Ping-Pong and Cornhole, All in Glass at GlassBuild America

What’s better than a game of Ping-Pong or cornhole? Ping-Pong on a sophisticated industrial-style, custom-built glass and steel table, and cornhole with innovative all-glass-construction digitally printed cornhole boards. The glass game table and boards take center stage at the Industry Pavilion at GlassBuild America 2019, opening today in Atlanta.

The Industry Pavilion will be the hub for learning, networking and industry connections during the show, which occupies over 187,000 square feet of exhibit space at the Georgia World Congress Center. The Industry Pavilion is home to show organizer the National Glass Association and partner organizations the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance. In addition to Ping-Pong and cornhole, the pavilion houses the Express Learning Theater, multiple computer stations and worktables, the NGA Knowledge Bar, industry publications hub and more.

“The Industry Pavilion is all about engagement. We are making an inviting space where people want to be,” says Andrew Haring, vice president of business development for the NGA. “We are creating a space where people can relax, but also learn and have access to the association powerhouses providing the information and education they need.”

The glass and steel Ping-Pong table and all-glass cornhole boards also demonstrate what’s possible in glass. “We want to show glass in nonconventional applications that celebrate the material and show what we can do,” Haring says. 

Dustin Anderson of Anderson Glass completed the design, fabrication and installation of the Ping-Pong table. The table features 3/8-inch Clearvision low-iron glass and grey side glass, manufactured by AGC Glass and fabricated. M3 Glass Technologies fabricated, tempered and digitally printed the glass, which features logos for the NGA and all project team players.

The four table legs were laser cut with the words of the NGA’s four strategic pillars: promote, educate, advocate and grow.

“We want this table to stand for something,” says Anderson. “That’s why we incorporated the words, the four pillars. We are building this table around the idea of something bigger. … These pillars are what our industry needs as we go into the future.”

Technical Glass Products supplied steel curtain wall back members to serve as framing for the table, and C.R. Laurence Co. provided the spider fittings that connect the side glass. The “net” of the Ping-Pong table is a custom honeycomb design, developed by Anderson. Anderson laser cut the letters and honeycomb design on a CNC laser cutter.

SmartLift assisted with installation, providing use of its lifting equipment. A Groves Inc. glass rack was used for transport on the show floor.

The cornhole boards were designed, fabricated and donated by Glasswerks Los Angeles. They were printed with logos for the NGA and Glasswerks using Dip-Tech digital ceramic printing. Vitro Architectural Glass manufactured ½-inch Starphire glass.

“I believe these are the very first all-glass cornhole boards ever created,” says Haring.

Haring also extended a thanks to all companies who participated in the projects, donating materials, supplies, design expertise, installation support and more.

GlassBuild America visitors can stop by booth #4041 to check out the Industry Association pavilion and catch a game of Ping-Pong or cornhole.