August 7, 2007 | Vol 2, Num 32
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Last week's poll results: 
How familiar are you with the nonresidential component-based rating program (CMA) that NFRC is developing?

38.75%: Never heard of it

31.25%: I've heard of it, but don't know details

16.25%: I don't attend meetings, but I keep up with CMA news and updates

13.75%: I'm involved in the process and know it very well

News to know

Pella Mentioned as Suitor for Efco
Officials at Efco Corp., the manufacturer of commercial and architectural fenestration products, told employees July 30 the company is in the midst of “very serious” negotiations with a potential buyer ... read more

Glaziers look to commercial jobs to compensate for falling multifamily construction
In 2002, office construction starts were falling, and the residential building market led growth in the building market. During the past five years, the situation reversed ... read more

More top stories
Glass companies report no effect from minimum wage hike
Last month, the legislature approved the first federal minimum wage increase in 10 years. However, many glass company managers already pay their employees far above minimum wage and don’t expect to feel the wage increase ...

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Product spotlight

Deglazing tool
Nelson Marketing of Garden Valley, Calif., introduced Glass Bot, an automated deglazing tool. It removes commercial and residential glazed units retained by adhesive materials ... read more


All economic drivers strong for nonresidential building
Leading economic indicators report overall construction market improvement in June, with steady growth predicted for the rest of the year ... read more

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Project news

Alaska’s Alutiiq Center stands out with petroglyph-inspired glass wall

The basics: Designers of the Alutiiq Center in Anchorage transferred images of four ancient petroglyphs from their original stone carvings to a projecting glass wall at the entrance. The building, part of the Afognak Native Corp., opened in August 2006.
The players:
 Architect, Koonce Pheffer Bettis Inc., Anchorage; contract glazier, Alaska Glazing Inc., Anchorage; developer, Venture Development Group, Las Vegas; general contractor, Neeser Construction Inc., Anchorage.

The glass and systems:
Twenty-four panes of laminated glass make up the point-supported structural glass wall that suspends from the building’s exterior. The wall features a petroglyph pattern.

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Photos by Koonce Pheffer Bettis Inc., Anchorage.

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