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b y N i c k S t . D e n i s  
he glass and glazing industry  
The company recently expanded its  
had another strong presence fabrication, printing and coating offer-  
at the American Institute of ings, completing construction of a new  
Architects’ (AIA) Conference 300,000-square-foot facility.“All of the  
on Architecture this year in Orlando.The equipment is in,” said Henson.“We got  
sector made its mark all throughout the it done through the winter, and we’re  
show floor with new products,innovative ready to go.”  
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developments … and fresh exhibitors.  
Faour Glass Technologies, based in  
Companies took advantage of the Tampa, Fla., used the occasion to fea-  
opportunity, not only to demonstrate ture its frameless all-glass Slimpact  
how they have responded to the archi- product in larger sizes, as it’s now im-  
“Architects told us that they wanted to  
tectural community’s latest demands, pact tested to a 10-by-7-foot lite, op- design around broader views and more  
but also to solicit feedback on how the posed to the previous 10-by-5 size.  
natural daylight, and we made it our  
industry can continue to progress in  
the eyes of designers.  
The company also introduced its mission to deliver,” said Steve Fronek,  
frameless impact door, which vice vice president of design engineering.  
president and general manager Angelo  
Going Big  
Rivera said has been in development Sustained Success  
One recurring theme among archi- for 18 months.He said the door is ideal  
Sustainability is a key focus for  
tects is the demand for bigger appli- for high-end commercial and residen- the architectural community, and  
cations of glass, something that was tial spaces in hurricane prone areas, something Twinsburg, Ohio-based,  
again addressed by many exhibitors.  
“for designers wanting to maximize Technoform takes to heart and was  
Owatonna, Minn.-based fabricator glass and minimize the metal framing, demonstrating to designers. The com-  
Viracon was on site with a 130-by- while maintaining the highest level of pany’s spacer systems, along with  
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company’s new jumbo glass capabil-  
36-inch glass lite, showcasing the protection.”  
WausauWindow andWall Systems,lo- awarded Platinum and Gold Material  
the profiles it highlighted, have been  
ities. Vice president of sales and mar- cated inWausau,Wis.,focused on a large Health Certificates by the Cradle to  
keting Garret Henson pointed out that door application, as well. It announced Cradle Products Innovation Institute.  
historically,“the size we were comfort- a new product line, CrossTrak sliding  
Technoform president Mark Sil-  
able with in the glass industry was 96 doors. Wausau developed the system to verberg said an advantage of Cradle  
inches by 165 inches,” so when put in cater to high-rise balconies’ expansive to Cradle certification compared to  
perspective, “we’re dealing with really, views, as it can use operable and fixed Health Product Declarations (HPD) is  
really large glass today.”  
panels spanning up to 8 by 10 feet.  
that it has to be third-party verified.  
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Location, Location  
For Tampa, Fla.-based Faour  
Glass Technologies and other com-  
panies, location made the AIA show  
a no-brainer.  
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.  
markerboards.  
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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before,” she said. “We’re just trying to  
get into more specs.”  
New Jersey-based Galaxy Glass &  
Stone has been in business for four  
decades, and in the past had focused  
primarily on the Northeast region and  
the New York metropolitan area in  
particular.  
However, it has recently expanded  
into more markets throughout the U.S.  
President and CEO Eugene M. Negrin  
said it was time to take its decorative  
glass product to the national AIA show  
for the first time.  
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Quanex, headquartered in Houston,  
was on site discussing its manufactur-  
ing facility expansion. “We’re trying to  
position ourselves as a true commer-  
cial-frame player with our AW-rated  
products, with an edge toward the next  
generation,”said national account man-  
ager Eric Thompson, hinting at a com-  
mercial product launch in late 2017.  
This will be cost-efficient innova-  
tion,” added sales specialist Joe Erb,  
bringing true value engineering back  
to the customer needs.”  
Also looking to the future, YKK AP  
again drew a crowd for the unveiling of  
another edition of its “I am an Archi-  
tect” video series, featuring Brady and  
Mosby. The sixth video, titled “Inspire  
Architecture,”focused on getting young  
people interested in the field.  
On to New York  
Next year’s AIA Conference on Archi-  
tecture will be held June 21-23,2018,at  
the Javits Center in New York City. s  
N i c k S t . D e n i s  
is the research editor  
for USGlass magazine.  
He can be reached at  
nstdenis@glass.com.  
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