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Humphreys, Downs take top honors in bath enclosure competition
Jenni Chase
October 3, 2008

Travis Humphreys of A&T Glass & Window Corp., Palm City, Fla., took first place in the BEMA “glass under 3/8-inch” category for this custom-cut enclosure.

A repeat winner in the BEMA Design Awards Competition, Bruce Downs of CB Showers in San Carlos, Calif., won first place in the “glass 3/8-inch and over” category for this enclosure featuring German antique glass.

Travis Humphreys of A&T Glass & Window Corp. in Palm City, Fla., and Bruce Downs of CB Showers in San Carlos, Calif., took top honors in the 2007-2008 Bath Enclosure Manufacturers Association 12th Annual Design Awards Competition. BEMA will honor the two winners at its annual membership meeting Oct. 7 in conjunction with GlassBuild America in Las Vegas.

Humphreys' 5/16-inch clear glass shower enclosure took first place in the "glass under 3/8-inch" category. The enclosure was custom cut out-of-square to eliminate the need for a U-channel. "We [also] chose to use a header to avoid using multiple clips, thus achieving the 'clean look' the homeowner desired," Humphreys said, in a BEMA release. "The seamless design was enhanced with C.R. Laurence satin nickel hardware and water clear silicone."

In the "glass 3/8-inch and over" category, Downs took first place with an enclosure featuring German antique glass. "This bathroom was part of a custom builder's personal showcase home, and the main requirement was the ability to see the beautiful stone work and to have something unique and different," Downs said, in the release. "We chose German antique glass-a low-iron antique glass-to accomplish this. In addition, the customer wanted the option of experiencing a regular shower, and at times, a steam shower. An operable vent built into a side panel allows this flexibility. The result is exquisite functionality," the repeat winner said.

The BEMA awards program recognizes exceptional bathroom design using a shower or tub enclosure in place of a shower curtain. To view all of the entries, visit

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