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One example was the Robert B.Green
Campus – University Health System
(UHS) in San Antonio, which the com-
pany worked on for general contractor
Bartlett Cocke. Kyle Sharp explains the
architect on that project had seen a de-
sign in California of a custom “feather
wall” on the side of a building. For the
UHS project, artist Ned Kahn designed
such a feature and Sharp Glass worked
to create the exterior system of more
than 5,000 tilted aluminum vanes that
sway in the wind.
Within its 48,000-square-
foot facility, Sharp Glass
has capabilities of handling
The University Hospital Downtown
Campus project stands out to be one of
Sharp Glass’s most challenging projects
I have been involved with,” adds Jay.
Sharp Glass pre-fabricated 5000 mov-
ing flappers which moved with the
wind that were attached to fins and at-
tached to vertical mullions of a seven
construction time,” says Jay.“Their shop story curtainwall window. Sharp
is state-of-the-art for this area, and in- constructed many mock ups for
corporates warehousing space,pre-fabri- RTKL/Overland Architects and [Ned
cation and window testing areas.”
Kahn] to achieve their goal. Pre fabri-
cation started four or five months in ad-
InSdhuarsptGrylasCs mhaayllheanvegaefosund a way vance to meet the project schedule of
when the construction would be ready
to address the industry challenge of for the installation.”
bringing in young employees by reach-
Speaking of glazing products, these
ing out to students, but there are still are also advancing. Sharp Glass works
others the company faces. Some even most often with Kawneer and Oldcas-
concern employment in general. Re- tle BuildingEnvelope® for its aluminum
taining a qualified workforce in the products, while glass is supplied
field,along with developing human tal- through Guardian Industries and PPG.
It’s all about the presentation. You ent, continues to be a challenge.
“It’s important that suppliers have
want to be a professional company. That
Another concern relates to the way confidence in us.We commit to them to
sets us up for certain-sized contractors. projects are being designed. For one, take care of us, [and in turn] we com-
We are not the glazier for small contrac- Sharp says,he often sees incomplete ar- mit to them. We feed them as much as
tors,” says Alan Sharp.“I feel we’ve estab- chitectural drawings.He also cites what we can and pay them promptly,” says
lished ourselves with several large he refers to as the new project manage- Alan Sharp.
contractors in town, and they pursue us ment model for jobs.“Design as you go
His company is constantly chal-
as much as we pursue them. They are … puts a lot of stress on us,” he says. lenged by all the new products that the
learning they need to surround them- “[Architectural] project managers are industry is developing.
selves with the most qualified company.” making a multitude of changes that you
“I think with the advancement of
One of those contractors is Bartlett have to keep track of.We’re investing in glass, it’s impossible to be an expert at
Cocke, also located in San Antonino. new software/procedures to try and every product that’s produced,”he says.
Randall Jay, senior superintendent in keep up with it. Contractors oversell to “There’s always something new,and the
San Antonio, says his company has the owner and compress the schedule, advancement of glass has challenged
done many challenging projects with and that’s a huge undertaking.”
Sharp Glass. Despite some of the challenges,Alan when we’re struggling with qualified
Alan is the guy to call when a project Sharp says his company has also had people. Architects are stretching the
the designers and builders at a time
has a feature out of the ordinary. His success working with architects to help [uses of] glass and want [the project]
team is always up for a challenge and is them find a solution. This includes, for to have an impactful look.”
ready to jump in to help architects early instance, creating a unique product for
in the design phase to minimize cost and the architect.
In many cases,he says,consultants are
addressing some of the design issues.
USGlass, Metal & Glazing | April 2016