March 11, 2008 | Vol 3, Num 10
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In the Feb. 19 e-glass poll, about 36 percent of respondents said they first make cuts in travel to save money in their business. Have you noticed fewer attendees at industry meetings so far this year?
Yes, and it has affected meeting progress.
Yes, but we've managed to keep progressing.
No, I haven't noticed decreased attendance.
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Last week's poll results:
Which candidate would help the industry most as president?

John McCain


Barack Obama


Mike Huckabee


Hillary Clinton


News to know

Attachment products, CMA, Energy Star Windows focus at NFRC Spring Meeting
In his opening address, Joseph A. Hayden, chairman, NFRC board of directors, talked about building information modeling. ... read more

Global alliance formed by leading window
industry exhibitions
GlassBuild America is joining with fensterbau/frontale, Fenestration China and Istanbul Window to form the Global Fair
Alliance. ...
read more

More top stories
For all of the week’s stories, click here. Visit for daily headline news updates. ... read more


Presidential politics and the glass industry
Katy Devlin looks into what the remaining candidates have to say about several major issues for the industry: health care, immigration and the economy. ... read more

Risk management impacts insurance rates

Most entrepreneurs are risk takers, willing to invest resources with an expectation and hope, but no guarantee, of reward. Insurance, however, looks at “risk” as “peril.” ... read more

Product spotlight

Impact sliding door
Miami-based CGI Window and Doors introduced the Series 560 large- and small-missile impact-resistant aluminum sliding glass door with sizes up to 5 feet by 10 feet and design loads up to 170 pounds per square foot ... read more


Despite hefty gains, Oldcastle parent
warns of layoffs
Officials at Dublin’s building materials giant CRH PLC announced March 4 that the company saw an 18 percent rise in
full-year profit. ...
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Indiana library transformed with glazing technology
“With total visibility from floor to ceiling, the views of downtown are emphasized; at the same time, passersby are aware of the activity within the building.”
—Laurence O'Connor, Partner, Woollen, Molzan and Partners Inc.

The basics: The Indianapolis-Marion County Library’s atrium features two trapezoid-shaped cable net walls about 43 feet wide and 64 feet high, with a single-sloped, keystone-shaped, skylight glazing system that stretches about 132 feet by 98 feet, achieving an ultimate in transparency. The library’s tower is clad on the north and south sides by a four-sided butt-glazed curtain wall. The project was completed late last year and the library opened to the public on Dec. 9.
The players: Designer, Dewhurst Macfarlane and Partners, London; architect, Woollen, Molzan and Partners Inc., Indianapolis; for the atrium: glass fabricator, Eckelt Glas Gmbh, Austria; glass manufacturer, Saint-Gobain, Paris; contract glazier and system supplier, Novum Structures LLC, Menomonee Falls, Wis.; for the tower: glass fabricator, Viracon Inc., Owatonna, Min.; curtain wall system, ASI Limited, Indianapolis and LinEl Signature, Mooresville, Ind.
The glass and systems: For the atrium, Novum engineered the first weight-supported horizontal cable net system in the U.S., employing tension cable and corner-clamped-glass systems, said project architect Laurence O’Connor. The 15/16-inch clear, laminated and tempered low-iron glass is supported by ¾-inch stainless steel cables. Most of the glass pieces are 17 feet tall. The cables are pre-stressed and tensioned at one side of the structure with levers and counter weights. The butt-glazed tower features Viracon’s 1-1/8-inch insulating glass with a low-E coating and a green tint on the south-facing side, and clear glass on the north.

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