Volume 37, Issue 10, October 2002



Solutia Inc. Announces Innovative Design Award Winners

St Louis-based, Solutia Inc., announced the winners of this year’s Solutia Design Awards program. According to the company, the international program recognizes designers and architects who have used Solutia’s architectural glazing products in their projects. Winning architects or designers receive an original glass sculpture by artist Dale Chihuly. Entries to the competition were judged on:

    • Significance of the design in regards to new and developing applications of laminated glass;

    • The degree of attention paid to the benefits of laminated glass; and 

    • The creative use of laminated glass and the overall aesthetic appeal of the project.

Architects and interior designers judged the competition. 

The 2002 Solutia Design Award winners are:

 • Interiors Category
    The Garage, Sao Paulo, Brazil
    Architect: Brunete Fraccaroli.

 • Institutional Category
    Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wis.
    Architect: Santiago Calatrava.
    Laminator/Glazing Contractor: Cricursa (Cristales Curvados S.A.), Viracon.


   • Innovative Category
    Cauldron, Olympic Winter Games, Salt Lake City.
    Designer: Jim Doyle, Wet Design.
    Laminator: Oldcastle Glass Group.



 • Retail Category
    Christian La Croix Daikanyama
    Designer: Christian La Croix.
    Architect: Christophe Carpente, Caps Architects.
    Laminator: Sanshiba Glass Co.

  • Sports and Recreational Facilities Category
    Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, Australia.
    Architects: The Buchan Group.
    Laminator: Don Mathieson Staff Glass Pty. Ltd.


IUPAT's New Campaign Is a Real "Scream!"

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT), based in Washington, D.C., has launched new movie theater-based recruiting campaign commercials in theaters across the country. Two commercials, one a parody of Scream and the other of The Matrix, aim to catch the attention of young moviegoers contemplating their future careers.

“We wanted a way to directly address the young men and women we’re looking for to join our apprenticeship programs and enter the finishing trades industry,” said James A. William, general president of the IUPAT. “The summer is big for movies—teens and young adults love to go to the movies—that that's where we knew we had to be," he said.

According to the organization, it is confident that its new campaign will be successful in attracting young men and women to IUPAT.

“The jobs are there and waiting,” said Tim McAnany, president of the Finishing Contractors Association (FCA), an IUPAT partner on the management/employer side of the finishing industry. “We’re looking for the qualified men and women to fill those jobs, and the apprenticeship program with the IUPAT is the first step in acquiring those qualifications,” he said.

Helima Named “Vendor of the Year” by Northwestern Industries

Kristy Madley, accounts manager, and Gary Johnson, director, display Helima’s vendor of the year award from Northwestern Industries.

Seattle-based Northwestern Industries (NWI) recently presented Helima Helvetion International, the North and South American arm of Germany-based Lingemann Group, with the Vendor of the Year award. Helima was selected from more than 300 Northwestern suppliers.

“The long relationship between Helima and NWI truly exemplifies the key vendor-supplier partnerships that help us accomplish our goal of providing our customers, the finest fabricated glass products in the Western United States,” said Ron Murphy, Northwestern Industries’ purchasing agent.

“We are pleased to receive this award that perhaps best reflects Helima’s continuous commitment to meet Northwestern’s high standards for its products and services,” said Gary Johnson, director of Helima Helvetion International. “Northwest’s ‘quality in equals quality out’ philosophy is one we share and try to exemplify, day-in and day-out.”

Pilkington ACTIV™ Self-Cleaning Glass Used In First Commercial Installation
ACTIV Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Mich., recently became the site of the first commercial installation of Pilkington’s Activ self-cleaning glass. 

“The primary reason for specifying Pilkington Activ glass in this project was the appealing environmental properties,” said Linda Vos-Graham, president of Vos Glass Inc., the glazing contractor in Grand Rapids that worked to get Activ approved for the project. “You don’t need cleaning detergents to clean the station, which eliminates the danger of chemicals harming the botanical environment,” said Vos-Graham. 

Greg Metz, an architect at Progressive AE, a company whose architects and engineers worked on the project, said “Activ glass fits very well because its properties provided an undistorted view of the landscape and building components without requiring a high amount of labor and resources to keeping the windows clean.”

The project used 1-inch insulating glass units of Pilkington Activ glass over clear glass, Activ glass over clear with a hue-white laminate and Activ glass over obscure/privacy glass for a total of approximately 400 square feet.

The PhotoActiv™ property present in Activ glass uses natural daylight to attack and dissolve organic dirt continuously. 

CRL Adds New Architectural Services Division
Los Angeles-based C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL) has created the architectural services division, designed to provide product information, assistance with specifications and technical support to architects and specifiers.

“As we expand our manufacturing capabilities, especially in the architectural hardware arena, we want to work closely with architects, introducing them to our wide range of products and providing them all the information necessary to specify our products. We consider this division to be very important to our company’s future. It will not only raise our level of service to our architectural customers, but it is also a good business decision,” said Donald E. Friese, CRL president and chief executive officer.

Doug Williams has been appointed director of the architectural services division. “Doug Williams brings years of experience with CRL and the architectural field to this position. His new staff will work with him to service architects and others in this field. Doug will also be responsible for handling our new strategic sales division, which will work on target and project sales,” said Friese.
In addition, CRL has introduced a new architectural hardware catalog (AHO3) that includes new sizes and styles of door rails to be combined with its wedge-lock dry-glazed rail system; electromagnetic locks and accessories, panic and deadbolt handles, electronic egress control handles, heavy glass sliding doors and many other products.


PGT Industries Donates Golf Proceeds to Special Olympics
PGT Industries of Nokomis, Fla., recently donated the proceeds from its 13th Annual Invitation Golf Tournament in Sarasota to the Sarasota County Special Olympics. 

The company's annual invitational raised more than $4,600 that will be used to cover the costs of new uniforms for the athletes, transportation to and from state and local competitions and lodging at those competitions.

In other news, PGT made its way into the Guinness Book of World Records recently by participating in the “World's Largest Truck Convoy.” Sponsored by the Orange County, Fla., police department to benefit the Florida Special Olympics, PGT was awarded the “Largest Fleet from one Company” award for having 42 of the 269 tractor-trailers in the event.

Early in the morning the trucks left the PGT facility in Venice and traveled up Interstates 75 and 4 alongside police escorts to Orlando, where they joined the 17-mile convoy to the Central Florida Fair Grounds. 

PGT was honored for its sponsorship of the feat that raised more than $40,000 for the Florida Special Olympics.

Guardian Awards Scholarships to 77 Students
Seventy-seven students from across the United States have been awarded scholarships for the 2002-2003 academic year by the Guardian Industries Educational Foundation. 

William Davidson, president and chief executive officer of Auburn Hills, Mich.-based Guardian Industries Corp., established the Guardian scholarship program in 1986. The program is designed to support post-secondary education costs for children of Guardian’s U.S. employees. According to the company, each scholarship awards up to $4,000 annually and is renewable for up to three years for a total of $16,000 per student.

Scholarships are granted based on high school or college academic records, extracurricular activities, leadership qualities and the applicant’s SAT or ACT scores, according to Guardian. Since the program’s inception, Guardian has awarded more than $2 million in scholarships to hundreds of students. 


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