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  • Practical option that became popular in the ’80s
    The 1980s gave rise to hundreds of memorable icons including feathered hair, the T-top IROC Camero, pet rocks and Rick Springfield wishing he had “Jessie’s Girl.” Indeed, some of these are better forgotten. The glass door market also witnessed a new development during the early part of that decade: glass rail systems. The systems are on the top and bottom of glass doors to...
  • Dos and don’ts of drawing pieces
    There is nothing worse than ordering glass from an outside source, only to discover when it arrives that it is not fabricated correctly. The cost can mount if the product is heavy glass with notches or holes fabricated in it or is tempered. It is costly to reorder and wait for glass to be redone. This is a no-win situation for everyone. The finished product is a result of several different...
  • President, Viracon
    Education: 1967, Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.; 1971, Master of Business Administration, Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.Career: June 2000-present, president,  Viracon, Owatonna, Minn.; 1990-2000, group vice president,  Intermet Corp., Troy, Mich., and president, Tool Products, Minneapolis; 1988-90, executive vice president,...
  • Suspended glass offers aesthetics, advantages
    Floating limitlessly above heads, the glass seems to extend past its steel perimeter. It glows in the light and shields passers-by from nature’s elements. This innovative approach to canopies is quickly catching the attention of architects worldwide. Glass has become one of the architectural designer’s “go to” tools for accomplishing artistic expression. When a building...
  • Unitized curtain wall saves on labor costs
    When building castles in the sky, the first rule is: Give yourself ample window space from which to admire the view.That’s just what the minds at the architecture firm Cetra/Ruddy Inc. on Broadway, New York, did when they designed The Orion, a 60-story glass tower of luxury condominiums in the Hell’s Kitchen area, just off of Times Square. The sixth largest residential high-rise in...
  • Survey reveals similar trends in auto and architectural glazing
    Few corporations are able to sustain competitiveness without investing in equipment and tools to help them achieve their goals, and glass companies are no different. National Glass Association members participating in the 2006 NGA Competitiveness Survey report that they invested a median 5 percent—average 14.7 percent—in capital equipment and median 2 percent—average 3.7 percent...
  • No longer a myth
    Photos: Skywalk Installation When I first heard about a skywalk being built off a Grand Canyon cliff, I did what most people do today. I Googled it.To my surprise, the search return displayed urban legend references at sites such as all-lies.com, snopes.com and urbanlegends.about.com.Well, the “legend” became a reality in March thanks to $40 million from Las Vegas developer David Jin...
  • Factual, reliable data for purchasers
     In the past, spacer systems weren’t regarded as key determinants of a window unit’s overall thermal and structural performance. That perspective has changed. As energy costs continue to rise, framing systems offer better insulation values, and pricing pressures continue unabated. Manufacturers throughout North America are therefore compelled to offer products with bottom-line...
  • Cladding, canopies, column covers, infill panels create new niche
    Architectural metals is a great niche for glaziers to expand business. If you’re called in to create an all-glass storefront entrance, go beyond a basic rail system, door openers and handles. Architectural metals can create additional design elements in custom architectural finishes and textures. Custom canopies and sunshades can be added over an entrance. Or incorporate metal column...
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