2013 Glass Magazine Awards

"It’s nice to see so many creative and innovative uses of glass among this year’s group of Glass Magazine Award winners,” says Judge Glen Greenberg, president and chief technologist of Elmont Glass Co. “It’s just silica sand after all. But what we do with it as an industry: simply amazing!”

The 2013 Glass Magazine Award winners represent the best products and applications the glass industry has to offer. To determine the winners in the project, product and website categories, the Glass Magazine staff compiled the nominations and photographs for a panel of judges representing all segments of the industry. The judges then selected a winner in each category; they were not allowed to vote in categories in which their company had been nominated.

Special thanks go to the judges for the time and effort they put into the selection process. Special thanks also go to GGI for producing the 2013 Glass Magazine Award plaques, and to C.R. Laurence Co. for supplying the hardware.

Most innovative curtain-wall project 

Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children, HKS Inc.
The desire to differentiate the new hospital from the institutional-looking medical center led to the creation of a predominately glass curtain wall, expressed as cantilevered planes of glass framed by white concrete.

Most innovative curtain-wall component

Contraflam Structure 60, Vetrotech Saint-Gobain
Contraflam Structure 60 is a fire-rated product available in a new maximum exposed height of 138 ½ inches.

Most innovative storefront/entrance project

Lord & Taylor Ridge Hill, Yonkers, N.Y., Novum Structures LLC
After purchasing an existing building in Yonkers, N.Y., Lord & Taylor Retail Co. looked to revamp the structure with a unique storefront /entrance design that would create a “wow” factor among shoppers.

Most innovative decorative glass project, commercial exterior

The Glasshouse at Chihuly Garden and Glass, Guardian Industries and Novum Structures LLC
The Glasshouse at the Chihuly Garden and Glass marries highly transparent architectural glass, a mullion-less structure and the beautiful art glass of Dale Chihuly to create a multifaceted decorative glass project.

Most innovative decorative glass project, commercial interior

Aquarium of the Pacific, GlasPro Inc.
Visitors to Aquarium of the Pacific can experience a marine ecosystem without even getting their feet wet, with a glass wall that utilizes a high-resolution digital image to create a panorama of an actual kelp forest.

Most innovative decorative glass project, residential

Floating glass staircase, Faour Glass Technologies
This Florida residence features a floating glass staircase with glass acting as the baluster and a stringer supporting the glass steps.

Most innovative decorative glass product
MirroView, NSG Pilkington North America

Pilkington North America introduced MirroView, a product designed to conceal the appearance of television displays and video screens.

Most innovative energy efficient glass project

David and Lucile Packard Foundation Headquarters, Architectural Glass & Aluminum
The headquarters building in Los Altos, Calif., is the largest Net Zero building in the state, according to glazier Architectural Glass & Aluminum.

Most innovative energy efficient product

InLighten Light Shelf, Kawneer Co.
The InLighten Light Shelf leverages minimal material content, sightlines, weight, installation and maintenance efforts, all while maximizing daylighting and design options, according to Kawneer.

Most innovative commercial window
Suntuitive, Pleotint LLC

Pleotint’s proprietary Suntuitive interlayer does not rely on electriricy or software, so it transitions seamlessly between light and dark affordably without the threat of failure from these systems, according to Pleotint.

Most innovative equipment

SpyderCrane URW 376, Spydercrane Sales LLC
The SpyderCrane URW376 is a batterypowered mini-crawler crane for indoor use. At just 52 inches wide, the mini-crawler can easily travel through double doorways, according to SpyderCrane Sales.

Most innovative bath enclosure

Penthouse steam enclosure, Met-tec Shower Enclosures
This enclosure is from Met-tec’s Monumental custom, solid-brass, framed shower enclosure line, made from solid brass extrusions—plated to match the bathroom shower fixtures—for use with ½-inch clear, tempered glass.

Most innovative hardware

Magnaline, Panoramic Doors
Panoramic Doors developed Magnaline, a patentpending hardware system engineered to simplify and improve the operation and performance of its folding glass doors.

Most innovative website

www.generalglass.com, GGI
GGI commissioned Gensler of New York to design a new website that spoke directly to the A&D community. The resulting site features a clean, fresh look that is graphically driven and easy to navigate.


Most innovative software
Digital glass visualizer, PPG Industries

Glass color is a key factor in the product selection process but often the most difficult for architects to visualize. To help them understand how a glass product will look when installed on a commercial building, PPG has developed a Web-based Digital Glass Visualizer.


Online, industry-wide voting is currently underway for the people component of the Glass Magazine Awards recognizing the industry’s best installer, production supervisor, project manager and sales rep. Winners in these categories will be announced in the September 2013 issue of Glass Magazine. To read about the finalists and vote for the winners, visit www.glassmagazine.com/castyourvote.