Volume 39, Issue 7, July  2004


Building Better Buildings
Technical Resources Available for the Glazing Industry
by Greg Carney

Under the GANA organizational structure, each division is encouraged to develop a technical committee to provide a forum for discussion of industry issues and the development of technical resources. In 2001 the BEC division established a technical committee under the direction of its chairperson, Charles Clift, president of Curtain Wall Design & Consulting Inc., and members identified future projects, setting into motion efforts to strengthen existing documents and develop new resources for the glazing industry.

Reference Manual & GIBs
Phil DeSautell of Walters & Wolf Glass Company is leading a task group in the development of a GANA Project Managersí Reference Manual, which will serve as a guide resource for entry-level members of a contract glazing department. The manual will feature chapters on contract set-up, submittals and approvals, procurement, mock-up and quality control, production and logistics, field installation and project close-out. It will also provide a list of industry standards and resource organizations, as well as a glossary of terms. Publication is planned for early 2005.

Kirk Osgood of Curtain Wall Design & Consulting Inc. is leading the effort to develop two Glass Informational Bulletins about fenestration system shop drawings. The draft documents are titled Key Elements of Fenestration System Shop Drawings and The Top 10 Items Commonly Missing from Fenestration System Shop Drawings. the bulletins stress the importance of particular items needed to ensure complete and successful shop drawings. The BEC division hopes to publish the bulletins in early 2005.

GANA Glazing Manual
BEC division members also supported and were involved in updating the GANA Glazing Manual, which was first published in 1958. The 2004 edition provides a substantial update of product technology and industry standards. Members are purchasing the manual for their internal use, as well as for distribution to their customers.

Blueprint Reading and Labor Estimating Course
In addition, BEC division members provided input and financial support that led to a major enhancement of the Blueprint Reading and Labor Estimating Course. The fourth edition was published in 2003, and the course has more than 125 students enrolled and active in continuing their education. Though geared toward beginning estimators and project managers, the course can also serve as an update for experienced individuals.

Students learn about the general description of a set of plans, angles and scale rulers, types of glass and setting methods, windows and sealants, storefront metal, hardware for doors and fully tempered glass doors and cutting of glass, edgework and glass processing. The course teaches material take-offs, estimating labor, completing the estimate, how to submit a bid and even discusses the relationship between the architect, owner, contractor and general contractor. 

The BEC division retained Curtain Wall Design & Consulting Inc. to facilitate the Blueprint Reading and Labor Estimating Course update through the financial support of corporate sponsors including: enclos corp.; Kawneer Co. Inc.; Oldcastle Glass; Tremco Inc.; Tubelite Inc.; and Viracon. 

Industry Participation
Industry members involved in contract glazing are encouraged to join GANA and get involved in its activities. For additional information visit the GANA website at www.glasswebsite.com. 


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