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  • The basics: Ericsson, a world leader in communications technology and services, needed a world-class addition to its North American headquarters in Plano, Texas: a 272,360-square-foot building to house 40 percent of the 4,000 corporate employees based at the 38-acre campus. As wide-open spaces and rural park views characterize the campus, the company wanted every employee, as well as the...
  • C.R. Laurence Co.-U.S. AluminumTHE ELYSIANTHE BASICS: After sitting empty for 20 years, the storied Metropolitan Water District building in Los Angeles, designed in 1960 by prominent modernist architect William Pereira, recently reopened as The Elysian luxury apartments. As the only high rise in L.A.’s Echo Park neighborhood, the landmark building has been transformed by a $30 million adaptive...
  • Amidst challenges, firms share past-year successes and positive forecasts for the future
    01. The vast majority of responding Top Metal Companies reported an increase in sales from 2012 to 2013, up significantly from 71 percent reporting increased sales in last year’s survey. No companies reported a decrease in sales.02. In last year’s survey, 24 percent of Top Metal respondents said finding qualified employees would be the biggest challenge going into 2014. This year’s survey found...
  • More than $500 millionC.R. Laurence Co. / U.S. AluminumLos AngelesAnnual sales representing metal products sold to contract glaziers: 80%Employees: 1,700Locations: 43 CRL/U.S. Aluminum locations worldwide, including: Atlanta; Cicero, Ill.; Concord, Ontario, Canada; Gardena, Calif.; Langley, British Columbia, Canada; Los Angeles (two facilities); Miami, Fla.; Rock Hill, S.C.; Secaucus, N.J.;...
  • Improved economic conditions present opportunities and challenges for metal manufacturers
    The outlook is promising for North American metal glazing product suppliers, with 85 percent of this year’s Top Metal Companies reporting sales increased in 2013 over the previous year. This growth comes on the heels of a strong 2012, when 74 percent of Top Metal Companies reported year-over-year sales growth.Taking advantage of a stronger financial climate, Top Metal Companies report big plans...
  • How is your company incorporating technology into its processes and projects?
    CommercialCory Philippy, senior project manager, RG Glass / Carvart“With today’s fast paced construction schedules, you need to have instant contact between the field and the office. The days of heading to the site with a rolled up 24-inch by 30-inch set of shop drawings and taking pictures with your camera are [becoming] a thing of the past.I am currently working on the Baccarat Hotel in Midtown...
  • Tips to remain profitable and efficient with specialized requests
    With the constantly evolving building and construction industry, and the desire from architects to put a unique and differentiating angle on projects, creating customized insulating glass units can give you an immediate edge over your competition. However, with these specialized offerings come many hurdles, the most significant including higher production expenses, longer lead times and decreased...
  • Code community grapples with enforcement of green codes
    We are familiar with the role police and firefighters play within our communities. Police reduce crime. Firefighters put out fires. Both play a critical role in preserving the overall safety of the communities in which we live in. Many code officials view themselves as having a similar role within the communities they serve. They are the silent defenders, who strive to prevent the tragedies that...
  • Industry attention has recently turned toward a decision of the California Supreme Court allowing homeowners to sue an architect they did not hire for claims of negligence. The case was Beacon Residential Community vs. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. While it may seem like another unique California case involving an architect, there are some important lessons that suggest the glass industry’s...
  • Designing buildings and building products that are accessible to the entire population requires considerations well beyond those outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act building standards, according to Elizabeth Watson, director of the Center for Students with Disabilities at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Watson delivered the keynote, “Moving from ADA to Universal Design,”...
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