee County Judicial Center in Brandenton, Fla. About six installers were required to install each segment of the suspended wall, inside-set system. The 223,000-square-foot, $69 million project should be complete by the end of the year. The players: Architects,...
  • Officials from the Syracuse University School of Public Communications decided to relay one of the most important constitutional messages to its students architecturally. The school’s Newhouse III building that opened in September features the First Amendment on the glass entry façade.The amendment is incorporated into a striking silk screen design on the glass wall that highlights...
  • Located in one of the coldest cities in the United States, the 55,000 square-foot, $16.5 million Fairbanks Imaging Center in Fairbanks, Alaska, stands out with its ample glazing that floods the interior with natural light.Project architect Martha Hanlon, head of Martha Hanlon Architects in Fairbanks, says the city that has an average annual temperature of just 26.9 degrees features many near...
  • The basics: Visitors cross a more than 15-foot long glass bridge over indoor waterfalls to reach the Mandara Spa at the Atlantis Bahamas Resort.   The players:Design, Lori Rapport Interior Designer, Oviedo, Fla.; general contractor, Kerzner International Development Ltd., Bahamas; glass manufacturer, Artwork in Architectural Glass, Newport Beach, Calif.; installer, Woslee Dominion...
  • Coloration, durability, aesthetics and cost influence decision
     Structural glass plays a central role in many of the most recognizable buildings in the United States. The John Hancock building in Chicago, for example, features 16,000 windows on 100-stories. Whether the glass is curved, tinted or etched, the materials holding it in place must complement the architect’s design and color palette. Recent projects like the Wynn Las Vegas hotel, the US...
  • Internet and television critical to marketing success
     In a world where Wikipedia defines everything, MySpace hosts everyone and YouTube videos are everywhere, glass companies must look beyond traditional print marketing techniques to effectively reach consumers.“Seventy-three percent of adults are online. And 59 percent say they start online when looking for local listings,” said Scott Orth, director of Internet marketing...
  • Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens makes efficiency a priority during massive renovations
     Nothing seems greener in an urban setting than a garden conservatory—an indoor space dedicated to growing countless varieties of plants, acting as a natural haven for visitors. And often nothing is greener, as long as green doesn’t refer to energy efficiency. Greenhouses by nature are poor energy performers, says Jim Smith, head of Montgomery Smith Inc. in Burlington, Ky....
  •  I recently gave a presentation to some 140 glazing executives at the GlassBuild America Show [Sept. 10 in Atlanta] on the Component Modeling Program being developed by the National Fenestration Rating Council.  It is my hope that this program will assist the commercial fenestration industry in preparing their businesses for a future for which I fear many companies may not be ready....
  • Inc. 500 Conference through the eyes of a company president
     Each year, Inc. Magazine hosts its annual Inc. 500 Conference for the CEOs of companies who make the famous list of fastest growing private companies in America. This year, for the first time, the list was expanded from 500 to include the 5,000 fastest growing companies. About 1,400 executives accepted their invitation to the conference this past September in Chicago. For two days and three...
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