Latest News in Commercial Glass

  • Custom Components Co. announced the award of a new project in San Diego: the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine. The $104 million project is a 144,000-square-foot facility and laboratory for stem cell research and is being built adjacent to the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) campus in Torrey Pines, Calif. The facility includes innovative architectural elements and...
  • Steve Jobs made a quick visit to the Cupertino, Calif., city council meeting on Tuesday to unveil Apple's plans for a new clean energy spaceship-shaped campus to be built in that city. Jobs and Co. has designed a spherical space that not only fits more people onto the current plot of land, but manages to create 350 percent more green space in the process, according to a June 8 article from...
  • PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. recently announced that it plans to construct the world's most environmentally friendly skyscraper. Once complete in 2015, the Tower at PNC Plaza in Pittsburgh will serve as PNC's executive offices, according to a June 7 Reuters report.The approximately 800,000-square-foot Tower at PNC Plaza will feature a double glass facade to enhance energy efficiency by...
  • On May 12, the Herald Tribune in Sarasota, Fla., printed a feature story about the challenging glass installation on the $4 million air-traffic control tower at the Charlotte County Airport. Key Glass, Bradenton, Fla., completed the installation, hoisting heavy 1.5-inch-thick glass lites up 14 stories, according to the article. 
  • Developers unveiled their plan for the blighted Block E in downtown Minneapolis on May 4, according to a same-day MPRnews report. The solution involves a casino whose design looks strikingly similar to the proposed expansion of the Target Center next door and the initial proposal for the city's Orchestra Hall renovations: lots of high ceilings, right angles and glass.
  • Glass Magazine has confirmed with two reliable off-the-record sources that New York City's Freedom Tower podium is going through a redesign due to problems fabricating the glazing systems. The podium was designed to be a signature element of the tower, also known as One World Trade Center, located at Ground Zero. The original podium design featured a 185-foot wall of more than 2,000 pieces of...
  • The Museum of Flight in Seattle says workers are erecting a 40-foot glass wall Wednesday [March 2] at the Space Gallery, the building it hopes will house one of the retiring NASA space shuttles, according to a March 2 report in The Seattle Times. 
  • Officials at the Hyatt Place management company wanted to apply film to the glass “edge,” and approached 3M, Minnesota. They wished to illuminate the glass to appear blue at night. This effect could not be accomplished with clear glass. One of the unique aspects of the project was that the only access to the windows was through the roof hatch that was only 8 feet wide and more than 30...
  • Custom Components Co., Tampa, Fla., recently completed a project to supply custom stainless steel glass railing and handrails for the newly constructed Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, according to a Jan. 31 release. Custom Co. supplied and installed more than 500 linear feet of stainless steel point mounted glass railing and handrail in the lobby and stainless steel cable...
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  • John Swanson, editor and associate publisher of Window & Door, passed away on Sunday, January 19, 2014, in Manhattan. He was 52 years old.John started his publishing career at Ashlee Publishing in New York City in 1984. He was founding editor of fenestration, launched in 1987, the first North American magazine specifically targeting the residential window and door market. There he...
  • BairdThomsenKevin Baird has been named president of the Global Flat Glass Group for Guardian Industries Corp., and will assume full profit and loss responsibility of the business unit, according to a Jan. 10 announcement from the company. Baird replaces Scott Thomsen, who resigned for health reasons.Most recently, Baird has been president and CEO of SRG Global Inc., a Guardian company. SRG...
  • 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. Apogee is also parent company of Viracon, Harmon,...