Volume 38, Issue 7, July 2003


AGC-ASA Form Partnership 
To Deliver “Best Possible Project”

The America Subcontractors Association (ASA) and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) have signed a partnering agreement citing an intention to work together to “help better serve construction users.”

Under the historic agreement, signed by ASA president Anne Bigane Wilson and AGC president Larry C. Gaskins, the groups are pledging to “work jointly on industry guidelines, documents and procedures that advance efficient project delivery and promote equitable risk allocation.” The ASA and AGC say that they will be working to communicate on all levels to ensure that the groups are finding solutions to industry issues that affect both organizations. 

“Contractors at all tiers have a responsibility to their customers and one another to help projects move along in a safe, expeditious and mutually profitable manner,” said Wilson. “This agreement creates the common ground that subcontractors and general contractors need to make this vision a reality. ASA is eager to see what we can accomplish together for the good of the industry.”

Info www.asaonline.com or call 703-684-3450.

GANA Publishes 
New Glazing Manual

The Laminating Division of the Glass Association of North America (GANA) has released the newest edition of the Laminated Glazing Reference Manual. According to GANA, this guide presents design criteria, technical and performance data and installation guidelines for laminated glass products. The 2003 edition includes the latest information on laminating interlayers, as well as in-depth discussions of the applications of laminated architectural glass including safety, solar control, ultraviolet radiation, sound control, security, sloped glazing and skylights, wind storms and hurricane resistance and earthquake resistance. In addition, updates on laminated glass strength, cutting, handling and installation are highlighted. The 2003 edition also features an up-to-date listing of standards and specifications applying to laminated glass.

Info www.glasswebsite.com or call 785-271-0208.

CSI, NIBS and AIA Sign New Agreement
Three construction industry organizations have signed an agreement to publish and distribute a U.S. National CAD Standard (NCS) that will lead to the release of version 3.0 early next year and the continued development and publication of the product. The NCS is a standard for organizing and classifying computer-aided drawings and other design (CAD) data intended to streamline communication among building owners, designers, constructors and facility managers.

Signing the agreement were Karl Borgstrom, executive director of the Construction Specifications Institute; David Harris, president of the National Institute of Building Sciences; and James Dinegar, chief operating officer of the American Institute of Architects. The three organizations have published the NCS jointly since 1999, developed through a consensus process open to participants from all sectors of the building industry.
The agreement, a successor of previous agreements, broadens and deepens the partnership among the three organizations. It also will lead to enhancements for the NCS, 
including an electronic edition accessible to users on their computers via single user, workgroup and enterprise (company-wide) licenses. The agreement also authorizes NIBS to license building industry software developers to include the content of the NCS within software applications.

Info www.nationalcadstandard.org

Outline of New Draft of CSI’s MasterFormat Posted
An outline of draft four of a significantly revised and expanded edition of MasterFormat has been posted for comment on the Construction Specifications Institute’s (CSI) website at www.csinet.org/technic/mfrevision.htm. According to CSI, MasterFormat is the nation’s “Dewey Decimal System” for organization nonresidential construction projects’ written specifications.

CSI is doing a comprehensive rewrite of MasterFormat amid rapid advances the past several years in systems for buildings and in construction materials and methods. The new edition will address existing topics more fully, add new topics and expand coverage to heavy civil engineering projects and industrial construction. 

Info www.csinet.org or call 800-689-2900.

Juba Aluminum Awarded Two North Carolina Projects
Charlotte, N.C.-based Juba Aluminum Products has announced it has been awarded two projects in North Carolina: the Progress Energy Tower in Raleigh and Hock Plaza in Durham.

The new 12-story Progress Energy Tower is located in downtown Raleigh and is adjacent to existing corporate headquarters. Juba will perform the exterior glass and glazing work. The window system will consist of a high-performance design that is said to be extremely energy efficient. 

About 30 miles away from Raleigh in Durham, Juba will be working on the 11-story Hock Plaza. The plaza will be clad in precast combined with punched window openings; the top three stories feature a glass curtainwall arrangement. Juba will be responsible for the high-performance glass windows and curtainwall systems.

Info www.juba-alum.com or call 704-262-4460.

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The International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Ironworkers has endorsed Rep. Richard Gephardt for nominations as the Democratic Party’s nominee for president of the United States … 


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