For Tampa, Fla.-based Faour
Glass Technologies and other com-
panies, location made the AIA show
Sun Metals Systems, a Tam-
pa-based manufacturer of com-
mercial glazing systems, has
participated in regional AIA events
but exhibited at the national show
for the ﬁrst time.
Since it’s right down the road
from us, we decided that we needed
to do it,” said vice president and
general manager Matthew Price.
Sun Metals supplies it products
throughout the U.S., and Price said
during the show he heard many
questions about thermal values
outside of the southeast. And he
didn’t just meet with architects—a
handful of contract glaziers from
different parts of the country vis-
ited his booth to discuss projects.
Boca Raton, Fla.-based decora-
tive glass supplier Eurostyle Glass
Colours Inc. is another glass com-
pany that either exhibited for the
ﬁrst time or returned to the show
after a few years away.
Companies in the glass industry such as Vitro (top left), Guardian Glass (top
right) and YKK (bottom) spent the AIA Show week demonstrating new products,
educating architects and entertaining attendees.
people are misinterpreting the infor-
mation,” he said.
HPDs are all over the place because First for Everything
Dreamwalls, a division of Gardner
Glass Products, was a ﬁrst-time exhib-
Technoform discussed with archi- itor at the event. The company, based
tects a new polyamide pressure plate in North Wilkesboro, N.C., produces
system it co-developed with YKK AP decorative glass and highlighted its
America, located in Austell, Ga.
Elsewhere on the show ﬂoor, Dow
Gardner vice president of marketing
“This is the ﬁrst time we’ve been
here in a while, but it made sense
because it’s right in our backyard,”
said Eurostyle’s Glenn Comiskey.
The company showcased its dec-
orative interlayer laminated glass
products, which Comiskey said
have been popular of late in ofﬁce
spaces, as well as lobby spaces just
outside of elevators.
Corning, located in Midland, Mich., Mandy Marxen pointed out that many
demonstrated a different kind of sus- non-glass companies are now produc-
tainability. The company discussed ing markerboards, so it’s important for
with architects its more than 50-year the glass industry to remain visible to
record of sealant durability.
architects in that regard.
“We’re striving to get involved in
“Silicone offers a lot of design free-
dom—it allows architects to think projects earlier and earlier, something
differently,” said Lori Floyd, global that the glass industry never really did
business communications manager,
building and construction.
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