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  • Historic renovation projects often come with countless challenges. The recent makeover of the Tivoli Student Union at the University of Colorado’s Auraria campus proved no different.Warped and rotting windows, leaking roofs and crumbling masonry greeted the project team tasked to transform the former brewery and shopping mall into a student union in 2005. The $20 million, 324,000-square-...
  • Green building pushes material forward in some North American markets The face of commercial window frames in North America could change as architects look to improve building efficiency even more. The answer for a growing number of architects: reinforced vinyl systems...
  • From e-glass weeklyAll in the familyWhether large or small, family businesses enjoy a sense of trust and familiarity with family co-workers that eases the decision-making process, according to an e-glass weekly article.Family-owned businesses also benefit from the personal interest family members have in the success of the company, says Thad W. Ziegler, president of Thad Ziegler Glass in San...
  • Today’s workforce comprises four distinct generations, each with its own shared history, biases and core beliefs. Learning what makes each generation tick will advance your ability to recruit and retain technicians and other staff members. Let’s take a quick look at each generation. Note these dates are approximate:• Matures. Born between 1909 and 1949, these individuals came of...
  • As customers become more sophisticated, competition intensifies and costs escalate, aggressive companies hunt for new and more productive means of increasing revenue and profit. The results of these efforts include mergers, buyouts, product additions and deletions, service modifications and business diversification. Yet, these aggressive companies often fail to reach their financial or time-...
  • Creative strategies for a competitive market
    The auto glass industry is not alone in its quest to find qualified employees. Baby boomers have begun retiring in record numbers. Generation Xers, equipped with more skills than perhaps any demographic in recent memory, are being heavily recruited by high-tech industries offering outstanding employment possibilities and creative benefit packages. Opportunities to work from home or start your own...
  • Practical option that became popular in the ’80s
    The 1980s gave rise to hundreds of memorable icons including feathered hair, the T-top IROC Camero, pet rocks and Rick Springfield wishing he had “Jessie’s Girl.” Indeed, some of these are better forgotten. The glass door market also witnessed a new development during the early part of that decade: glass rail systems. The systems are on the top and bottom of glass doors to...
  • Dos and don’ts of drawing pieces
    There is nothing worse than ordering glass from an outside source, only to discover when it arrives that it is not fabricated correctly. The cost can mount if the product is heavy glass with notches or holes fabricated in it or is tempered. It is costly to reorder and wait for glass to be redone. This is a no-win situation for everyone. The finished product is a result of several different...
  • President, Viracon
    Education: 1967, Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.; 1971, Master of Business Administration, Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.Career: June 2000-present, president,  Viracon, Owatonna, Minn.; 1990-2000, group vice president,  Intermet Corp., Troy, Mich., and president, Tool Products, Minneapolis; 1988-90, executive vice president,...
  • Suspended glass offers aesthetics, advantages
    Floating limitlessly above heads, the glass seems to extend past its steel perimeter. It glows in the light and shields passers-by from nature’s elements. This innovative approach to canopies is quickly catching the attention of architects worldwide. Glass has become one of the architectural designer’s “go to” tools for accomplishing artistic expression. When a building...
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