From the Fabricator: Get Involved!

One of the most important approaches we have going right now is the National Glass Association Advocacy and Technical Services group. It is here, where so much that can affect our day to day world, is worked on, debated, pushed, delayed, etc. This takes on a larger role when you think about the comments made by the mayor of New York last week with regards to glass buildings. (There are others in our industry, like Chuck Knickerbocker, who covered this much more eloquently than I could ever, so I’ll  let their words stand for me.)

We are used to people taking shots at our industry and livelihood, and we will continue to fight on all fronts, but we surely could use more people involved and following along. Go to the NGA’s Advocacy and Technical Task Group Activity page to see what’s happening currently and reach out to add your help to it. If we don’t keep working together as an industry, comments that are directed at building with less glass will start to become more real than we want them to be!  We can’t sit still, so please get involved!

Elsewhere… 

  • Ad of the month choice was tough yet again, in a very thick issue with a lot of contenders. My winner this month is Sika. I usually don’t like text heavy ads, but the Sika ad jumped out at me because of the awesome picture they chose and the way the color matched Sika logo. The picture was a very sophisticated structure that made me want to study it. When you stop on an ad like that, it’s a winner. Kudos to whomever at Sika did this—I think I only know the great Kelly Townsend there, so Kelly you can take the credit, LOL! 
  • The Texas Glass Association Glass Conference II is coming up quickly. If you are involved in this industry and in Texas, you need to consider getting there for it. More info can be found here. Personally, I am looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new people. As I previously noted, I am honored to be speaking at the session, and I’ll be sharing some interesting forecast news amongst other nuggets.

    In addition, the other speakers and topics are very strong. Learn more here.
  • I have been hearing that black, matte hardware, of all styles and applications, is getting extremely hard to find. I’m even hearing that from the millwork side of the business. That look is hot right now and maybe too hot for everyone to keep up.
  • GlassBuild registration is now open. Don’t procrastinate, register now and also grab your hotel room. By the way, my Philadelphia friends, both the Eagles and Phillies will be in town during the GlassBuild run up and show, so you can mix a little sports with your show of the year.
  • Last this week: one of the coolest things to see architecturally in Michigan is at Michigan State University and the Broad Art Museum. The exterior is stunning thanks to a great design by Zaha Hadid and glass from Guardian Glass. This summer, on the inside of this amazing structure will be an incredible glass sculpture in the exhibition named Oscar Tuazon-Water School. Instead of me screwing up the description I’ll just use this from Guardian Glass:

    Tuazon’s ‘water window’ uses more than 200 square feet of monolithic, tempered lites provided by Guardian Glass. The four trapezoidal shapes, which weigh in excess of 800 pounds, are installed in a steel frame connected to a post and bearing, which allows the water window to also rotate, further transforming the window into a door. A digitally printed image—a reference to the original water window by Baer—was placed on the third surface and fired into the glass.”

    More info can be found here, but if you find yourself in the great state of Michigan this summer, this is worth seeing!

Read on for links and video of the week... 

Max Perilstein is founder of Sole Source Consultants, a consulting firm for the building products industry that specializes in marketing, branding, communication strategy and overall reputation management, as well as website and social media, and codes and specifications.

E-mail him at MaxP@SoleSourceConsultants.com. The opinions expressed here are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Glass Association, Glass Magazine editors, or other glassblog contributors.

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