February 23, 2010
Alcan Composites USA, Benton, Ky., joined PPG Certified Metal Panel Program, according to a Feb. 17 release.Administered by the PPG coil and extrusion coatings group, PPG/CMPP is a certification program that gives architects a direct channel to an elite group of metal panel manufacturers certified by PPG to apply high-performance Duranar, Duranar Ultra-Cool and Coraflon fluoropolymer coatings to...
February 22, 2010
The basics: A decorative double-skin façade provides increased performance and innovative design at the renovated Espace 400 Pavilion Quebec City, Quebec. The double façade covers the existing building and surrounds the new additions, providing improved insulation and allowing solar heat gain to accumulate in the double wall. The decorative architectural glass features a silk-screen...
February 19, 2010
To help glaziers navigate through door hardware design, finish, function, style, handing, voltage and other options, Security Lock Distributors, Westwood, Mass., has introduced a free Internet software application at www.seclock.com.
February 18, 2010
In February, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission imposed new certification and labeling requirements applicable to architectural glazing materials installed in hazardous locations under the jurisdiction of CPSC. The rules require, for the first time, manufacturer certifications of compliance with CPSC 16 CFR 1201, the federal safety standard for architectural glazing materials, to include...
February 15, 2010
The basics: The $42 million, 70,000-square-foot Segerstrom Science Center at Azusa (Calif.) Pacific University features a striking façade of channel glass. Etched into the glass of the west and south sides of the center are the words, "In the beginning, God created," along with other words that appear in Genesis, such as water, earth, sky, land, birds and trees, according to an...
How to become an integral part of your commercial design community
February 12, 2010
"Know who your customers are and what they want." You hear that at every business seminar. This holds true in design and construction.As a glass company, it is valuable to think of yourself and services as an extension of the design team. Taking on that attitude will give you the advantage over your competitors. In commercial design especially, where designers bill for their time...
February 5, 2010
After renovation.Photo by Rehau, Leesburg, Va.The basics: In May 2009, a 2-year, $9 million renovation was completed at the Holiday Inn, Gaithersburg, Md. The renovation, part of the hotel chain’s worldwide campaign to re-launch its brand with a more contemporary image, included a complete upgrade of the hotel’s exterior with energy-efficient glazing systems. Energy modeling shows the...
February 1, 2010
The basics: The new $74 million Lucas County Arena in downtown Toledo aims to be one of the first new pro sports venues in North America to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design requirements, according to a release from Pilkington North America. The 8,000-seat arena opened in October 2009 and features 25,000-square-feet of energy-efficient...
January 29, 2010
CPFilms Inc., St. Louis, a wholly owned subsidiary of Solutia Inc., has launched two Web sites supporting its Vista and FormulaOne High Performance Auto Tint window film brands, according to a Jan. 29 release. Through intuitive navigation and interactive features, and a bold new look, the Web sites promote CPFilms premium dealers and product lines in the U.S. and Canada.“These...
January 28, 2010
InterEdge Technologies, Sausalito, Calif., launched the company’s newly redesigned and interactive Web site for glaziers, according to a Jan. 19 release. The site features a full range of product information for 20- through 180-minute clear fire- and safety-rated glazing. In addition, it offers the ability to compare products for a specific project need and quickly request a...