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Philadelphia Freedom

Big glass is here to stay.

AIA is always a show of note—and innovation. In addition to the glass and metal products there, visitors also are exposed to building products such as living roofs and custom faucets. Everything from new types of software to bathtubs for bicycles (true) were displayed. Here are some of the top themes from the event: Mood of jubilation! Every industry member with whom I spoke was busy with work. The number of bids and contracts are up, and backlogs are higher than they have been in years. The buoyancy other building material industries had at last year’s AIA show has reached the glass industry. And this makes sense because glass is… Read More »

Gorillas in the Midst

The wide expanse that was AIA 2015 in Atlanta last week ...

There were new ones and improved ones, and there were variations on a theme. There were enhancements and enrichments, as well as unique colors and new sizes. And, while they were all good, there was only one product at the AIA show that literally stopped me in my tracks. It was in, of all things, the booth of the panel supplier SnapCab. Snapcab displayed its patented system of interlocking panels designed to make any panel job, well, a snap. “The panels (layers) simply stack one on top of the other, and installation can be completed inside of a day, including demolition and installing a new ceiling,” says the company on its website…. Read More »

It’s Deja Vu on Deja Vu

Henry Taylor of Kawneer deep in architectural conversation at his company

What’s the popular culture definition of insanity? Doing things the same way and expecting different results. Well, glass industry plus annual AIA Convention = insanity because sometimes I just feel like Bill Murray in Ground Hog’s Day. Or at least I think so. I have never actually seen the movie all the way through, but I’ve caught enough pieces of it on cable to know it’s about a guy who keeps living the same day over and over, determined to make the outcome different, yet frustrated when he can’t. Yup, I’m Bill. Here’s why. Last year, in discussing the AIA ’13 show in Denver, I raised a familiar flag about… Read More »

Award-Winning AIA

Yeah that

Last week we talked a bit about the scary things I saw at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Convention. Most of those revolved around the use of alternative building materials on the building envelope and why it’s such a cause for concern. So this week, let’s talk about what was memorable in a good way. Let’s even recognize them with an annual award. I call them the “debbies.” Here goes: Most fun booth: Definitely YKK AP. Now they generate a lot of buzz with the whole “architect rap” thing, but it’s definitely infectious, even to an old glass gal like me. The two guys who appear in the… Read More »

A Triple AAA+ Week

Largest lammy ever: a 46 foot long laminated lite is on the left. It was fabricated by the German company seele.

I admire and appreciate glass on a daily basis. So it’s not often that I get a lump in my throat from anything our industry does. But this past week brought an exception to that.  The glass industry gets an “A” from me this week; in fact, it gets threes As. It was a Triple A (AAA+) week for our industry. The occasion from my totally rational exuberance was in fact a cacophony of three As themselves:  ASHRAE, architects and advancement. Let’s start with the last two. I spent half of last week in Denver at the annual convention of the American Institute of Architects Although the number of attendees… Read More »

Turning Tables

I am turning the blog tables a bit just for this week, following the industry’s lead and “subcontracting” it out. I am privileged today to introduced our new assistant editor, Erica Terrini, who we asked to describe her first two weeks at USGlass. —Deb Hitting the Ground Running by Erica Terrini, eterrini@glass.com As a newbie to the glass industry, it can be intimidating to interject one’s self into all the ins and outs of such a fast-paced environment. But after only several weeks, I can say without hesitation that I have grown quite attached to this newly, adopted perspective in which to view the world. My first introduction came in… Read More »

Top Five Trends in Glass at the AIA Show

Never one to write long if I can write short, here are the top five glass trends from the AIA 2012 convention, which just ended Saturday: 1. Dynamic and solar control glass a-go-go:  The primary manufacturers were out in semi-force (no AGC, no Cardinal) touting new and advanced products for solar control and energy efficiency. PPG Industries and Pleotint teamed up to present Suntuitive. It changes shading based on temperature and is easy to install, according to PPG’s Joanne Funyak;  Honeymooners Saint-Gobain and Sage Electrochomic were discussing a future of joint products (though they still had separate booths). Saint-Gobain also displayed electrochromic microlouvers available with both fixed and dynamic daylight control;… Read More »

Be Our Guest

This week is a red-letter one in Washington, D.C. Really. NATO Summit ? No. World Bank or IMF meetings? Nope. Michelle Obama shopping at Target again? Not. What could possibly be more exciting? How about thousands of architects descending on the city that L’Enfant designed and GSA built? We are all very excited to have the design community and lots of the glass industry here in D.C. To welcome everyone, we asked members of our staff share with you their favorite “hometown” places to visit and we’ve been sharing them on our USGNN.com™ daily news site over the past few weeks. I enjoyed seeing what places the staff members who participated… Read More »

Some Thoughts on AIA

As is the case most years, I attended the American Institute of Architects’ Annual Convention, in New Orleans two weeks ago, and saw a number of trends, some good and some worrisome. Specifically: 1.  The number of practicing architects seemed significantly lower than in previous years. Our stand, which is listed under our sister publication the Architect’s Guide to Glass magazine, was visited by many in the “architecture” field—students, professors, academicians, suppliers and consultants, but not very many pen-to-paper architects.  The economy has something to do with this, for sure, (because if you have no projects to design you have no money to spend on travel), but I think there… Read More »

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