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March 2019

BEC: Not Just Lunch

For me, the best part of the Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Conference yesterday was lunch. That’s right, lunch–but not for the obvious reasons. No, the food wasn’t the reason why I enjoyed lunch so much, though Chinese was rather an inspired choice. And it wasn’t the break from the seminars, because most of them were excellent. It was what happened at lunch that made it my favorite part. Please bear with me while I explain. The conference, which began Sunday evening and runs through Tuesday afternoon at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, brought together about 600 contractors who work on the building façade. It was one of the Glass Association… Read More »

The New Order?

What will the future customer of the contract glazier look like? Though no one can know for sure, one thing is certain; that customer will look nothing like he does today. “The days of getting three bids and choosing the lowest one are pretty much gone,” said one such customer recently. Let me explain. Mike Staun is the associate director of construction for Proctor and Gamble (P&G) and, as such, he oversees a construction budget of more than $1 billion a year, spent on P&G properties, including one of their newest ones in West Virginia. Staun spoke last week at the IMPACT/Ironworkers Annual Convention in Las Vegas. He provided a… Read More »

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