Latest News in Commercial Glass

  • The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, has developed a light concentration system for solar cells that does not track the sun. The method can utilize display glass and even window glass in homes, office buildings, etc, as sunlight concentrators. In addition, said a source at MIT, it makes it possible to drop the cost of the solar cell system to a tenth or less.Solar cell...
  • "Nonresidential construction is on the verge of a potentially long slide," warned Ken Simonson, chief economist, Associated General Contractors of America, Washington, D.C., in a Nov. 3 Data DIGest article. Simonson's comments followed reports from the Census Bureau on construction spending in September and the National Association for Business Economics, Washington, D.C., on third...
  • The National Fenestration Rating Council, Greenbelt, Md., opened its Fall Membership Meeting this morning at the Crowne Plaza Jacksonville - Riverfront, Fla., with a series of task group meetings. On schedule were: Component Model Approach Technical, NFRC 300-301, Storm Window, Solar Optical Properties of Non Planar Transparent Systems, Interior Attachments, Tubular Daylighting Devices, Exterior...
  • A chartered surveyor is recovering after falling through a skylight on a job in Basingstoke [U.K.].The man, aged in his 50s, was working on a site in the town last Thursday when the accident occurred, according to a Nov. 3 ContractJournal report.
  • Changes to the way glass is used during the past 10 years have put pressure on firms involved in the industry.While glaziers that can replace a broken window with a handful of putty are still relatively easy to find, those that can specify and supply glass as a building product, to fabricate walls, floors and staircases, are thin on the ground.Debbie Paul, chief executive of the Joiner Industry...
  • IBA Consultants will work on two of the newest high-rise construction projects in Chicago: 465 North Park Drive and Avalon South Clark, according to a Nov. 3 company release.For North Park Drive, a 40-story condominium tower with 269 units and a 10-story parking podium, IBA will provide glass and glazing, waterproofing, roofing, schematic design, design development, bid analysis, mock-up and...
  • Thornton Tomasetti, Chicago, opened two offices in the United Arab Emirates of Dubai and Abu Dhabi this month, to accommodate the firm’s expanding business development and involvement in more than a dozen current, high-profile projects in the Middle East, according to a company release Nov. 3. The firm has been working in the Middle East since late 1970s. Its current projects are...
  • Elderly residents had a lucky escape when a glass dome shattered and fell on them as they were playing cards in a north Hampshire [U.K.] sheltered housing scheme.Tony Kinge, 67, who lives in a residential flat at Bishopswood Court, in Hangar Road, Tadley, was playing his regular card game with fellow residents when the glass cascaded around their ears, according to a Nov. 1 Basingstoke...
  • Anara Tower, a planned skyscraper in Dubai, is set to feature a glass pod at 2,150 feet, according to Gizmodo.com. The tower will be 500 feet shorter than the world's largest, the Burj Dubai.
  • PGT Inc., North Venice, Fla., the hurricane-resistant window and door maker, lost $1.63 million in the third quarter on revenues that dropped nearly 25 percent and hinted at more job cuts if the economy weakens further.The loss at Sarasota County's largest manufacturer equated to 5 cents per share and compared with a profit of $1.07 million, or 4 cents per share, during the same quarter a year...
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  • Altus Capital Partners, an investment firm focused on middle market manufacturing companies in the United States, acquired GED Integrated Solutions Inc., according to a June 11 announcement. The acquisition will support GED’s continued growth, according to the release. The financial terms of the investment were not disclosed.“We are very excited to now be partnering with Altus Capital Partners as...
  • Officials from Tennessee’s Heritage Glass temporarily suspended operations on May 27, according to a company release, as reported by News Channel 11 in Johnson City, Tennessee. Executives say they are exploring a “potential reinvestment and reorganization situation” for the company.Heritage Glass was formed last year when the company purchased the former AGC North America Blue Ridge glass...
  • Last week, officials from Ontario, Canada-based State Window Corp. announced the launch of Integro Building Systems, a significant new entry in the North American curtain wall construction sector, according to a May 5 company release.A company incorporated in Canada, Integro is a partnership among State and a number of notable construction industry leaders. Integro will design, manufacture, and...