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  • Buildings are built to be occupied by people, but, for the most part, aren’t designed for people. This was the troubling discovery I made while researching the feature, “The New Era." Building codes put occupant safety first. However, human health—the psychological and physiological effects the indoor environment has on people—has taken a backseat to energy efficiency, structural integrity,...
  • The basics: The 10-story Center for Care and Discovery at the University of Chicago Medical Center includes an intimate, non-denominational 600-square-foot chapel that features custom fire-rated glass to provide safety and daylighting.“Due to the proximity of an adjacent existing hospital building, a fire-rated separation at the facade needed to be provided within our new project,” stated...
  • GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo opened its doors Sept. 10 in Atlanta, where more than 350 exhibitors and 6,000 registered attendees gathered to see the latest in new products and technology for the glass and metal industry. Organized by the National Glass Association, GlassBuild America is cosponsored by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association,...
  • The basics: Leon’s Restaurant in New Haven, Conn., features a bar/lounge glass partition as its centerpiece design element. The first design challenge was creating the atmosphere of an open floor plan with three separate rooms—main dining room, private dining room and a bar/lounge room—while still providing plenty of natural daylight. The other challenge was designing a bar room next to a dining...
  • The basics: The glass-enclosed outdoor patio at the Boathouse restaurant at Hendry’s Beach in Santa Barbara, Calif., provides diners with beautiful views of the ocean and beach. However, keeping the glass clean presented a constant challenge because of the restaurant's proximity to the surf. The stainless steel posts were also chronically tea stained, a condition similar to rust that is unique...
  • What advice would you give to someone new to the industry? Has this advice changed over the years?
    Commercial Ryan Thomassen, regional supervisor, EFCO, a Pella Company“Don’t be stuck in your ways. Sit back and listen to what all parties of any project have to say, and take it from there. The glass industry has seen tough financing…tighter budgets…and [changes in] thermal requirements. You have to sell yourself as a leader in customer service and innovation to nudge the owners, general...
  • From stadiums to storefronts, retail to restaurants, and hotels to homes, demand for large, multi-panel door systems is on the rise due to their ability to provide more daylight, better views and indoor/outdoor flexibility.The recently opened Beatrix restaurant in Chicago features bi-fold doors from LaCantina Doors. Photo by LaCantina Doors.“The demand for folding doors will continue to grow in...
  • Ryan Hoffman, architectural representative, Viracon
    Ryan Hoffman wasn’t looking for a new job, let alone one in the glass industry. But the glass industry found him. A friend in Viracon’s HR department saw Hoffman as a good fit for the company and brought him in for an interview. “The interview went well and it seemed like a natural fit,” he says. Hoffman says he has relied greatly on the industry insights of colleagues and customers. “There is so...
  • Ryan Thomassen, regional supervisor, Direct Project Group, EFCO, A Pella Company
    Landscaping brought Ryan Thomassen to the glass industry. While working through college as a landscaper, Thomassen heard about an estimator/project manager internship from a professor. “I was ready to quit landscaping and get into my degree field,” says Thomassen. “I followed up and [it] turned out that the company was Builders Glass & Products. I had done some landscaping work for one of the...
  • Ron Drew, vice president of Operations, Safti First
    When Ron Drew joined Safti First in 2006, he brought with him 18 years of lean manufacturing experience and the 5s manufacturing methodology, increasing workplace efficiency and morale from day one. Supporting the company’s Merced, Calif., facility, Drew ensures Safti First stands behind its U.S.-based manufacturing promise by offering skilled job opportunities to local residents and overseeing...
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