July 29, 2008 | Vol 3, Num 30
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What do you think about the new CMA software?
a useful and efficient tool
an average software
not useful
efficient but will be too expensive

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What is the most pressing project management issue?

Poor labor work ethic


Getting materials on time


Finding labor


Shrinking backlog


Cash flow


Getting the right materials the first time


Working with language barriers


Damaged materials


Securing credit


News to know

Market focus, IG forum, CMA software discussed at NFRC’s Summer Meeting
During the opening session of the National Fenestration Rating Council’s Summer Meeting July 28, Michael Collins, vice president, Building Products Group, Jordan, Knauff & Co., Chicago, presented “Window & Door Industry Update.”... read more

Glass website re-launches as GlassMagazine.com
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International news


In the city of Al Capone, Pizzeria Uno
and a presidential hopeful

I have arrived in the city of Chicago, the most populous city in Illinois and the Midwest, with a population of almost 3 million. This is my first time in the Windy City. In 1994, when I first came to this country, I was yay close to making a trip. I got admission in the Medill School of Journalism’s master's program... read more

Product spotlight

Bath and shower enclosure door
Southeastern Aluminum Products Inc., Jacksonville, Fla., redesigned its Parklane Hinge glass bath and shower enclosure door to include an internalized hinge, better adjustability and updated color options. ... read more

Risk tip of the week

Preventing employee injuries
Many employers think that exposure to hazardous materials or use of dangerous power tools causes the greatest number of injuries in a workplace. ... read more

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Project news Tinted glazing adds modern look to Michigan middle school
“The most challenging part of this project was layout and installation of the segmented curtain wall system for the circular clerestory. Since all horizontals including the glass are flat, the metal had to be cut on an angle to create the rounded curtain wall. Also, the curtain wall has two different colors of framing and it steps up in two different areas.”
—Ron VanHorn, vice president, Lansing Glass Co.

The basics: Pattengill Middle School, Lansing, Mich., providing a flagship look for future Lansing School District facilities, displays 14,000 square feet of exterior glazing that costs $914,000. The 200,000-square-foot building features a circular clerestory with high-performance blue-green tinted glass, triple-glazed units with integral internal blinds, fiberglass translucent wall panel fabricated by Oldcastle Glass Naturalite, Santa Monica, Calif., and 9,000 square feet of exterior Dri-Design aluminum panels, a dry-joint pressure-equalized rain screen system. Completed in 2007, the school cost $30.4 million.
The players: Architect, GMB Architects, Holland, Mich.; general contractors, Granger Construction Co., and Clark Construction Co., both of Lansing, Mich.; glazing contractor, Lansing Glass Co., Lansing, Mich.; glass fabricators, Oldcastle Glass, Santa Monica, Calif., and Litex Inc. of Rochester Hills, Mich.; glass manufacturer, PPG, Pittsburgh; curtain wall fabricator, Kawneer Co., Norcross, Ga.; aluminum panel fabricator, Dri-Design, Holland, Mich.; aluminum panel installer, Bouma Interiors, Okemos, Mich.
The glass and systems: Punched openings contain Litex’s triple-glazed units made up of two outside panes of PPG Azuria low-E in an 1-inch sealed insulating glass unit, aluminum blind in 1 1/8-inch air space, and one interior hinged glass panel of ¼-inch clear tempered that gives access to the blind.Kawneer’s 1600 Wall System 1, clear anodized, holds two ¼-inch lites of PPG Azuria in a 1-inch insulating glass unit fabricated by Oldcastle Glass. Two types of Dri-Design panels, finished with silver mica paint, were used: 24-inch-by-24-inch panels in .063 aluminum and 24-inch-by-48-inch panels in .080 aluminum.

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