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  • *From August 7, 2013, to press time, September 24, 2013.
    Grey Mountain Wins Bidding War for DlubakGrey Mountain Partners, parent company of Consolidated Glass Holdings, purchased the assets of Dlubak Corp., Sept. 23, during a court auction. The private equity firm outbid GGI and Oran Safety Glass Israel for Dlubak, submitting a high offer of $3.25 million, according to court documents.According to the terms of the purchase, Grey Mountain will also “pay...
  • Buildings are built to be occupied by people, but, for the most part, aren’t designed for people. This was the troubling discovery I made while researching the feature, “The New Era." Building codes put occupant safety first. However, human health—the psychological and physiological effects the indoor environment has on people—has taken a backseat to energy efficiency, structural integrity,...
  • The basics: The 10-story Center for Care and Discovery at the University of Chicago Medical Center includes an intimate, non-denominational 600-square-foot chapel that features custom fire-rated glass to provide safety and daylighting.“Due to the proximity of an adjacent existing hospital building, a fire-rated separation at the facade needed to be provided within our new project,” stated...
  • GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo opened its doors Sept. 10 in Atlanta, where more than 350 exhibitors and 6,000 registered attendees gathered to see the latest in new products and technology for the glass and metal industry. Organized by the National Glass Association, GlassBuild America is cosponsored by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association,...
  • The basics: Southeastern Oklahoma’s 53,000-square-foot Tishomingo Health Clinic was designed to represent the four seasons through different architectural elements, including an extensive autumn-themed exterior curtain wall. The initial challenge of the curtain-wall project was to create a decorative image that didn’t block light but instead filtered it, casting colorful shadows across...
  • The basics: An undulating façade of curved glass highlights the 21-story, 750,000-square-foot SickKids Research Tower in downtown Toronto. The project was built to combine science, discovery and learning programs with the organization’s clinical operations. The building, completed in 2012, is now the tallest laboratory in Canada. Diamond Schmitt Architects’ design intent was to further...
  • The basics: Leon’s Restaurant in New Haven, Conn., features a bar/lounge glass partition as its centerpiece design element. The first design challenge was creating the atmosphere of an open floor plan with three separate rooms—main dining room, private dining room and a bar/lounge room—while still providing plenty of natural daylight. The other challenge was designing a bar room next to a dining...
  • Photo by Anice HoachlanderThe basics: The designers of National Public Radio’s headquarters building in Washington, D.C., transformed a 1927 warehouse building into a new state-of-the-art, LEED Gold home for the broadcasting organization. Glass proved a critical design element for the 330,000-square-foot project that is part renovation of the four-story warehouse, and part new construction...
  • The basics: The glass-enclosed outdoor patio at the Boathouse restaurant at Hendry’s Beach in Santa Barbara, Calif., provides diners with beautiful views of the ocean and beach. However, keeping the glass clean presented a constant challenge because of the restaurant's proximity to the surf. The stainless steel posts were also chronically tea stained, a condition similar to rust that is unique...
  • What advice would you give to someone new to the industry? Has this advice changed over the years?
    Commercial Ryan Thomassen, regional supervisor, EFCO, a Pella Company“Don’t be stuck in your ways. Sit back and listen to what all parties of any project have to say, and take it from there. The glass industry has seen tough financing…tighter budgets…and [changes in] thermal requirements. You have to sell yourself as a leader in customer service and innovation to nudge the owners, general...
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