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Glass Going Oversize- The Fabricator’s View

Glass Going Oversize- The Fabricator's View

Added on 09/24/2018

Second of three stories on this design trend. A decade ago when an architect designed a structure with openings that were larger than the standard size parameters that the glass fabrication community was geared to fabricate, very few options were available. Less than a handful of suppliers in North America could produce oversize material, and if you did get it, the glass usually came “as is” with no warranty. Today this is not the case. Thanks to supply chain growth and maturity as well as technology improvements and advanced equipment, fabricators have a different attitude and approach to jumbo-sized glass products.
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Transparent Bird Friendly Glass to the Rescue

Transparent Bird Friendly Glass to the Rescue

Added on 09/24/2018

Admittedly, it can be embarrassing, but we have all done it at least once in our lives; running headfirst into a glass pane that we had not seen. The consequence of our action is normally only wounded self-pride or perhaps a minor injury. However, when bird strikes occur, the outcome can be fatal.
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Glass Going Oversize- The Architect View First of three stories on this growing design trend

Glass Going Oversize - The Architect View

Added on 08/03/2018

First of three stories on this GROWING design trend. Is bigger better? When it comes to glass and building openings, the trend has seemingly taken off. In the last three to five years, more and more design professionals are pushing the envelope with larger spans. However, questions remain. Is bigger better? What are the advantages and what are the pitfalls?
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Why is an EPD important to architects?

Why is an EPD important to architects?

Added on 07/18/2018

Authored by Josée Lupien, LEED Fellow, President Vertima: Looking back 10 years, the demand for healthier manufactured products was already present in North America’s architecture and design industry (A & D).
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AviProtek® E – Offering an innovative balance between bird life preservation, energy efficiency and

Offering an innovative balance between bird life preservation, energy efficiency and unique design

Added on 06/07/2018

With current glass facades claiming the lives of millions of birds each year, it is clear that a modern glass solution is needed. The magnitude of the problem is such that an important trend has emerged across North America - to make buildings much more bird friendly. This being said,many glass products offered to architects and building owners create challenges that cause significant compromises in terms of architectural design and energy efficiency, such as placing visual markers on the second surface and pushing the low-e coating on the third surface.
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Corporate Responsibility and Bird Friendly Glazing - A Great Match

Corporate Responsibility and Bird Friendly Glazing - A Great Match

Added on 05/25/2018

Glass and glazing designs and mandates coming from corporate entities can sometimes be both complex and challenging. Priorities can be quite different from the architectural team to the corporate management group on many levels. So when a building project comes together as nicely as the recent Restoration Hardware location in Ontario, a deeper look at some of the success factors is worth reviewing.
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The Walker Textures® Acid-etched Glass New York City Project Tour

The Walker Textures® Acid-etched Glass New York City Project Tour

Added on 05/18/2018

This alternative city tour will take you to various parts of town to see great examples of early adaptor architects that worked with acid-etched glass. Their creativity is a reflection of New York City grandeur, where anything is possible. During the upcoming AIA National Convention taking place June 20 to 22, many of you will embark on organized tour(s) to visit some of New York City’s best known landmarks. The Walker Textures® acid-etched glass project tour is an interesting free option that is available anytime you have a break in your schedule to see and learn how our glass was used with an “outside the box” perspective.
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Seeing Them from a Distance: The Glass Fins at the New Seattle Amazon Office

Seeing Them from a Distance: The Glass Fins at the New Seattle Amazon Office

Added on 04/16/2018

“Manufacturing is more than just putting parts together. It's coming up with ideas, testing principles and perfecting the engineering, as well as final assembly.”— Sir James Dyson British inventor, industrial designer and founder of the Dyson company.
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The Beauty That Resides on the Inside

The Beauty That Resides on the Inside

Added on 03/14/2018

For years, the interior of a commercial building was considered an afterthought. The look was dictated by choices of paint, carpet and wall coverings. It was basic and usually left to the tenant. However, a revolution of sorts has been taking place in recent years, with a stronger push to design interiors with innovative building products forging a memorable and branded appearance. The new workplace strategy promoting open floor plans required that architects and interior designers create modern and progressive images in these capacious spaces.
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From Presentation to Installation: One Story of Bird Protective Glazing

From Presentation to Installation: One Story of Bird Protective Glazing

Added on 02/15/2018

There’s lots of articles out there on projects featuring bird friendly glazing. However, a look behind the scenes on how a project ends up using glass that is paramount in saving millions of bird lives is not one that you see very often.
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