The Place to Be(C)  
by Ellen Rogers  
hen it comes to networking, information and ed- president and member of the Glazing Industry Code Com-  
ucation for the glazing industry, contract glaziers mittee.She is currently the secretary to ASC Z97,ISO Techni-  
know just the place to go: the Glass Association cal Committee 160 for Glass in Building and chair of ASTM  
of North America’s (GANA) annual Building Envelope Con- Committee F12 on security products.  
tractor’s (BEC) Conference. This year, the event returns to  
Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, February 6-8.  
Sessions then get high-tech, with a look at 3-D documen-  
tation and virtual construction,the subject of a presentation  
While the conference historically begins on a Sunday with from Shaun Patchell of L.F. Driscoll and Christopher Zmi-  
the BEC Division meeting followed by the welcome reception, jewski of Haag 3D Solutions. Presenters will focus on 3-D  
there’s a small change to this year’s agenda. The program will laser scanning technology and how it can be a resource and  
kick off on a Monday afternoon with the division meeting and tool for the glazing industry.  
evening reception. Sessions will be in full swing Tuesday and  
The morning agenda also includes a presentation by Mat-  
Wednesday, offering a comprehensive look at some of the big- thew A. Johnson of the Gary Law Group. He will cover legal  
gest industry topics.  
matters,such as avoiding pitfalls in the contract glazing field.  
Hot Topics  
Keep Learning  
Tuesday morning begins with a welcome from BEC Con-  
The afternoon program continues homing in on timely  
ference chair Gus Trupiano of AGC Glass Co.North America. industry topics.  
He will be followed by Julia Schimmelpenningh of Eastman  
Israel Berger of consulting firm Vidaris Inc. takes a look  
Chemical, who will provide a look at the state of the indus- at building synergies. He has been a specialist in the design  
try. Schimmelpenningh has 29 years of experience in lam- and construction of building envelopes for more than 35  
ination and laminated glass applications and has provided years and has directed the consulting,testing and inspection  
technical product support to glass fabricators, architects, of curtainwalls,windows,metal cladding,pre-cast,masonry  
designers, engineers and specifiers. She is also a past GANA walls, roofing and composite assemblies around the world.  
Monday, February 6, 2017  
9:05 am:  
3D Documentation & Virtual Construction: An  
integrated team approach from concept to  
completion, Shaun Patchell, L.F. Driscoll and  
Christopher Zmijewski, Haag 3D Solutions  
– 8 pm: Welcome reception  
Registration desk open  
GANA BEC Division meeting  
0:05 am: Take 5 Presentation, Vitro  
0:10 am: Break and trade show  
0:40 am: Legal Guidance: Avoiding Pitfalls, Adopting  
Tuesday, February 7, 2017  
am - 4 pm: Registration desk open  
Trends, Matthew A. Johnson, The Gary Law  
Welcome, Gus Trupiano, AGC Glass Co.,  
GANA BEC Division chair  
1:30 am: Take 5 Presentation, JE Berkowitz LP  
:15 am:  
State of the Industry, Julia Schimmelpen-  
ningh, Eastman Chemical Co.  
Take 5 Presentation, Eastman Chemical  
Lunch and trade show  
Take 5 Presentation: Consolidated Glass Hold-  
ings Inc.  
Building Synergy, Israel Berger, FAIA, Vidaris Inc.  
Take 5 Presentation: Kawneer North America  
:05 pm:  
:45 pm:  
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BEC Conference Brings Networking and  
Education for Contract Glaziers to Las Vegas  
Next, James Carpenter, with James Carpenter Design Asso-  
Following the keynote, the day ends with a networking  
ciates, will present “The Intersection of Architecture,Art, De- reception.  
sign, and Engineering.”Carpenter has worked in architecture  
and design for nearly 50 years, advancing a distinctive vision Deep Dive  
based on the use of natural light and glass as the foundational  
The final day of the conference will delve into some of the  
elements of the built environment. He founded the cross-dis- biggest topics for the contract glazing industry. The morning  
ciplinary design firm James Carpenter Design Associates in will include two unique panel discussions addressing the  
to large-scale architectural projects. day-to-day operations affecting glaziers. Each discussion of-  
979 to support the application of these aesthetic principles challenges and opportunities in design trends as well as the  
Later in the afternoon, sessions dig a little deeper into fers a time for Q-and-A, allowing participants to engage with  
topics that are driving future developments in the indus- panelists and offer their own experiences and challenges.  
try. These include a building codes update from Tom Culp,  
The first session will cover complex glass fabrication and  
GANA’s energy consultant. His will focus on helping attend- installation, offering best practices and lessons learned. Pre-  
ees understand exactly what they need to know when it senters will offer real-world experiences on tackling challeng-  
comes to changing building codes, and will cover current ing projects from the ordering process, product handling,  
development activity as well as what to expect in the future. transportation and installation.  
Urmilla Sowell, GANA technical director, will follow with an  
overview of the group’s technical activities.  
For the final discussion, panelists—each tasked with  
addressing a topic most pressing to their current opera-  
The BEC conference wouldn’t be complete without a key- tions—talk about common challenges for contract glaziers.  
note address from a sports superstar. This year that ses- Topics may include staffing needs, design-assist processes,  
sion comes from Mark Eaton, former NBA All-Star from performance testing, contract issues, estimating and more.  
the Utah Jazz. He will discuss “The Four Commitments of AdditionalinformationabouttheBECConferenceisavailableon-  
a Winning Team.”  
line at  
:50 pm:  
The Intersection of Architecture, Art, Design,  
and Engineering, James Carpenter, James  
Carpenter Design Associates  
Take 5 Presentation, Tremco  
Beer break and trade show  
Cut Through the Noise: Get the Rundown on  
Energy Code Development, Tom Culp, GANA  
energy consultant/Birch Point Consulting LLC  
GANA Snapshot: A Guide to GANA Tech  
Advocacy, Urmilla Sowell, technical director,  
Take 5 Presentation: Guardian Glass  
The Four Commitments of a Winning Team,  
Mark Eaton, Former NBA All-Star, Utah Jazz  
Wednesday, February 8, 2017  
- 11 am: Registration desk open  
- 7:45 am: Breakfast and trade show  
2:45 pm:  
2:50 pm:  
3:15 pm:  
Take 5 Presentation, C.R. Laurence Co. Inc.  
:05 am:  
Complex Glass Fabrication and Installation: Best  
Practices and Lessons Learned, Panelists TBD  
Take 5 Presentation, Kuraray America Inc.  
Communications break and trade show  
9:30 am:  
:35 am:  
3:35 pm:  
10 am:  
Take 5 Presentation, Kawneer North America  
10:05 am: Contract Glazier Challenges, panelists: Joe  
Clabbers, National Glass & Metal; Ted Derby,  
LCG Facades; Stephanie Lamb, Giroux Glass;  
Bill Sullivan, Brin Glass Co.; moderator: Max  
Perilstein, Sole Source Consultants  
:55 pm:  
5- 6:30 pm: Networking reception  
11:30 am: Closing remarks and adjournment s  
January 2017 | USGlass, Metal & Glazing  

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