At the Cutting Edge

Glass Magazine Award winners demonstrate the inspiring possibilities of glass
Norah Dick
August 23, 2019
COMMERCIAL, RETAIL, FABRICATION : AWARDS

The winners of the 2019 Glass Magazine Awards showcase cutting-edge design and engineering, next-level innovations, collaborative and creative problem-solving, exciting aesthetic possibilities and more. Winners boast everything from a striking wave-form façade in the heart of New York’s downtown to a gravity-defying thin glass exhibit.

“This year we had a very inspiring field of nominees,” says Ricardo Dominguez, owner, Jordon Glass Machinery, and Glass Magazine Awards judge. “Architects, contractors and glaziers continue to push the envelope of their imagination and curiosity. Their finished works capture and display their collective efforts, bringing to life beautiful structures that tell a story. For us in the industry, that story goes deeper than the finished project. The exterior aesthetics is but the capstone of the enormous effort, talent and engineering that each individual project took to get there. We marvel at the details.”

“I have been judging for almost a decade and the advances in technology, creativity, engineering and installation as provided by the candidates this year blows me away,” adds Terry Peterson, a Glass Magazine Awards judge and vice president of Novum Structures

The following pages present the impressive selection of 2019 winners, split into two categories: Projects and Products. To keep pace with industry innovation, Glass Magazine has revamped its competition processes and procedures, adding new awards categories to accurately reflect an evolving industry and altering the voting process for some categories. 

Glass Magazine once again relied on a panel of expert industry judges to vote for the Project award categories. In the Project awards, the competition showcased high-performance, innovative solutions by adding categories for green building, jumbo glass and protective glazing. A new category for Best Project Team highlights the continued need for collaboration on ever-more-complex projects. For the first time ever, the awards also highlight a Project of the Year that judges felt stood out from the rest. 

In the Products categories, Glass Magazine introduced new categories to better represent and recognize the entire supply chain, from manufacture to installation. The program also includes a new R&D award to recognize the months, and sometimes years, of work and testing that go into creating these exciting new tools and resources. 

This year, for the first time Product winners were chosen by readers. “The 2019 Glass Magazine Awards include impressive products, systems, equipment and more to serve all segments of the glass and glazing industry. Who better to determine this year’s most standout products than those across the industry—from the field to the factory—who will be the ones to use these innovations?” says Katy Devlin, editor-in-chief.  

The 2019 Glass Magazine Awards ceremony will take place Sept. 18 in the Express Learning Theatre, Booth #4029, at GlassBuild America in Atlanta. 

The Judges

The Glass Magazine Awards are made possible by the industry judges who graciously lend their insights every year to this competition. This year's judges represent the multi-faceted nature of the industry, coming from all points along the supply chain, from manufacture and installation to design. In 2019, these experts reviewed 55 projects to determine winners in eight categories. The Glass Magazine editorial staff would like to thank the judges for sharing their time and expertise in this selection process.

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Norah Dick is assistant editor and researcher for Glass Magazine. Write her at ndick@glass.org.