Volume 40,   Issue 1                             January 2005

Contract Glazing

Connecticut Licensing Issue threatens to Spill Over into Flat Glass Arena

The Connecticut Automotive Glass Work and Flat Glass Work Board have been working through the issue of licensing auto glass repair technicians for more than a year now, and at the meeting held on Friday, December 17, there was an indication that the board may have to take up similar issues with the flat glass industry.

Ed Reilly, business manager of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Ironworkers Local 15, approached the board with inquiries about the licensure of its members with regard to doing flat glass and glazing work. Bob Martin, a consultant with the Connecticut state department of education, recently endorsed the Iron Workers’ apprenticeship program for the FG-2 glazier’s license. Martin wrote to Richard Hurlburt, the director of occupation and professional licensing division of the department of consumer protection, indicating that the program meets the requirements of FG-2 glazier apprenticeship.

The Connecticut Glass Dealers Association (CGDA), however, expressed concerns to the board regarding the amount of time and quality of on-the-job training the Iron Workers Apprenticeship would provide. The argument, provided by Kevin McMahon, is that the apprenticeship in question does not provide the proper on-the-job training to be qualified as an unlimited flat glass glazier. Driving the CGDA concern is the possibility that someone could become licensed, knowing only one type of glazing while later moving into another line of business within the glass industry without being licensed or properly trained for the new range of work.

The board determined that a separate licensing for iron workers or specialty glazing segments may be necessary, yet seemed wary of getting involved in another licensing argument so quickly. The board advised the Iron Workers Union to have those members who are in the application process to be grandfathered into the FG-2 glazier license to fulfill the paperwork requirements before tackling a new licensing issue.

Enclos Awarded $450,000 Subcontract
Enclos Corp. will serve as the glazing contractor on the new air traffic control tower that will be part of Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. 

The $450,000 contract will feature bomb-resistant windows with aluminum frames supplied by CompuDyne. Norshield, a subsidiary of CompuDyne will work as a subcontractor for Enclos.

Harmon Inc. Opens “Center of Excellence” 
Harmon Inc. has relocated its Boynton Beach, Fla., location, nearly doubling the space of its previous facility. Harmon says the move represents its pilot location that will serve as its first Center of Excellence, which will apply lean processes, controls and oversight to further increase predictability for scheduling. In addition, Harmon said the center will serve as its primary fabricator of its hurricane impact curtainwall systems for single- and multi-span commercial building applications.

GANA Announces BEC Conference Panel Session 
The Glass Association of North America (GANA) has announced that its eighth annual Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Conference at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, February 20-22, 2005, will feature a panel session on The Role of the Consultant in the Building Envelope Industry. The session will take place on Monday, February 21, 2005, and will feature the following participants: Charles Clift, president and senior principal of Curtain Wall Design and Consulting Inc.; Glenn Heitmann, president and chief executive officer of Heitmann and Associates Inc.; Gordon H. Smith of exterior wall consultants Gordon H. Smith Corp.; and Jon Weir, principal and senior design consultant for JA Weir Associates. 

According to a GANA news release, the influence of consultants on construction products has increased over the years due to an ever-growing need for specialized knowledge, including enhanced code requirements, the rise in necessity for protective glazing applications in various products and the popularity of new technologies such as point-supported glass facades. 
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IGMA Releases Guidelines for Sealed IG Units
The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) has recently released a new technical publication, the TM-3000 (90)-04: North American Glazing Guidelines For Sealed Insulating Glass Units For Commercial and Residential Use. The publication is designed to provide advisory guidelines to assist members in achieving long-term performance of sealed insulating glass units, and is intended for use by those who design, specify, manufacture and install insulating glass units. The publication has been developed in accordance with IGMA quality control and due process procedures.

According to an IGMA news release, the guidelines were written as a result of open discussions and review by the IGMA glazing guidelines task group. They are not a specification, but should assist in the successful glazing performance of sealed insulating glass units. The alliance does not intend for the guidelines to exclude other possible glazing practices but reflect IGMA guidelines that have been associated over the years with successful field performance of sealed insulating glass units.
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