of ways to work together,” he said.
As Patterson added that conversa-
tions like these have been happening
for a long time and the interest is there.
The next step is to take action.
“We have to move beyond dialogue
and leverage this into action.We recog-
nize there’s a way to do that.We have an
idea and will move on it.It starts with a
small step,” he said, suggesting that in-
stead of a semester on facades, maybe
it starts with a day of glass.
The availability of bigger sizes is one
of the hottest topics these days for ar-
chitectural glass. In a session moder-
ated by Dirk Schulte,vice president and
director of APG International,panelists
discussed a number of issues related to
these increasingly large spans. These
included how to deﬁne “jumbo” glass
and understanding what people actu-
ally mean by it; quality control; codes
and standards; as well as manufactur-
ing limitations, among others.
n addition to the educational programs, GlassCon Global also included a
number of networking and social events. These began with a grand welcome
reception that provided the opportunity for attendees, presenters, sponsors
and many others to congregate and socialize in a relaxed environment.
GlassCon Global also included a unique mystery networking dinner. Partic-
ipants were provided a dinner reservations and directions to the restaurant.
Once there, delegates got to meet new colleagues they may not have known
otherwise and enjoyed a fun, educational evening.
For the closing night celebration, attendees set sail aboard the Spirit of
Boston for a sunset dinner cruise. Participants enjoyed dinner, dancing, en-
tertainment and incredible city views.
Speaking of the market size and
potential for these huge units, Maic
requires help from the industry.
Doug Noble,head of building science Pannwitz, vice president of Sedak Inc.
For years we’ve heard it: universities
aren’t doing enough to provide education at the University of Southern Califor- pointed out, “No one needs this glass,
when it comes to glazing and facades. nia, said it’s important for the industry but everyone wants it. We have to be
How can this be addressed? That was and educational communities to work aware of this and try to become more
the question asked during the“Stimulat- together. Often, he said, it seems the efﬁcient to keep glass competitive.”
ing Glass Innovation through University industry won’t approach them,because
Curriculum” panel discussion. Mic Pat- they think universities are more or less should be written to address oversized
terson,president of the Façade Tectonics looking for funding.
glass was asked. Urmilla Sowell, tech-
Institute and recently named director “But,in fact,what we need are topics,” nical director for the Glass Association
of strategic business development for Noble said, explaining that if they’ve of North America, said that as aware-
Schuco USA,chaired the session. got projects that are of interest to the ness increases, so will the move toward
[We have to] recognize the rele- industry they can then guide those re- specific standards development. “As
The question of whether standards
vance and importance of education.We search and development efforts.
demand increases, I think that’s when
can grab hold of this and really start to
Scott Norville of Texas Tech Univer- the standards will start to change,” she
shape change in our industry, which is sity said most of what is done is at the said, explaining that right now, some
desperately needed,” said Patterson. He graduate level and most funding comes may have a mind-set of “why change
asked the panel, “Why are we talking from the industry.But there are usually for what may come.”
about education? Why is this important two problems:
and what opportunities does it present?” 1)The industry wants a quick answer; surance is a part of the process. Josh
As the panelists discussed, architec- and Kerwin from Gartner USA, the ﬁrm in-
tural programs offer lots of courses on 2)They may not want the ﬁndings to be stalling the glass on Apple’s new cam-
pus (which was fabricated by Sedak),
Noble said he thinks there are a lot noted that insurance could play a
There is also risk involved, and in-
materials other than glass. So the easy
answer, it might seem, would be to cre-
ate a class for glazing. Unfortunately, of industry people who’d like to have a bigger role in the future with large
they said, you can’t just create a new liaison at the university level.
glass. He said, for example, the cost of
program. But classes can be adjusted
“Don’t be shy or scared. Reach out replacement could be a deterrent, be-
to incorporate glazing. This, however, [to us].We can talk and learn all kinds cause it’s not as simple as just ordering
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