Volume 51, Issue 2 - February 2016

Contract Glazing

Construction Firms Cautiously Optimistic About Current Year

There’s plenty of building to be done in 2016, and construction firms throughout the United States are prepared to grow the sector’s workforce to meet the demand. Whether firms are able to tackle key challenges such as a shortage in skilled labor, regulatory burdens and technology concerns successfully, remains to be seen. The Associated General Contractors’ (AGC) annual industry hiring and business outlook was based on survey results from more than 1,500 construction firms from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Here’s a quick look.

Glazier Certification Program Sees
Steady Progress in First Year

Enrollment for a new glazing industry certification program has been open for about a year, and it has gained steady momentum.

The North American Contractor Certification for Architectural Glass and Metal (NACC) program began a year ago. It is sponsored by the Finishing Contractors Association (FCA International) and administered by Administrative Management Systems (AMS).

NACC is a third-party certification of architectural glass and metal contractors. It focuses on issues such as business practices, quality, competency and safety. The program assures building owners, general contractors, specifiers, architects, etc., that the architectural glass and metal fabrication and installation process conforms to designated requirements.

Companies seeking certification undergo an evaluation of submitted documents and an on-site assessment. They must correct deficiencies before gaining certification and listing in the program. Participating companies will have to meet annual requirements, including an audit, to maintain certification.

The voluntary program earned ANSI accreditation last July under ISO/IEC 17065. Seven contract glaziers are currently certified, and 11 more have applications pending.

Field and shop safety practices, as well as a company’s health program, are part of the certification’s “safety” aspect.
“Contractor companies spend a significant amount of time, effort and money on their safety program,” says Jeff Dalaba of AMS. “Safety programs are important because you want to send the crew home in one piece every evening. If you don’t focus on safety, you may be fined by OSHA or other authorities.”

Dalaba says the NACC program aims to put that same kind of focus on quality management systems. That means meeting customer expectations and ensuring the end product performs as required. “Quality also means that the processes used are performed in the identified best way,” he adds.

The “quality and competency” aspect looks at field and shop quality processes and quality management systems, as well as “competency of key personnel.” The “business practices” parameter focuses on a company’s code of ethics, experience, financial standing and professional references.

Last year, an NACC governing board developed a procedural guide for the program. The board has equal representation by architects, consultants, building owners, manufacturers and suppliers .

Contract glazing companies currently certified include: Ajay Glass & Mirror, Canandaigua, N.Y., Eureka Metal & Glass Services, Philadelphia; Ferguson Neudorf Glass, Beamsville, Ont.; Graboyes Commercial Window Company, Philadelphia; Massey’s Plate Glass & Aluminum, Brandford, Conn.; Royal Glass Co., Santa Clara, Calif.; and Walters and Wolf (Boscell Road, Calif.).

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