Volume 38, Issue 9, September 2003


Higher Learning
Education and Resources for Contract Glaziers

by Ashley M. Charest

With the continuous improvements and changes in the contract glazing industry, staying educated and up-to-date with the industry is crucial. The Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) division of the Glass Association of North America (GANA) is one organization that is focused on providing the most reliable and up-to-date educational and technical information. 

A Time to Learn
The Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Conference™, for example, has been sponsored by the BEC division since 1998, and has seen tremendous growth. At the seventh annual conference, taking place February 22-24, 2004, at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, attendees can expect to see a continuation of interactive educational seminars, an architectural keynote speaker and networking opportunities at various receptions and golf tournament. 

The BEC division also holds a separate educational conference each year, the Contract Glazing Educational Conference™ (formerly known as the Project Managers Educational Confer-ence™). This event allows project managers, estimators, operation managers and sales force to interact with their peers and gain valuable information from those experienced in the industry. In addition to group discussions, interactive educational sessions, and brainstorming activities, attendees also tour a local industry facility. Past tours have included the Viracon plant in Owatonna, Minn.; the Vistawall facility in Terrell, Texas; the Guardian Industries Corp. float glass plant in Richburg, S.C.; and the Akzo Nobel Coatings Inc. facility in Columbus, Ohio. Encourage your contract department to attend the Contract Glazing Educational Conference, May 13-15, 2004, at the Wyndham Minneapolis Airport Hotel in Minneapolis.

At Your Fingertips
In addition, GANA’s BEC division provides educational resources. The GANA Blueprint Reading and Labor Estimating Course was completely revamped in 2003 and the fourth edition of the course is available currently. This correspondence course is designed for beginning estimators in the contract glazing business. It is intended to provide the beginner with many of the basic facts about the materials used as well as a basic systematic approach to estimating metal, glass and labor.

The GANA Glazing Manual, Sealant Manual and the Fabrication, Erection and Glazing Hours Manual are excellent technical resources as well. The GANA Glazing Manual is recognized by many in the industry as the definitive source in the glass and glazing field and includes comprehensive information about primary and fabricated glass products, quality standards, design considerations, general and specific glazing guidelines and glazing in hazardous locations. The 2003 edition addresses changes in building code requirements and introduces new technology and performance standards available in high-performance glazing. 

In order to continue the advancement of the contract glazing industry, the BEC division has created the BEC technical committee, which oversees the division’s technical activities. At this time, the committee is focusing its efforts on creating a Project Managers Reference Manual, a bulletin on critical elements of successful shop drawings and an industry contract qualification document.

Continually looking for quality contract glazing firms to join the association, membership in the BEC division is prescribed for glazing contractors and their suppliers who wish to increase their technical expertise and management skills required to fulfill the more sophisticated glazing projects. One of the many benefits of membership is the opportunity to provide a public member company profile on the GANA website. To view current profiles, visit www.glasswebsite.com.

For additional information on the BEC division contact GANA at 785/271-0208 or visit www.glasswebsite.com


Enhancements Made to BEC Division Meeting
The Glass Association of North America (GANA) has enhanced its Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) division meeting. Formerly known as the Project Managers Educational Conference™, the newly formatted Contract Glazing Educational Conference™ will be held May 13-15, 2004, at the Wyndham Minneapolis Airport Hotel.

“The BEC division recognizes the need to broaden our scope in providing an educational conference for the contract glazing industry,” said GANA BEC division chair and USGlass columnist (see page 16) Andrew Gum of Thomas Glass Co. “We wanted to expand the focus of this conference to provide business and technology presentations, as well as forum discussions that will educate project managers, estimators, sales representatives and other key members of the contract glazing organizations across North America.”

Conference attendees can take advantage of activities, such as plant tours. According to GANA, the first afternoon of the conference will be spent touring a local industry architectural glass fabrication facility, after which a welcome reception will take place.

GANA says changes in the conference format begin with Friday’s sessions. The day will feature morning and afternoon presentations designed to address dual interest paths. The morning session will be a joint meeting, focusing on today’s challenges and opportunities in the contract glazing industry. Following lunch, conference attendees will be allowed to select one of two program paths: project management or estimating and sales. The afternoon sessions will be formatted as discussion forums, allowing conference attendees the opportunity to hear viewpoints on a variety of issues, while also receiving the interactive benefits of giving their feedback and opinions to the specific topics. A networking reception will take place Friday night.

Sessions for the final day of the conference will again be broken into the two distinct focus groups. These sessions will consist of presentations from industry experts for a more traditional educational program. The conference concludes with the annual golf outing.

“This enhancement of the program will increase our educational impact on the contract glazing industry,” said Gum. “It gives us the flexibility and benefit of interactive presentations on a wider scope of topics while continuing the tried-and-true traditional method of educating the industry.”

Cliff Monroe Named New Educational Seminar Chair
Cliff Monroe of Arch Aluminum & Glass Co. has been named GANA’s tempering division educational seminar chairperson. In this new role, Monroe will be responsible for planning quality educational sessions for GANA’s Glass Fabrication: Insulating, Laminating and Tempering Educational Seminar™.

Monroe has spent more than 30 years in the glass industry in both manufacturing and fabrication. He worked 24 years at Guardian Industries Corp. in various capacities and was involved in Guardian’s float, insulating and tempering operations. In addition, Monroe spent time on the vacuum deposition end and in quality control. In July 2000, Monroe joined Arch Aluminum & Glass as a manufacturing expert. Monroe has been involved with GANA since the early 1980s.

Blueprint Reading and Labor Estimating Course Updated
Blueprint Reading and Labor Estimating Course GANA has released the fourth edition of the Blueprint Reading and Labor Estimating Course. Designed for beginning estimators in the contract glazing business, the correspondence course is intended to provide the beginner with many of the basic facts about the materials used, as well as a basic systematic approach to estimating metal, glass and labor.

The GANA Blueprint Reading and Labor Estimating Course is available in hardcopy or CD format to GANA members for $275, and to non-members for $350. 

Info on GANA or its activities, visit www.glasswebsite.com or call 785/271-0208. 


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