April 29, 2008 | Vol 3, Num 17
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News to know

Glass prices, fuel surcharges on the rise
Glaziers report that glass prices are up between 7 percent and 10 percent depending on the product since April of last
year. ...
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Toledo soaks up the sun to spur growth


The home of Pilkington NA is using an old industry—glass—to power a new industry—solar cells. ... read more

Product spotlight

Steel curtain wall
Technical Glass Products, Kirkland, Wash., introduced the SteelBuilt Curtainwall Infinity series. ... read more

Keeping the air clean


Poor indoor air quality can cause a variety of symptoms such as headaches, eye irritations, respiratory problems and drowsiness. These in turn can lead to excessive absenteeism, loss of productivity and poor morale. ... read more

Financials

Middle East market drives first quarter growth
at Glaston

First quarter orders increased 25 percent for Finland’s glass machinery company Glaston Corp., with the Middle East leading growth and Asia developing positively, according to Glaston’s April 23 interim report. ... read more

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Phoenix corporate campus controls sun, maximizes daylight
“Each building façade was designed to respond to its own exposure with deep set windows; horizontal metal shade fins were utilized on the southern exposure to control the harsh southern light.”
—from the project’s American Institute of Architects’ Nevada entry, for which it received an Honor Award

The basics: The $107 million, 630,000-square-foot Riverpoint Center, completed in November 2007, provides office space for more than 6,000 workers employed by Apollo Group’s corporate headquarters and online operations that support the University of Phoenix and other educational programs. Architects designed the buildings along the site’s east-west axis to bring as much natural light as possible into the open office spaces. High-performance insulating glass mitigates solar heat gain and the adjacent freeway noise.
The players: Architect, Carpenter Sellers Architects, Las Vegas, and SmithGroup, Phoenix; general contractor, Sundt Construction Inc., Tempe, Ariz.; glazing contractor, KT Fabrication Inc., Chandler, Ariz.; glass fabricator, Wausau Window and Wall Systems, Wausau, Wis.; glass manufacturer, Viracon, Owatonna, Minn.; curtain wall fabricator: Wausau Window and Wall Systems; curtain wall finisher, Linetec, Wausau, Wis.
The glass and systems: Viracon supplied Solarscreen 2000 low-E V6-2M, 1-inch vision glass and 0.25-inch spandrel glass and, for the first floor, Radiant low-E VRE-59 1-inch vision glass. Aluminum curtain wall has an Aluminum Association Class I clear anodized finish. Wausau fabricated 186,000 square feet of window system including vertical silicone glazed 8750 STX wall that supports sun shades, 7250 unitized four-sided silicone glazed curtain wall, 4 ¾-inch-deep RX-Wall system in a vertical strip application, 6 ¼-inch-deep RX-Wall system in punched openings, and 8 1/4-inch-deep SuperWall system for the lower levels.

Photo courtesy of Carpenter Sellers Architects, Las Vegas.

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