December 18, 2007 | Vol 2, Num 51
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TBS hosts a 24-hour marathon of “A Christmas Story;” “Home Alone” was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records as the highest box office gross for a comedy; and in 2006 the American Film Institute ranked “It’s a Wonderful Life” the #1 most powerful movie of all time. No matter if and how you celebrate, holiday movies are everywhere. What's your favorite?
“A Christmas Carol”
“A Christmas Story”
“Home Alone”
“It’s a Wonderful Life”
“Miracle on 34th Street”
“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
“White Christmas”

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News to know

Green focus at building conference
Ecobuild Fall: Sustainable, Green and High-Performance Solutions for the Built Environment, and AEC-ST Fall: Science & Technology for Architecture, Engineering & Construction took place Dec. 10-13 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. About 150 exhibitors showed their products, services and technology, as against 100 last year ... read more

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Special report: China's glass industry

Glass demand in China to rise
Demand for flat glass in China is expected to climb 8.6 percent per year through 2011 to 2.2 billion square meters, according Flat Glass in China, a Freedonia study released Dec. 5. Measured in value, flat glass demand will expand 15 percent per year to about $1 billion, driven by a shift in the mix toward higher value fabricated glass in many applications ... read more

Fenestration China opens opportunities for U.S. companies in the booming Chinese market
U.S. companies and associations that attended Fenestration China 2007 in November say the event provided a stepping stone into the skyrocketing Chinese fenestration and glass industry. “For the industry, China is the biggest market in the world—the fastest growing,” says James Gao, director of sales and marketing, Asia, for Edgetech IG ... read more

Product spotlight

Door hinge
Los Angeles-based C.R. Laurence Co. introduced the Atlas Series door hinge for large interior glass doors. With two hinges installed, an all-glass door weighing up to 140 pounds with a maximum width of 39 inches can be created. The hinge is suitable for new or retrofit entrance doors ... read more


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Project news:

Salisbury, Md., to get glass-clad, class A office building
Bidding begins on glass contract for project
“The CrossRoads at Salisbury will be a first for the Eastern Shore of Maryland. This type of project is typically seen around the beltways of Baltimore and the District of Columbia.”—George Sultage Jr., architectural/curtain wall designer, IOTT Architecture & Engineering Inc.

The basics: The $125 million CrossRoads at Salisbury (Md.) includes 245,000-square-feet of office space in five multistory glass-clad buildings and two business-themed hotels. The first phase, Buildings A & B, will be glazed in summer 2008. Contact IOTT for more information about bids.
The players:
Developer, Hobbs Road Development LLC, Salisbury; architect, IOTT Architecture & Engineering Inc., Salisbury; general contractor, Southern Builders, Salisbury; specified framing system supplier, Kawneer North America, Norcross, Ga.; specified glass supplier, Pilkington, United Kingdom. 

Specified glass and systems:
35,850 square feet on buildings A & B, with Pilkington Arctic Blue over Solarban 60 or Solarban 70 specified for vision panels; Pilkington Arctic Blue over clear, blue spandrel on No. 4 surface specified for spandrel areas. 6-inch Kawneer 1600 Wall system and Kawneer 2250 with clear anodized finish

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