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  • Young talents shine bright
    To view the PDF of this article, click here (551KB, Adobe Acrobat)It wasn’t easy for the 20-under-40 committee at Glass Magazine to pick 20 representatives out of the 72 nominations. Each sponsor had a fascinating story to tell about his or her nominee—of persistence, courage, ambition and enthusiasm—and each presented a special talent unsurpassed by the others. As a group, the...
  • A 40-foot-high storefront of about 100 lites of colored glass and striking columns of aluminum composite greets movie-goers at the new CinéArts theater in San Jose.Completed in August 2004, the $6.5 million, six-screen movie theater becomes one of the first entertainment complexes in the Santana Row development of the city, says Kevin Bernard, project manager from Russell Davis Architects...
  • Renovation of S.R. Crown Hall at Illinois Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture in Chicago served as more than just an update to a 50-year-old building.For students, teachers and area architects, the project became a valuable learning tool, explains Tom Sinnott, renovation sales representative at the Chicago office for contract glazier Harmon Inc.“This was the first time I...
  • This is one of the first bomb-resistant buildings completed in Washington that still has an architectural look,” says Don Deister about the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse in Washington D.C., completed in September 2005. Deister served as senior project manager for contract glazier PCC Construction Components Inc. of Gaithersburg, Md.The courthouse is a General Services...
  • With the soaring cost of energy to heat and cool homes, energy conscious glass and window manufacturers search for technologies to reduce energy loss through window glass panes and frames. At present, state-of-the-art insulation glass technologies achieve, at best, U-values of 0.2 BTU/hrft2F0. One BTU, or British Thermal Unit, is equal to the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of...
  • Architectural, auto-glass designers win accolades
    For the first time, automotive entries were accepted and celebrated at the seventh annual 2005 Solutia International Design Awards, according to the St. Louis company’s release Nov. 9.The awards recognize architects, interior designers, automotive designers and laminators for outstanding architectural and automotive design projects with Solutia glazing products. Bold use of color dominated...
  • Each improvement reduces costs, adds efficiency
    Ordering glass has arguably become one of the most tedious and time-consuming activities for fabricators and their customers. Manually prepared purchase orders, either phoned or faxed to fabricators, have to be separately entered into the fabricators’ order-entry software, an error-prone process that takes considerable time. “Numbers can be transposed and if there’s a mistake,...
  • Glass fabricators respond to a multitude of customer questions every day and their ability to do so readily, easily and accurately comes down to the flexibility in their order entry and production software, contends Dennis Csehi, director of Atwood Mobile Products, Antwerp Operations, in Antwerp, Ohio. “Most companies have canned shop floor software packages that can produce various reports...
  • Like many industries in today’s global business environment, competitors in the domestic glass market have felt the pinch of overseas manufacturing. With lower labor costs, overseas manufacturers can produce more for significantly less. As a result, the price of glass has been driven down, leaving many suppliers struggling to survive. How do companies based in the United States, such as...
  • Inflationary pressure, material price, labor cost sticking points
    Construction analysts mark their 2006 forecasts with caveats. They worry endlessly about higher energy prices, material costs and wages, federal debt, the trade deficit and labor shortages. However, when it’s time to study the bottom line, they come up smiling. U.S. construction will grow by 3 percent in 2006, says Robert A. Murray, vice president of economic affairs for McGraw-Hill...
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