January 8, 2008 | Vol 3, Num 1
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Of the following, which type of curtain wall do you expect to grow most in popularity in 2008?
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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?

25.81%: "It's a Wonderful Life"

19.35%: Other

16.13%: "A Christmas Carol"

12.90%: "A Christmas Story"

9.68%: "Miracle on 34th Street"

9.68%: "White Christmas"

3.23%: "Home Alone"

3.23%: "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"


News to know

Apogee extends architectural product offerings
In another example of convergence in the industry, Apogee Enterprises Inc., Minneapolis, purchased Tubelite Inc., Walker, Mich., at the end of December, to grow its presence in architectural markets ... read more

Defenestrating in Prague leads to war
Armed with nothing but a travel guide, wi-fi and her wits, blogger Katy Devlin learns more about fenestration - and defenestration ... read more

More top stories

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Product spotlight

Clear, textured glass
Spectrum Glass Co. of Woodinville, Wash., introduced a line of clear textured glass for light commercial and residential applications. Products include Baroque and Quarter Reed, among others... read more


Staying strong in 2008
Despite the United States’ residential slump and the subprime mortgage crash, the nonresidential construction market should experience growth in 2008. However, growth will not be as strong as in 2007, according to a Dec. 13 forecast from the Associated General Contractors, Arlington, Va... read more

The week's business headlines

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San Francisco’s Symphony Towers to provide comfort, convenience
“Designed to provide residents of San Francisco with modern, convenient living, the Symphony Towers is one of the city’s newest condominium properties. Wausau Window and Wall Systems’ high-performance windows and doors provide views of the skyline, while offering protection against the Bay Area’s harsh weather and environmental conditions.”—Heather West, media contact, Wausau Window and Wall Systems

The basics: The residential complex includes a 14-floor high-rise tower and a nine-floor building, each constructed simultaneously, to be completed in spring of this year. Together they will contain 130 condominium units, underground parking and 1,500 square feet of retail space.
The players:
Developer, Van Ness Towers LLC, Novato, Calif.; architect, Christiani Johnson Architects , San Francisco; construction manager, WBB Construction Inc., Novato, Calif.; structural engineer, Nishkian Menninger, San Francisco; window systems, Wausau Windows and Wall Systems, Wausau, Wis.
Specified glass and systems: 685 series 3250 project-out casements and awning window units with a 3 ½-inch frame depth and polyurethane thermal barrier, 28 series 4250i terrace doors with a 4 ½-inch frame depth and polyurethane thermal barrier. Different glass types are used to satisfy varying sound transmission class requirements. Custom head, sill and jamb starters integrate with the building’s waterproofing membrane to meet San Francisco’s environmental demands.

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