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  • Glaziers adopt 3D modeling tools for complex curtain-wall designs
    3D modeling has opened the door to building designs that incorporate more complex curtain walls, with potential elements such as slopes, curves, bent glass, custom panel sizes and new material types. Oftentimes, these multi-faceted enclosures also call for several wall systems, each with unique requirements. These increasingly complex projects can present notable challenges to contract glaziers,...
  • Protective features to consider when working with steel frames
    Due to its strength, steel is able to support larger free spans of glazing than traditional aluminum assemblies. But for years, corrosion concerns prevented architects and design professionals from utilizing its strength in curtain-wall systems. Steel rusts in the presence of moisture and oxygen, which is a seemingly irreconcilable problem since many curtain walls serve as the divider between...
  • *From October 15, 2013 to press time, November 6, 2013
    Apogee Acquires Alumicor Ltd.Apogee Enterprises, Inc. has acquired Alumicor Ltd., the Toronto-based fabricator of aluminum frames for window, storefront, entrance and curtain-wall products for the Canadian commercial construction market. The transaction is valued at approximately $52 million. Alumicor will be the seventh stand-alone business in the Apogee portfolio, which also includes Viracon,...
  • After bottoming out in 2012, U.S. demand for flat glass sees increase
    Source: Freedonia GroupImprovements in the architectural and automotive industries will lead to an increase in demand and production of flat glass in the United States for the next four years, according to the High Performance Flat Glass industry study from the Freedonia Group Inc., a Cleveland-based industry market research firm. The 300-page report is available for purchase from Freedonia Group...
  • Constructing or retrofitting with security glass for school safety
    After the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., last December, much thought has been given to providing a more secure school environment. While natural disasters are a more likely threat to schools, schools should be prepared for the potential threat of intruder attacks. Targeted violence in schools is unpredictable, yet quite possible (since 1992, there have been more than...
  • The basics: The 52-story Chicago landmark building known as IBM Plaza, designed by Mies Van der Rohe, is now home to the luxury Langham Hotel. Architect Richmond Group's design challenge was creating a series of interiors in character with Langham’s traditional design sensibility, but set in a Mid-Century modern building.“We wanted to emphasize the extensive use of glass on the façade to deliver...
  • The basics: Chicago’s Columbia College recently underwent a major façade renovation replacing the existing 1950s-era early modernist curtain wall with an energy-efficient wall system that maintained the building’s history. Located across the street from Chicago's Grant Park and Lake Michigan, Columbia College's campus building at 618 S. Michigan is part of the cliffwall that forms the...
  • The basics: Located in the new mixed-use Suurstoffi development in Risch Rotkreuz, Switzerland, the Novartis headquarters building features an iridescent glass façade, which produces a shimmering metal patchwork from the outside in and clear views from the inside out.“We searched for a material that would provide the aesthetic and functional benefits we needed without changing the building...
  • The basics: The LEED Platinum George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas features high levels of daylighting and reduced energy use, in part from the 67-foot high lantern topping the building. The building’s central orientation point, Freedom Hall, is topped by the 50-by-50-foot glass and limestone lantern. The lantern enables daylight to flood the core of the building and appears...
  • The basics: Looking to reduce solar heat gain and interior glare at their nine-year-old, 7,500-square-foot office in Allegan, Mich., management of Wolverine Enclosures began researching window replacement options. The group considered permanently tinted glass, but instead replaced all 15 windows with new double-pane insulating glass units featuring a thermochromic interlayer. “The primary reason...
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