Volume 40,   Issue 8                                  August  2005


Offices, High-Rise Construction Gaining; Market Poised for Growth
The recent slump in office and high-rise construction seems to be over, according to an article by Jennifer Coskren and Kim Kennedy of McGraw-Hill Construction Research and Analytics in a recent issue of BOMA International, the newsletter of the Building Owners and Managers Association.

Office-using industries increased office construction by 12 percent in 2004 and the market is “poised for several years of solid growth,” the article predicts. The authors estimate that construction starts will climb a total of 30 percent by 2007. 

The high-rise market is also seeing an upswing, the article reported. In 2004, eight high-rise (25 stories or taller) broke ground, twice the number as the previous year, and high-rise as a percentage of total construction doubled what it had been in 2000.

AAMA Updates Water Penetration Documents
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated its performance testing documents on measuring water penetration and air leakage in high-rise applications for installed windows, storefronts, sloped glazing and curtainwalls. The documents are titled AAMA 501-05, “Methods of Tests for Exterior Walls,” and AAMA 501.1-05, “Standard Test Method for Water Penetration of Windows, Curtainwalls and Doors Using Dynamic Pressure.” 

“These publications define current test methods, specifications and testing equipment used by laboratories for mock-up testing for air leakage, static water resistance and structural performance as prescribed by ASTM, and dynamic water penetration tests as defined by AAMA,” said Carl Wagus, the group’s technical director.

AAMA 504 “Voluntary Laboratory Test Method to Qualify Fenestration Installation Procedures,” was slated for release June 30. This document defines laboratory testing procedures used for simulating new construction installation practices, similar to those found in InstallationMasters™ and/or ASTM E 2112.

ASA Challenges Sureties on Bond Rights
The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) and its metropolitan Baltimore and Washington D.C. chapters, have filed an amici curiae brief with the Court of Appeals in Maryland to challenge a lawsuit that argues that sureties do not have to honor the language of a bond that outlines a period of time within which a contractor’s claim can be disputed. 
According to an ASA news release, the Surety Association of America, the American Insurance Association and three sureties are parties to the suit National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, Pa. v. Wadsworth Golf Construction Company of the Midwest.

The suit involves a case in which a subcontractor properly submitted a claim within the time limit prescribed by the payment bond, the payment bond required the surety to “send an answer to the claimant … within 45 days after receipt of the claim, stating the amounts that are disputed and the basis for challenging any amounts that are disputed.” The surety failed to respond within the time frame established by the bond, according to the news release.

Bolden and Wright Approved as AIA/CES Facilitators
Curt Bolden and John Wright of Visteon have been approved as the first facilitators for GANA’s Glass in Today’s Architecture AIA continuing education system (CES) program.

In 2004 GANA’s flat glass manufacturing division lead the efforts in making GANA an AIA/CES accredited provider of presentations for architectural learning units.

“Curt and John are the first of what we anticipate will become many flat glass manufacturing division members approved to provide the continuing education program to architects, engineers and specifiers across North America,” said Greg Carney, GANA technical director.

According to the announcement, GANA-approved facilitators will visit architectural firms to provide AIA members the opportunity to earn the required continuing education credits while learning about architectural glass as presented in the generic industry presentation.

“This program represents the beginning of GANA’s new efforts to help educate young design professionals about the products and services our members provide the construction industry,” added Carney.

Point Supported Glass Informational Bulletin Available
GANA has released its eighth in a series of Glass Informational Bulletins designed to provide technical information and education to the architectural fenestration industry. The newest bulletin, Point Supported Glass, provides information on vertical and sloped/overhead glazing applications, hardware considerations and a dos and don’ts reference guide.

“This bulletin was developed from a perceived need due to the lack of information available on point supported glass,” said William S. Coddington of W.S. Coddington Consulting and bulletin task group chairperson. “The bulletin is not a how-to guide or reference manual, but instead serves as a beginning resource for anyone considering this type of glass application. Early involvement with the glass structural design engineer is essential to ensure an acceptable installation. Using a systems approach, engineers can fulfill the architect’s design intent, but they need to get involved early in the design development process to ensure success.”

The Point Supported Glass bulletin can be downloaded for free at www.glasswebsite.com

BEC Division Reaches 100 Member Companies
GANA has announced that its building envelope contractors (BEC) division now has 100 member companies.

“We are very proud to achieve this milestone,” said Andrew T. Gum of Thomas Glass Inc. and former chairperson of the BEC division (note: the division is now chaired by Max Perilstein of Arch Aluminum & Glass, see page 136). “The BEC division has been the fastest growing division of GANA and this milestone only encourages us to continue reaching out to the contract glazing industry.”

The BEC division was formed in 1997. Its membership is comprised of glazing contractors as well as suppliers to the contract glazing industry.

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