Back in September, construction began on a medical clinic near my home. Around the same time, I started a three-month maternity leave from my job at the National Glass Association. Every week of my leave, I drove past the construction site on my way to the grocery store, noting the progress and getting more and more excited about the clinic as it came together. Granted, part of my excitement was due to the fact that this clinic would be the future home of my son's pediatrician, shortening a quick 10-minute drive to a lovely 5-minute walk (it's that close!). But, although I perhaps should not have been considering things like the project's general contractor, the new construction economy in my city, the safety and security precautions on the jobsite, or what companies would supply the products for the planned all-glass entrance, while taking leave from the job where considering these things is part of life, I was. And I found all of it exciting, each and every time I passed.
It's not an issue of being unable to unplug from my job. (I thoroughly enjoyed focusing on other aspects of my life for three months.) But, it's an issue—or a benefit—of possessing an understanding and appreciation of an industry that was foreign to me until I joined the NGA—three years ago this month. Three years of immersing myself in the glass industry has given me a fresh perspective on construction, the U.S. building economy, glass and glazing products, and in particular, all of the people who make up this industry and keep it flourishing.
I am thrilled to be back among these people, working to share their contributions to the industry and help them thrive in today's business climate. As we enter into a new year, there are both challenges and opportunities ahead, and all of us here at the NGA and Glass Magazine look forward to supporting you as the year unfolds. In 2016 and beyond, please tell us how your company is growing, how it's innovating, the great ideas you have and the projects you contribute to. If you have thoughts on how we can better serve you through the content we publish and the education we provide, please contact us.
Personally, I am waiting with baited breath for the clinic's glass facade installation, along with the countless other innovative glass projects that will come online this year. And you can bet I'll include the completed clinic project—and many others—as a Great Glazing later this year. Here's to you, glass industry, for giving me a new-found appreciation for commercial glass. And here's to 2016, may it be a profitable and successful year for you all.
Bethany Stough is managing editor of Glass Magazine. Contact her at email@example.com.
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