February 26, 2008 | Vol 3, Num 8
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News to know

Laminated glass can minimize blast debris
“A blast pressure of more than 15 psi can rupture ear drums and collapse the lungs or crush the skull. The blast at the Oklahoma City federal building reached 4,000 psi,” Raj Goyal told the audience Feb. 18 during the second day of the Building Envelope Contractors Conference at the Rio All Suites Hotel ... read more

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Last week, BEC delivered keynote addresses from an Olympic hockey hero and a magician to about 650 attendees from 42 states and Canadian provinces. Check out Glass Magazine Editor in Chief Matt Slovick's blogs from the event ... read more

Machine safeguarding

Machine operators can be injured by moving parts or equipment. According to The Hartford Insurance Company’s loss control department, 10 percent of all industrial accidents involve operators injured by ... read more

Product spotlight

Unitized curtain wall
United States Aluminum of Waxahachie, Texas, introduced the thermal Series 5250 unitized curtain wall system that allows for shop fabrication, glazing ... read more

Financials

Architect billings slows for
commercial, institutional
The Architectural Billings Index from the American Institute of Architects, Washington, D.C., hit 50.7 in January, the lowest score in more than 18 months, according to a Feb. 22 article from AIArchitect. A score above 50 indicates a growth in design activity ... read more

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Tiny house makes big impact for sick children
“In addition to childlike, playful aesthetics, this year’s Cottages for Kids event also had a green focus. Participating architects, designers and builders used environmentally friendly materials and added sustainable concepts to their structures.”
—Heather West, media contact, Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co.


The basics: “The Pinwheel Windmill” might not be a real house, but it still manages to impress. Fetching $20,000 at an auction in Santa Rosa, Fla., benefiting school children of low-income homes, the two-story playhouse features custom-made Kolbe windows and other amenities that typical playhouses don’t have, including a thatched roof, built-in-bookshelves and solar-powered lights. Cottages for Kids, the charity event for the Children’s Volunteer Health Network of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., auctioned 13 playhouses in November 2007. The event raised around $100,000 for medical, dental and mental health services for uninsured Florida children.
The players: designer, Thurber Architecture, Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.; construction, Curacao LLC, Santa Rosa; window supplier, Coan Millworks LLC, Norcross, Ga.; window manufacturer, Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co., Wausau, Wis
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The glass and systems: Coan Millworks donated 20 of Kolbe’s Heritage Series wood windows as push-out casements and full circles from its line of K-Force Impact products.

Photo courtesy of Eric Marcus, Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.

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