October 30, 2007 | Vol 2, Num 44
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Commercial construction in 2008 will most likely:

46.91%: Grow, but at a slower pace

24.69%: Level off

22.22%: Continue with strong growth

6.17%: Decline




News to know

Glass companies respond to California fires
Malibu Glass destroyed in blaze

Many southern California glass companies are working overtime on emergency replacements as the region begins to recover from the 23 wildfires that engulfed 500,000 acres from Santa Barbara to the Mexican border. The blazes forced many shops to close for several days last week ... read more

Building code legislation protects against natural disasters
Glass companies to benefit from uniformity of code bill
As wildfires raged throughout California last week, one of the state’s representatives presented legislation to Congress that would lead to tougher and more uniform building codes across the country if passed and adopted ... read more

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Product spotlight

Post-temperable painted glass
General Glass International of Secaucus, N.J., expanded its post-temperable painted glass product line with Dekor Kolor dots and lines manufactured by Dekormat of Spain ...
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Nonresidential construction forecasted to slip
Green building, institutional to grow
The U.S. construction market is expected to drop 2 percent in 2008, following a projected 8 percent decrease in 2007, according to the 2008 Construction Outlook from McGraw-Hill Construction ...  read more

Three float companies issue third quarter reports

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Business updates

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Project news:

Channel glass wall highlights Houston restaurant façade
“For the Oceanaire, we liked that channel glass is structurally stable and can be used to redefine how light plays into a space. … It has the ability to hold light, but also diffuse it, which creates an evocative quality.” — Betsy Vohs, project designer with the 20 Below Studio

The basics: Designers of the Oceanaire Seafood Room at the Galleria Mall in Houston wanted the restaurant to stand out amid the flat, box-like look of the rest of the mall. They specified a three-tier, 35-foot high channel glass wall to curve around the corner of the restaurant.
The players:
Architect, 20 Below Studio, Minneapolis, GHA Architecture/Development, Dallas; glazing contractor, W.L. Hall Co., Hopkins, Minn.; glass supplier, Technical Glass Products, Kirkland, Wash.

The glass and systems:
Translucent, self-supporting Pilkington Profilit U-shaped glass channels mounted in an extruded metal perimeter.

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