Volume 50, Issue 6 - June 2015

GANA Perspectives

Texas Hospitality
GANA Takes a Hands-On Approach to Protective Glazing

by Ashley Charest

They say everything is bigger in Texas. From belt buckles to cowboy hats and even appetites, you can’t help but embrace their culture when you’re among the locals. As the Glass Association of North America (GANA) Protective Glazing Council (PGC) makes plans for 2015, the group is embracing the Texas spirit. Events taking place in the Lone Star State later this year will share the benefits and features of protective glazing with contractors, architects and glass and glazing manufacturers.

Rope in the Learning


At the end of last year, two predominant protective glazing associations, GANA’s Protective Glazing Committee and the Protective Glazing Council International, merged to form the GANA PGC. Both groups had worked together before, publishing a joint Protective Glazing Manual. GANA’s technical director Urmilla Sowell also served as the Protective Glazing Council International’s president.

“The focus of the newly joined group will be providing valued information and services to the protective glazing industry, as well as engaging and educating architects on protective glazing options,” says GANA PGC chair Liz Grimes, business development manager for security glazing and safety eyewear at Curbell Plastics.


Those taking part in GANA’s Fall Conference in San Antonio will have the chance to tour the nearby Intertek-ATI testing facility.

Hit the Road

The GANA PGC is diving into its fall schedule the same way some might go after a plate of Texas BBQ: with both hands. This year’s fall conference, taking place October 13 -16 in San Antonio, will include a tour of the nearby Architectural Testing Inc. (ATI) facility, providing an engaging, educational and hands-on experience.

The GANA PGC is partnering with ATI, which is allowing glass and glazing manufacturers, architects and general contractors to visit its facility for a tour of the grounds, as well as impact and fire testing.

“We’re thrilled to be co-hosting a tour and demonstration of the Intertek test facility in Elmendorf, Texas (southeast San Antonio), during GANA’s 2015 Fall Conference,” says Jose Colon, director, regional operations, ATI. “Intertek’s test lab in Elmendorf is mostly a fire-testing lab, but we will have demonstrations for missile impact, forced-entry resistance and fire tests on different types of glazed building products.”

GANA’s PGC reached out to AIA San Antonio and AGC San Antonio and is marketing the tour and demonstration to both groups’ membership. As an AIA continuing-education provider, GANA is also certifying the one-hour tour and one-hour demonstration for two AIA learning units.

If you’re interested in participating in the GANA PGC, going on the testing tour, and/or attending, visit www.glasswebsite.com. Online registration will be available this month.

the author

Ashley Charest is the account executive of the Glass Association of North America in Topeka, Kan.


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