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  • While giving lip service to collaboration with members of the Bath Enclosure Manufacturers Association of Topeka, Kan., Donn Harter, president, Americas Glass Association of Placerville, Calif., announced May 13 that he filed proposed amendments to the International Building Code to regulate construction of shower enclosures.In early May, Harter said he filed the amendments with the International...
  • In the hit movie “What Women Want,” Mel Gibson experiences a sudden ability to actually hear what women think.  With his gift, he gains astonishing insight into how to change his actions to get what he wants from the women in his life. While we don’t have Gibson’s crystal ball to understand building officials’ innermost thoughts, we took some time to listen to...
  • Preserving and improving older buildings offer glazing contractors great opportunity and challenge. With new construction projects, aesthetic and performance criteria can be clearly defined by owner, architect and construction team, and window systems can be engineered, fabricated and installed per the specifications. With renovation projects, the glazing contractor and window systems...
  • Lean manufacturing is about to get leaner with radio frequency identification. Officials from GED Integrated Solutions of Twinsburg, Ohio, now enter the final testing stages of adding RFID to its Glass-On-Demand scheduling system...
  •   The basics: 46-stories, 856,000-square-foot Hearst Tower; cost, $500 million; first building to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council of Washington, D.C. The players: Architects, Foster and Partners, United Kingdom, Adamson Associates, New York City; general contractor, Turner Construction Co., New York; curtain wall,...
  •    The basics: Five-story, 365,000-square-foot Minneapolis Central Library; cost, $87.6 million; opened, May 20. The players: Architects, Cesar Pelli & Associates Architects, New Haven, Conn., Architectural Alliance, Minneapolis; glass fabricator, Viracon, Owatonna, Minn.; glazing contractor, HKL Cladding Systems Inc., White Bear Lake, Minn.; channel-glass supplier, Bendheim Wall...
  • Architects from the Chicago office of DeStefano + Partners Ltd. had two design goals for Chicago’s RiverView II: blend in with the surrounding traditional brick buildings, and offer views of Lake Michigan and the city skyline. To achieve this, designers used a combination of brick, precast, glass and aluminum composite on the 32-story, $110 million building.“It is not overly...
  • Owners of the Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto wanted the recent $52 million expansion to transform the complex into an outdoor shopping environment. However, they wanted that outdoor environment inside, under a barrel-vaulted, all-glass roof.Designers from Toronto-based MMC International Architects took on the challenge to create a point-supported glass roof without heavy steel supports...
  • The basics: Seven World Trade Center, New York City, 52-stories, $700-million, opened May 23; the first major project to open at the site since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The players: Architect, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP, New York City; curtain wall and installation, Permasteelisa USA, Windsor, Conn.; glass supplier, Guardian Industries Corp., Auburn Hills, Mich.; design of 11-story...
  • The roots of thin interlayers used in and on windows and glazing date to the 1930s, the first Golden Age of the American automobile. A consortium, including DuPont of Wilmington, Del., developed glass fashioned from tough, clear polyvinyl butyral. Sandwiched between glass, it created a safety windshield, and lamination was born. Since then, the processes, applications, thicknesses, colors and...
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