April 1, 2008 | Vol 3, Num 13
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C.R. Laurence continues acquisition strategy with Sommer & Maca purchase
Q&A with CEO Donald Friese
Officials from C.R. Laurence Co., Los Angeles, a supplier to the glazing, architectural, construction, industrial, and automotive industries, announced March 25 the purchase of Sommer & Maca Industries, Cicero, Ill. ...
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Confessions from a green blogger with a big carbon footprint


Self-affirmed environmentally conscious blogger Katy Devlin discovers the scary truth of her annual carbon emissions. Read the blog to learn how you can calculate your own carbon footprint. ... read more

Product spotlight

Infrared thermometer
Germany’s Micro-Epsilon Messtechnik GmbH and Co., with North American headquarters in Raleigh, N.C., launched the Optris CT glass infrared thermometer ... read more

Preventing motor vehicle collisions


Defensive driving is defined as driving to prevent collisions in spite of the incorrect actions of others and adverse driving conditions, such as light, weather, road, traffic, vehicle condition, and the physical or mental state of the driver ... read more

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Nonresidential construction declines in
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MotorCity façade reflects Detroit’s automotive history
“It was suggested the new casino thematically draw upon Detroit’s automotive and industrial history, revitalizing past Detroit architectural styles. Through the use of tinted glass and steel, Giffels is providing continuity with this tradition.” —Giffels representative

The basics: MotorCity Casino Hotel is Detroit’s new 17-story luxury hotel in the MotorCity Casino Complex. It builds on the city's rich history, featuring a fusion of automotive design and cutting-edge technology. The structure features a curtain wall glass system accented with horizontal bands designed to reflect the light of internal continuous light emitting diode fixtures.
The players: Architect, Giffels Inc., Southfield, Michigan; glazier, American Glass & Metal Corp., Plymouth, Mich.; glass fabricator, Oldcastle Glass, Santa Monica, Calif.; glass manufacturers, Guardian Industries Corp., Auburn Hills, Mich., ACH Glass, Tulsa.; curtain wall supplier, Vistawall Architectural Products, Terrell, Texas.
The glass: The owners selected Versalux Blue 2000 float glass for the outboard lite to give the glass a blue/gray, almost metallic look. Guardian’s SunGuard SuperNeutral 68 was selected on clear glass on the inboard lite to improve the overall glass thermal and solar performance. Casinos tend to have fast-track schedules and meeting deadlines was critical. As a SunGuard Select Fabricator, Oldcastle Glass met the tight schedules to keep the project on track.

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