Volume 48, Issue 10- October 2013


Western Expansion: Contract Glaziers Find Opportunity in Colorado

It was a move Alliance Glazing Technologies had contemplated for a while, but its expansion into Colorado is now a reality. The Illinois-based glazing contractor opened a new office in Englewood, Colo., giving it a presence in four states, including its headquarters in Romeoville, Ill., and locations in both Kenosha, Wis., and Dallas.

Alliance Glazing is not alone. Other contract glaziers based in Colorado, including Hillcrest Glass of Longmont, Colo., have also been growing and expanding. Hillcrest recently opened a new location, as well.

For Alliance, Craig Carson, who served previously as vice president of sales at A-1 Glass Inc., also in Englewood, will oversee the new branch as regional construction manager.

“We’re excited,” says Dan Shields, Alliance Glazing’s national sales director. “We have a lot of stuff going on. A move like this only keeps that going.”

Alliance had long viewed Colorado as another potential destination point, and moves to the state in recent years by a number of their top customers only cemented the company’s thinking along those lines, Shields says.

Colorado seemed a perfect fit for a family-owned company that has long prided itself on the high-quality of service it provides.

“You always want to keep your options open and an open mind to different opportunities,” Shields says, “but the more opportunities we were getting, the more it made sense. The types of projects in Colorado are compatible with what our company does.”

The biggest challenge, Shields says, was making sure the new office was self-sustaining from the outset and not a hindrance on any of Alliance’s other ongoing operations. To that end, Carson was brought on board. Other new hires include several new project managers, a superintendent, a contractor and an estimator.

For Hillcrest Glass, its new location will help it better serve the commercial market, which accounts for roughly 70 percent of their business. Owners Lisa and Michael Sklar say the new 5,000-square foot facility that opened in late April has allowed them to centralize commercial equipment, as well as their fabricators, project managers, estimators and glaziers.

Located near the interstate highway in Frederick, the new location’s closer proximity to both nearby Denver and Fort Collins will help Hillcrest run a smoother overall operation, Lisa Sklar says. Trucks now headed to either city can be loaded up at night.

“It was a big step for us,” she says. “It’s a lot easier now for us to jump on the highway and get where we need to get going.”

Hillcrest continues to manage its residential business from the company’s original location in Longmont.

The new location is nearly triple the size of the company’s original site and includes 1,000 square feet of dedicated office space. Michael Sklar will split time between the two locations, while his wife will continue to be based in downtown Longmont, where the company performs repairs and sells retail items such as shower doors and mirrors.

AAMA Releases New
Design and Energy Courses

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released education courses on curtainwall design, aluminum storefronts and entrances, as well as energy and the architectural fenestration industry, as part of its FenestrationMasters® program. It is the sixth group of FenestrationMasters courses released by AAMA.

“Because of the complexity of the topics and their specificity to the commercial market, the courses in Group Six are exclusively required of FenestrationMaster™ students,” says Angela Dickson, AAMA’s marketing manager.

Group Six represents the final courses in the FenestrationMaster program.

Two different credentials are available through the program, both requiring successful completion of the applicable coursework and the certification exam: FenestrationMaster™ and FenestrationAssociate™. To qualify for the FenestrationAssociate (entry level) certification no minimum education or experience is required. To qualify for the FenestrationMaster (advanced level) certification, one of the following prerequisites must be met: a four-year degree in engineering, architecture or applied sciences and four years’ experience or six years fenestration product-related experience.

FenestrationMasters Courses
• Group One: Courses cover product types and design considerations, door, window and skylight performance standards, proper glass selection and specialty performance considerations (blast, impact, tornado and acoustics);
• Group Two: Courses cover profile performance and material considerations, as well as coatings and finishes;
• Group Three: Courses cover hardware, weatherstrip and weatherseals, as well as sealants and adhesives used during factory fabrication;
• Group Four: Courses cover code requirements, energy efficiency and thermal performance, as well as skylights and daylighting;
• Group Five: Courses cover commercial and residential installation, as well as field testing/forensic evaluation and fenestration anchorage; and
• Group Six: Courses cover curtainwall design, aluminum storefronts and entrances, as well as energy and the architectural fenestration industry.

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