November 20, 2007 | Vol 2, Num 47
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Which nonresidential segment is most vulnerable to a slowdown?

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Last week's poll results: 
Which U.S. region has the healthiest construction market?

31.76%: South

21.18%: Southwest

16.47%: Midwest

12.94%: Northwest

10.59%: Northeast

7.06%: Mid-Atlantic





News to know

West should prep for commercial slowdown
Nonresidential construction economy vibrant in short term

Part one of four

The October Architectural Billings Index from the American Institute of Architects, Washington, D.C., released Nov. 16, projects a slowdown for nonresidential construction, as billings slow nationwide with the West hit hardest. The index, derived from a work-on-the-boards survey of architects, is a projection of nonresidential construction activity six months down the road ... read more

Glass manufacturers, window cleaners, hold firm on scraper issue
For years, people in the glass industry and the glass-cleaning business have debated the use of metal scrapers to clean windows, patio doors and curtain walls. One side says don’t use scrapers; the other says make flawless glass. Like the old Miller Lite commercials of “tastes great; less filling,” neither group will change its stance ... read more

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Product spotlight

Impact windows and doors
Traco of Cranberry Township, Pa., expanded its Biscayne Shutterless product line with thermal aluminum impact coastal area windows and doors with insulating laminated glass ... read more


October architectural billings edge back up, inquiries slow
Architectural billings rebounded slightly in October, according to a Nov. 16 release from the American Institute of Architects, Washington, D.C. The Architectural Billings Index suffered a steep downturn from July to September, falling from 60 to 51.1. In October, the ABI edged up slightly to 53.2, according to the release ... read more

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Project news:

Suspended wall makes for tough install on courthouse

The basics: Contract glaziers faced major installation challenges for the new construction and renovation of the nine-story Manatee County Judicial Center in Brandenton, Fla. About six installers were required to install each segment of the suspended wall, inside-set system. The 223,000-square-foot, $69 million project should be complete by the end of the year.
The players:
Architects, Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum, Tampa office; Fawley Bryant Architects, Brandenton; framing supplier, YKK AP America Inc., Austell, Ga.; glass fabricator, Viracon, Owatonna, Minn.; float glass supplier, ACH Glass, Tulsa, Okla.; glazing contractor West Tampa Glass, Tampa; general contractor, Balfour Beatty Construction, Tampa

The glass and systems:
YHC300IG and YHS50FI hurricane-impact framing systems with 1 5/16-inch impact insulating glass units with VE-2M low-emissivity coating on No. 2 surface, laminated lite and Versalux green 2000 heat strengthened lite.

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