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  • Inflationary pressure, material price, labor cost sticking points
    Construction analysts mark their 2006 forecasts with caveats. They worry endlessly about higher energy prices, material costs and wages, federal debt, the trade deficit and labor shortages. However, when it’s time to study the bottom line, they come up smiling. U.S. construction will grow by 3 percent in 2006, says Robert A. Murray, vice president of economic affairs for McGraw-Hill...
  • Yet after a year of shortages and price hikes, 2006 looks healthy
    Without a catastrophic event, the U.S. commercial construction industry and its participants should see healthy returns in 2006, with overall market growth averaging 4-to-6 percent. At Kawneer North America in Norcross, Ga., company executives see an upbeat economic outlook and have been working with managers of its international parent, Alcoa Inc. of Pittsburgh, to make sure that supplies will...
  • Short term, residential down; commercial, up
    Before looking forward, let’s look back. In our forecast a year ago, Ducker, along with most every other forecaster, underestimated the strength of the U.S. residential construction market. It continued to drive flat-glass demand in 2005 to another strong year.Despite projections of softening in the housing market, starts in 2005 are likely to end up at around 2.15 million, 3.5 percent...
  • Traditional economic indicators do not give a clear picture
    Economists, politicians and pontificators have been trying to figure out where the economy will go. My job is to translate their views into a crisp, clear forecast for the glass and related industries. Undaunted by this year’s uncertainty and abreast on various expert opinions, what follows is my best attempt.Storm surge or low tide? The key underlying factor for the 2006 economy will be...
  • A four-story glass atrium welcomes students and visitors to the new Beatty Center School of Business and Economics at the College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C.Located in the historic district of the city, the atrium’s point-supported glass walls fit snugly between the structures on either side, replicating the piazzas between many of Charleston’s oldest homes, according to Ken...
  • Designers of the new heart center at Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital in Texas, strove to make the new facility warm, intimate and bright. The facility celebrates its grand opening this month after more than a year and half of construction.“The building overall has a boutique or hotel feel, with one-story hallways and daylighting at the end of all patient corridors,” says Jeff...
  • The new Helena Apartment Building in New York City exemplifies the growing popularity of greener and glassier buildings, according to Bruce Fowle, senior principal for project design firm FxFowle Architects PC, also of New York City.Helena’s photovoltaic panels, green roofs, high-performance low-emissivity glass and numerous other green elements put the 37-story building on track to earn...
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  • Asian imports take toll
    Aluminum extruders in the United States represent one segment of the bath-enclosure industry that has seen dramatic changes as a result of imports, said Richard S. James, vice president and general manager of the Aluminum Group at Loxcreen Co. in Roxboro, N.C., during a frank and well-documented presentation at the Bath Enclosure Manufacturers Association annual meeting during GlassBuild America...
  • Software works only with supplier’s cutting tables
    Recently patented, the optimization program BatchBan by Billco Manufacturing Inc. of Zelienople, Pa., might eliminate some of the bottlenecks fabricators face on automated production lines and improve yields, says Kevin Lear, Billco software engineer.The software was tested at Cardinal Insulating Glass’ Spring Green, Wis., plant and has subsequently been introduced at other Cardinal IG...
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