February 19, 2008 | Vol 3, Num 7
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GANA’s Decorative Division forms Education Committee
The Glass Association of North America’s Decorative Division formed an Education Committee during Friday’s sessions of Glass Week, Feb. 13-17, at the Rio All Suites Resort and Casino in Las Vegas ... read more

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For all of the week’s stories, including news about Glasstech’s new solar system business and YKK’s Cradle to Cradle Certification, click here. Visit www.GlassMagazine.net for daily headline news updates. ... read more

Eliminate employee dishonesty

According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, employees steal an estimated $30 billion to $100 billion per year from their employers ... read more

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In Vegas, winning with knowledge
At Glass Week in Las Vegas, Glass Magazine Editor in Chief Matt Slovick gets business tips from astronaut Mike Mullane, who flew three space shuttle missions ... read more

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Arched windows
Superior, Wis.-based Fen-Tech Inc. added an arched window line to its Botanica products ... read more

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Remodel of Century Plaza Towers adds beauty, functionality
“The Owner’s desire was to have as clear and open glass system as possible. … The greatest challenge was making the exterior glass fins work with the more than double the normal LA area wind loading, required by the special circumstances of two closely spaced, triangular structures almost 600 foot tall.”
—Jim Watkins, media contact, Pilkington Planar Structural Glazing


The basics: Los Angeles' Century Plaza Towers, designed by the late Minoru Yamasaki—known best for designing the World Trade Center—and developed by Alcoa, Pittsburgh, originally opened in 1975. In 2007, a floor-to-ceiling Pilkington Planar structural glass wall system was installed to extend the lobby and enhance views, improve pedestrian flow and allow easier access to the towers. Instillation of the mullion-less system with exterior cantilevered glass fins was completed in December 2007.
The players: Redesign architect, Keating Khang Architecture, Pasadena, Calif.; owner, Trammell Crow Co., Los Angeles; glazing design, engineering and glass supplier, W&W Glass Systems, Nanuet, N.Y.; contract glazier: Corona Aluminum, Riverside, Calif.
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The glass and systems: About 16,000 square feet of W&W’s 19-milimeter, clear Optifloat glass was used for the exterior glass walls. The glass support fins, typically applied to the interior in floor-to-ceiling height, were fitted to the exterior of the face glass and cantilevered from the ceiling to just below the top horizontal joint of the lower lite.

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