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Doing it the Right Way-Transparency in Sustainable Products

Doing it the Right Way-Transparency in Sustainable Products

Added on 11/27/2017

When a trend or a movement gains popularity there’s usually an unfortunate offshoot. Bad actors jump in and try and take advantage of the good will by usually exploiting the positive emotions of the buying public. The concept of “green” brings that example to light as more and more people realized the utter importance of doing things in a sustainable nature, the other side decided to jump in as well- and in this specific case the term “greenwashing” was spawned.
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Meeting at the MERGE of Experience and Collaboration

Meeting at the MERGE of Experience and Collaboration

Added on 10/20/2017

One of the great challenges for anyone trying to make it in a professional field is gaining genuine life experience. The classroom can take you only so far as there is really no substitute for doing something real. Thanks to several amazing individuals, an event named MERGE was created and students from various walks of the building product world were able to work together with professionals in the field to create a truly amazing glass installation.
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An In-Glass “Transition” at the Office

An In-Glass “Transition” at the Office

Added on 09/28/2017

Interior glass in the office setting continues to grow in popularity. The desire for open floor spaces and significant natural light has led the design community to using more glass. But if there was one concern that architects had with glass it was the lack of privacy and options that could still allow the occupant its space but still have the light working through. The interior area needed a change or more realistically a “transition” to a more suitable product.
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“Go big or go home.”

“Go Big or Go Home.”

Added on 09/28/2017

That is an expression that is very popular in many facets of North American culture including movies, television, music, and windows. Yes, windows or any opening to the outdoors (curtain wall and storefront too). The desire to have wide-open spaces and uncluttered views has pushed the design community into specifying the largest glass products possible. This trend is called “oversize” by most but you will also hear the term “jumbo” as well. The movement has been years in the making and now thanks to the advancements in production and handling equipment the availability of oversize product is prominent.
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Scarborough Centre Library Makes It Right

Scarborough Centre Library Makes It Right

Added on 08/10/2017

This article is courtesy of the Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) issued in their Touching Down newsletter, published in spring 2017
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Walker Textures® Traction is Introducing its New Product: Force

Walker Textures® Traction is Introducing its New Product: Force

Added on 07/18/2017

The word “force” has several different definitions including: People working together, Effectiveness and strength, Something with great influence
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Deeper Insights : The Oregon Zoo’s New Education Center by Opsis Architecture

Deeper Insights : The Oregon Zoo’s New Education Center by Opsis Architecture

Added on 07/18/2017

Recently we wrote about the glass that was used in the Education center construction at the Oregon Zoo. The architect on that project was Heather DeGrella of Opsis Architecture. We caught up with Heather to get more insight on the project.
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“Like a Symphony”

“Like a Symphony”

Added on 06/14/2017

Usage of Glass and More Makes a Beautiful Building in Montreal
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Acid-Etched Glass: A Versatile Product That Opens Endless Possibilities

Acid-Etched Glass: A Versatile Product That Opens Endless Possibilities

Added on 05/29/2017

Acid-etched glass can offer a large number of design options in multiple interior and exterior applications. These options can be expanded by combining acid-etched glass with other different glass fabricating processes depending on the requirements desired or the visual needed.
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Being Bird Friendly on the new Oregon Zoo Education Center

Being Bird Friendly on the new Oregon Zoo Education Center

Added on 05/29/2017

You would naturally assume that when a new structure is planned for a zoo, the health of all animals would be a consideration. However, most of the focus in a Zoo-like scenario would normally be on the animals that are being housed inside the zoo and not outside. But in the case of the new Oregon Zoo Education Center in Portland, Oregon the design took into account an aspect of wildlife that its construction could affect. Birds…
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