Latest Articles in Commercial Glass

  •  At the February 2008 National Auto Glass Conference in Tucson, I moderated a group discussion about how and where to find good employees and how to train and retain them. As part of the discussion, I shared the results of a recent study by Professor John Sullivan of the San Francisco University Human Resources Management Program that identifies the top seven current needs of employees. They...
  • Managers at Tecton Products LLC in Fargo, N.D., want safety procedures at their plant to feel like wearing a seat belt. “Most people put on their seat belts when they get into a car just because it’s a habit, not because they are consciously taking a safety precaution,” says Kristal Bennett, public relations coordinator and safety and environmental program manager for Tecton. “We strive to have...
  • “Each building façade was designed to respond to its own exposure with deep set windows; horizontal metal shade fins were utilized on the southern exposure to control the harsh southern light.” —from the project’s American Institute of Architects’ Nevada entry, for which it received an Honor Award The basics: The $107 million, 630,000-square-foot Riverpoint...
  • “The glass we chose for this project allowed us to balance the vision glass with the spandrel to achieve uniformity at the lowest possible level of reflectance.” —Lionel Morrison, principal, Morrison Seifert Murphy, Dallas The basics: One Arts Plaza in Dallas is a $125 million multi-use commercial structure. Completed in January 2007, the 24-story building is the first of three...
  • “The skylight is shaped like a Pringles chip. We positioned a line of rafters and as you go from east to west, the height of each rafter lowers and then rises again. On the north-south line, the glass rises in the middle. With those two elliptical shapes happening, its Pringles-type shape forms, so it's not simply a flat surface.” —Neil Dunbar, project manager, Novum Structures...
  •   “One of the interesting challenges was that we had to tie this wing onto an existing, operating hospital. We had to work with the administrative folks to make sure we would not disturb their day to day chores.” - David Griffin, vice president of project management, DGB Glass Inc., Fort Worth, TexasThe basics: The health care expansion in Texas continued with the addition...
  • “It was suggested the new casino thematically draw upon Detroit’s automotive and industrial history, revitalizing past Detroit architectural styles. Through the use of tinted glass and steel, Giffels is providing continuity with this tradition.” —Giffels representativeThe basics: MotorCity Casino Hotel is Detroit’s new 17-story luxury hotel in the MotorCity Casino...
  • Technology can play a role in achieving success
    Overseas competition, rising fuel costs, and a multitude of governmental and contractual requirements are just a few of the significant burdens today’s glass businesses must face. If you find it difficult to manage the complexities of your business effectively, a new class of technology products might be the solution.
  • Options and trends in the market
    Modern architectural design demands flexibility and innovation, themes that define today’s decorative glass market. What was once a small niche in the industry has exploded to include dozens of glass manufacturers and distributors and a multitude of new products.
  • The CD 80 Swing Door Operator from Dorma Entrance Systems provides an aesthetically pleasing swing door option, perfect for office applications. The innovative design has been recognized internationally with the 2004 Red Dot Design Award.
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