Volume 19,  Issue 1                                                   Spring 2005


impact-resistant systems
Weather the Storm: StormMax FG-5000 from Vistawall
Vistawall Architectural Products has developed the StormMax FG-5000, an impact-resistant storefront system engineered to provide protection against wind-borne debris as mandated by South Florida’s hurricane code.

According to a Vistawall press release, the storefront system has the ease-of-installation that conventional storefront systems have and meets compliance with the Miami/Dade County Protocol 201, 202, 203 and Southern Building Code Congress International. or call 800/869-4567.

Bombs Away: Blast-Resistant Storefront from U.S. Aluminum
United States Aluminum of Waxahachie, Texas, has announced its BR604 and BR606 blast-resistant 2 ½- by 5-inch storefront systems have been engineered and successfully tested to withstand explosions from pressure levels of one pound to six pounds per square inch.

According to information from the company, these systems feature the patented Storm Front entrance as well as screw spline assembly for panel-type erection. They also accept 1 5/16-inch insulating, laminated glass. or call 800/627-6440.

fire-Rated Glazing
Firefighters: Pyroshield Plus from Technical Glass Products
Technical Glass Products (TGP) of Kirkland, Wash., has added Pilkington’s Pyroshield Plus to its product offerings.

According to TGP, Pyroshield Plus is a wired glass that offers both impact safety and fire protection. It is formed by taking traditional wired glass and laminating it with a special interlayer to another layer of clear glass. The company says the product meets CPSC 16 CFR 1201 (category 1).

Pilkington Pyroshield Plus is UL listed and has a fire rating of up to 90 minutes in doors and up to 45 minutes in other applications. or call 888/397-3473.

Step on It: Glass Flooring from AGG
Artwork in Architectural Glass (AAG), of Good Hope, Ga., has announced that it is now offering monolithically polished edge work on glass flooring and glass stair treads. 

The glass flooring is UL-approved in accordance with UL 410, the standard for slip resistant floor surface materials. Large panel sizes and transparent or translucent anti-slip textures are designed to provide no interruption to the line of site. The glass flooring is specifically engineered for each project to provide the safest solution possible, according to a company news release. or call 

Good Idea: IdeaScapes™ from PPG
Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries has introduced IdeaScapes, a new brand identity that includes its architectural products and services.

The products included under the new brand are EcoLogical Building Solutions, the company’s glass, coatings and paint products for sustainable design; architectural glass and Certified Fabricator Program; industrial finishes; and architectural finishes.

According to PPG, development of the new brand name began in late 2003 following a survey of more than 600 architects. or call 888/PPG-IDEA.

Structured Systems: Structural Glass from Paragon
Paragon Architectural Products LLC, of Scottsdale, Ariz., now offers turn-key structural glass systems for commercial and high-end residential projects. With a focus on creating transparent, spatial architecture, Paragon fabricates glass and steel for fin walls, spider walls, cable-net systems and cable-truss/steel-truss systems. In addition, the company offers engineering, design assistance and shop-drawings. 

storefronts and entrances
Knock on Wood: Wood Grain Finishes from JVM
JVM Aluminum Inc. of Brooklyn, N.Y., is now offering storefronts and other architectural aluminum products with a wood-grain finish. 

The finished product is made through an electrostatic powder coating process. The products can be used in interior as well as exterior applications and are not affected by UV-radiation or other weather conditions, according to the company.

The products are readily available in mahogany and oak. Other finishes are available upon request. or call 718/832-1283.

Color, Color, Color 
Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Joel Berman Glass Studios (JBGS) has launched its Berman Glass coatings lines. Joel Berman has created a permanent bonding process that renders a high-quality appearance and is colorfast and durable, according to the company’s announcement. The line, which has been tested for structural adhesion, includes 26 standard, opaque colors, and is suitable for both commercial and residential applications.

In addition to the standard color offerings, the company can match any existing Pantone color. Berman Glass coatings can also be custom colored for installation or home products. The coatings can be used on tempered, annealed, bent, laminated, flat and textured glass. or call 800/505-GLASS.

Architect's Guide to Glass & Metal
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