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February 10, 2015
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2015 Top Glass Fabricators

The North America glass fabrication market is positive, with 82 percent of this year’s Top Glass Fabricators reporting an increase in overall sales volumes in 2014 over the previous year. As a result, fabricators are looking to grow their companies, with 78 percent planning to buy fabrication machinery and 75 percent planning to add products or product lines. A quarter of glass fabricators report they intend to add locations.

Photo and Video Tour: Construction Research Laboratory
During the IGMA Winter Conference, held Feb. 3-6 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, meeting attendees visited and toured Construction Research Laboratory Inc., a glass and building envelope testing facility in Miami. The facility, the first curtain wall test facility, established in 1955, is large enough to test more than 25 large-scale wall mockups simultaneously.

 
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Industry news
HPDs and Glass Reflectance Issues Spark Discussion During IGMA Winter Conference
 
Global Flat Glass Market to Grow 7 Percent Annually through 2019
 
Construction Spending Up 5.6 Percent in 2014
 
Construction Adds 39,000 Jobs in January
 
 
People news
PPG Names National Architectural Managers: Stephen Cohen, Northeast; George Sultage, Mid-Atlantic
 
Ryan Noble Joins Wausau as Eastern Regional Sales Manager
 
Product Spotlight
Low-E Bird Safe Glass from Walker Glass

Walker Glass launched bird safe low-emissivity coated acid-etched glass products, combining the AviProtek pattern range from Walker Glass with the features of Solarban glass products from PPG Industries. Walker Glass and PPG Industries have teamed up to create a sustainable answer to the need for bird safe glass while meeting the energy efficiency requirements. Walker places Walker Textures AviProtek acid-etched stock or custom patterns on the No. 1 surface, combined with high performance low-E coatings, Solarban 60, Solarban 67 or Solarban 70xl glasses, on No. 2.

 
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Designing to Face the Biggest Challenge of Our Time
By Katy Devlin

Green building means so much more than energy and thermal performance, a sentiment made clear during the Facades+ architectural conference held Feb. 5-6 in Los Angeles. To truly build green demands consideration of durability, sustainability, recyclability, preservation and more.

From the Fabricator: Don't Count Out the Birds
By Max Perilstein

In one of my predictions for 2015, I noted that the “Bird Safe” glass revolution would grow. One key area of growth is to get a stronger voice in the code process. Now with easily available bird-safe glass products, and a possible push on the code side, we’re about to see the revolution grow.

Great Glazing
Battle Creek Area Math and Science Center

Contract glazier: Architectural Glass & Metal
Glass fabricators:
Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope and Thompson I.G.
Glass manufacturer: Guardian Industries

The former Kellogg Cereal City Museum has been transformed into the Battle Creek Area Math & Science Center, a cutting-edge facility with a commanding, cantilevered glass curtain wall in Battle Creek, Michigan.

“[The] glass played a very important role in helping us achieve our design goals,” says Matt Slagle, senior design architect with TowerPinkster. “Its neutral appearance allows for the seamless transition from the building’s original form, the former Cereal City USA Museum, to a state-of-the-art school.” Read more...
 

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