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  • Glaziers adopt 3D modeling tools for complex curtain-wall designs
    3D modeling has opened the door to building designs that incorporate more complex curtain walls, with potential elements such as slopes, curves, bent glass, custom panel sizes and new material types. Oftentimes, these multi-faceted enclosures also call for several wall systems, each with unique requirements. These increasingly complex projects can present notable challenges to contract glaziers,...
  • Protective features to consider when working with steel frames
    Due to its strength, steel is able to support larger free spans of glazing than traditional aluminum assemblies. But for years, corrosion concerns prevented architects and design professionals from utilizing its strength in curtain-wall systems. Steel rusts in the presence of moisture and oxygen, which is a seemingly irreconcilable problem since many curtain walls serve as the divider between...
  • In the commercial window business, energy efficiency reigns supreme. While manufacturers report demand for reduced sightlines, historic retrofit products, and more paint and finish options, thermal performance remains the top priority for fenestration.The Admiral at the Lake in Chicago features Traco thermal windows and terrace doors that are capable of withstanding the city’s harsh weather...
  • Choosing the right door closer for your project is an important task, but it doesn’t have to be an intimidating one. There are many manufacturers and product options in the door closer market, and you must carefully select the best closer that fits the entrance, adequately controls the door, and complies with local and federal building regulations. However, with a few tips and some key insight...
  • 2015 IECC increases provisions for daylighting in commercial buildings
    The recent AAMA Fall Conference featured various speakers on the topic of energy efficiency, including Karma Sawyer of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office and Stephen Selkowitz, leader of the Windows and Envelope Materials Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.Both Sawyer and Selkowitz challenged the belief by some that glazed openings in the building thermal...
  • As the market demands more of glass, both in terms of form and function, it equally demands more of the glaziers installing it. Creative architects and owners are pushing glass usage beyond simple code compliance, into habitability and occupant satisfaction. When that happens, your company is asked to do more than simply install glass; you are asked to contribute to the wellbeing of the building...
  • *From October 15, 2013 to press time, November 6, 2013
    Apogee Acquires Alumicor Ltd.Apogee Enterprises, Inc. has acquired Alumicor Ltd., the Toronto-based fabricator of aluminum frames for window, storefront, entrance and curtain-wall products for the Canadian commercial construction market. The transaction is valued at approximately $52 million. Alumicor will be the seventh stand-alone business in the Apogee portfolio, which also includes Viracon,...
  • After bottoming out in 2012, U.S. demand for flat glass sees increase
    Source: Freedonia GroupImprovements in the architectural and automotive industries will lead to an increase in demand and production of flat glass in the United States for the next four years, according to the High Performance Flat Glass industry study from the Freedonia Group Inc., a Cleveland-based industry market research firm. The 300-page report is available for purchase from Freedonia Group...
  • Constructing or retrofitting with security glass for school safety
    After the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., last December, much thought has been given to providing a more secure school environment. While natural disasters are a more likely threat to schools, schools should be prepared for the potential threat of intruder attacks. Targeted violence in schools is unpredictable, yet quite possible (since 1992, there have been more than...
  • The basics: The 52-story Chicago landmark building known as IBM Plaza, designed by Mies Van der Rohe, is now home to the luxury Langham Hotel. Architect Richmond Group's design challenge was creating a series of interiors in character with Langham’s traditional design sensibility, but set in a Mid-Century modern building.“We wanted to emphasize the extensive use of glass on the façade to deliver...
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