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  • “We have won the international design competition for a memorial for the Omagh bomb, the single biggest event in the history of the Northern Ireland conflict. … The design includes a pillar that should appear at least to be made of solid glass. Near the top, inside, will float a cut-glass faceted heart shape.” – Seán Hillen The basics: The winning design for the...
  • When designer Elie Tahari decided to build a flagship store, he chose to go away from the modern glitz of New York City and out to East Hampton, N.Y., where he converted a historic post office into the high-end boutique.The 5,000-square-foot store features an interior glass-walled and glass-roofed enclosure that rises up two stories, flooding the boutique with natural light.“The architects...
  • Glass House is a fitting name for the 23-story condominium completed summer 2007 in Denver. The two-tower structure is wrapped in slab-to-slab glass, providing residents on any side breathtaking views of mountain peaks or the city skyline with zero sightlines. The project didn’t come without difficulties.“One main challenge in this project was developing metal systems that would...
  • “The signature component will be a three-story glass curtain wall and atrium that will look out onto the city’s beautiful downtown waterfront.”— Sabrina Anico, Mahaffey Theater marketing director The basics: After a one-year hiatus and a $20-million renovation, the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, Fla., is back with a light-filled and expanded lobby enclosed by soaring...
  • How to take the bumps out of your next truck purchase
     Dreaming of a new truck? Turn your dreams into reality, while avoiding the nightmare of buyer’s remorse, by doing some clear-eyed strategic planning long before stepping foot onto a dealer’s floor. A little bit of research, combined with a few truck-buying tips, will result in years of safe and productive job-site glass deliveries made in a truck right for you, your budget and...
  • Buildings today need to be attack-proof but not look like bunkers
    When Ken Hays, former executive vice president of MasonryArts in Bessemer, Ala., switched on the news the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, he was faced with two pieces of information that would’ve been hard enough to process individually. The United States had been the victim of a terrorist attack, and one of those attacks had zeroed-in on his company’s highest profile site: the Pentagon....
  • The bumpy and long road to the nonresidential rating program of NRFC nears its end
    The process to create a nonresidential fenestration energy rating program by the National Fenestration Rating Council of Greenbelt, Md., has frequently been compared to making sausages: It’s ugly and tedious, but the end product is worth it.  Since work on the Component Modeling Approach rating program began in 2002, NFRC members and concerned industry representatives have gathered for...
  • Evolution of the Glass Shop: Mom-and-pop stores morph into high-tech, lean, high-productive businesses
    Two words pop into the head when describing GlassBuild America: the Glass, Window & Door Expo – innovation and globalization. This year’s show in Atlanta, Sept. 10-12, was the biggest in history and reflected the glazing industry’s trajectory. The industry, the glass shop and the function of glass have gone through amazing changes in the past few decades. Glass shops used to...
  • Faour Glass Technologies introduces impact-resistant butt glazing for hurricane zones
     In August 1992, Hurricane Andrew wrought devastation throughout far southern Florida, causing 65 deaths and $26.5 billion of damage. Andrew was the most-destructive U.S. hurricane on record until Hurricane Katrina hit two years ago. The deadly storm prompted legislators and building officials to toughen hurricane building codes, starting in Miami-Dade County and spreading through the rest...
  • Architectural use of glass can be like creating sculpture
    Current glazing practices for large missile impact mitigation for hurricane resistance are based on glass interlayer materials originally developed in the late 1930s. Despite numerous advances in material science, system design and architecture, as well as more stringent building codes and other requirements for hurricane protection introduced over the past 10 years, laminated glass bonded with...
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    Great Glazing: Custom interior officeThis commercial office space in Tulsa, Okla., features a 42-foot-long, custom, continuous art mural that spans 14 glass panels suspended from the ceiling. Created by Tulsa artist May Yang, the mural is based on local Oklahoma themes, transitioning from rural landscape to the Tulsa skyline.   Great Glazing: Joliet Junior College Campus...
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