Glaziers, solar integrators or electricians? Industry members discuss
August 20, 2010
As the solar market takes off and the BIPV market gains traction, solar panel installation opens up a big business opportunity for glass and glazing professionals.
How to properly prepare for expansion into foreign markets
August 19, 2010
Today's economy and construction market have prompted many glass and glazing manufacturers to consider taking on projects in other countries.
August 16, 2010
Video courtesy of YKK AP, Austell, Ga."The spans at first level were very high: 23 feet to the first support point. That's why the frames are so heavy, because you have so much internal steel to carry those loads." — Robert M. Rushing, Pre-construction Department manager, Architectural Aluminum Techniques, Orlando, Fla.The basics: Amway Arena in Orlando, Fla., the new home of the Orlando Magic,...
August 9, 2010
Photo by Matt Wargo, Architectural & Interior Photography, Philadelphia. The basics: The 100,000-square-foot King's Court English House Residence Hall at the University of Pennsylvania, originally built in 1915, underwent a major façade renovation in 2009, making it the most environmentally friendly and sustainable residence hall on the campus, according to a Wausau Window and Wall...
August 2, 2010
"The various cladding materials came together really nicely. ... It was a little tricky, and required a lot of layout and coordination, but most of the work we do is pretty detailed. We try to go after jobs like this. ... This project is almost like a catalog of all of the facades we do."—Jake Johnson, head project manager, United Panel Technologies Corp.The basics:The 55-room Nolitan luxury...
July 25, 2010
“Performance is critical. The project was tested for air, water, structural, floor displacement and seismic movement with repeated air and water tests between each requirement. This included both static and dynamic water tests on the windows, and on the unitized curtain wall. A full, two-story mock-up of the curtain wall, including the pre-cast, was assembled to match the descriptions...
July 23, 2010
Hartung Glass Industries, Tukwila, Wash., and Guardian Industries, Auburn Hills, Mich., have announced that Hartung Glass Wilsonville, Ore., is the latest HGI location to be certified as an independent Guardian Select Fabricator, according to a July 19 release. Hartung Wilsonville joins Hartung’s Seattle and Sacramento locations as Guardian Select Fabricators offering...
What industry trend is your company looking to capitalize on most in the next six to 12 months?
July 22, 2010
CommercialGil DiMaio, president, CBO Glass, Alden, N.Y. "The June 2010 issue of Glass Magazine [states] that 55 percent of glazing firms reported a decrease in sales [in 2009] and the average [decrease] was 15 percent. Discussing the average volume among glass and glazing trade contractors reveals that, within our segment, some revenues are down 25 percent to 30 percent. As a...
July 21, 2010
Sentech Architectural SystemsDon Brown joined specialty structural glass firm Sentech Architectural Systems, Austin, Texas, as principal and will assume responsibility as president and CEO. Brown most recently served as president and CEO for Conservatek Industries Inc., Conroe, Texas, for more than 16 years.Alan Radvinsky also joined the company as project engineer, and will assume responsibility...
Backlog holding steady, if not improving, construction industry executives report
July 19, 2010
Project delays and cancellations continue to be much higher than normal, according to FMI Corp.’s Nonresidential Construction Index (NRCI) Report, Second Quarter 2010.