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Bridge Gap for  
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USGlass, Metal & Glazing | April 2017  
ollaboration” is a term that nized a need for assistance in custom A Good Start  
gets thrown around a lot in glass curtainwall design five decades  
The need for quality preconstruction  
the glass and glazing indus- ago, his company had to adapt over the service providers continues to grow,  
try. Increasingly complex years to cover all aspects of the build- sparking the birth of companies such  
new technologies and tight completion JLB Engineering, focus on specific ser- Motiwala. It has since partnered with  
timelines, has formed new connections vices such as shop drawings. JLB pri- 25-year-old Entelechy Corp. of Reno,  
among the major project players—or marily supports the engineering,design Nev. Entelechy, operated by president  
perhaps connectors. Building enclosure and drafting departments of businesses Stan Gibbons, provides drawing and  
consulting is not a new practice, but the in the glass and glazing industry.Its role modeling services to the industry.  
designs and performance expectations ing enclosure. Today it works on build- as Pearl Valley Designs (PVD). PVD  
have put an emphasis on the need for ings of all sizes in nearly every sector. assists glazing companies with design,  
architects to connect with glazing con-  
drafting, management and consulting,  
and was founded in 2016 by industry  
Other firms,includingYork,Pa.-based veterans Brandon Duvall and Junaid  
tractors and suppliers on a deeper level. Increasing Complexity  
Over the years, this, coupled with  
multifaceted nature of modern-day con- in the project process emphasizes the  
Duvall worked many years as a se-  
struction has sparked a need for more importance of collaboration with the nior project manager for some of the  
firms working “in-between” these par- architect—and why quality shop draw- major curtainwall installers. “One  
ties, whether providing design services, ings are crucial in keeping a project on thing that was always difficult for me  
engineering advice or shop drawings.  
schedule with minimal setbacks.  
Several times a year we get a highrise starting the next one,”he says.“I would  
project where the architect had only be left depending on a drafter or some-  
Most projects have a multiplicity of 20 different elevations, but then we get body who did not have the experience  
was trying to close out a project and  
Coming Together  
materials,systems and components that started on it, and 20 elevations turn into needed to provide a value added pre-  
make up the skin, as well as a multiplic- 50 or 60, because they specified some construction service.”  
ity of trades,” says Glenn Heitmann, obscure glass,” says Jeff Bortner, pres-  
Duvall and Motiwala decided to ad-  
president of Heitmann and Associates, ident of JLB.“Some need a certain STC dress this void.  
located in St. Louis. “Where they all rating, and all of a sudden you have four  
“We felt that preconstruction project  
come together seems to be the real chal- different elevations for the STC rating. group was a missing piece to the puz-  
lenge today, which was not necessarily Or this one floor to the next floor zle,” he says. “And now as the markets  
the case in the earlier years.”  
Heitmann’s company, founded 50 other floor is going to be a different color. lean,and they’re always looking to shift  
years ago by his father, Jack Heitmann,  
“There’s no such thing as symmetry risk or add value in different ways.”  
provides expertise to each phase of the anymore. It’s,‘Give me ten of those and  
“Their approach to unique designs,  
design and construction process, in- ten of those,” instead of, ‘Give me 500 management, and industry experience  
cluding engineering and drafting. Its openings.’”  
combined with our passion, experi-  
work with architects, developers and  
Because JLB is so hyper-focused on ence, and innovative technology make  
other project partners ensure the de- the details of a given project’s glazing for an exceptional resource to the glass  
sign intent can be met effectively.  
systems, it is able to provide expertise and glazing industry,” reads an an-  
We’re there during all of those tran- for the many different players through- nouncement on Entelechy’s website  
needs to have a pattern, but then every pick up, companies are trying to stay  
sitions—from the design, to the engi- out the project’s life.  
regarding the partnership. s  
neering, to the construction—to make  
“Often we get into a situation  
sure it is smooth and that each part is where we become that pool of  
successful,” he says.“…We really want knowledge,functioning between  
the same thing most people want on a the guys in the field,the architect  
project: to walk away at the end with and the general contractor,”adds  
a sense of pride and accomplishment, Budhi Blair of JLB.“We’re that re-  
to know you brought added-value in a source in the middle, massaging  
N i c k S t . D e n i s is the  
research editor of USGlass  
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meaningful way.”  
the project together by way of  
While Jack Heitmann rightly recog- drawing.”  
April 2017 | USGlass, Metal & Glazing  

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