BEMA Holds Its Annual Meeting
Recognize Design Winners
by Ellen Rogers
The first order of business during the Bath Enclosure Manufacturers Association’s
(BEMA) annual meeting in Atlanta early in October was to continue ASTM
standard development. Once completed, it will be a guideline for safe
shower enclosure installations. The document has been submitted to ASTM
and balloted twice. The group currently is addressing negatives.
“Hopefully in three to six months time we will see approval through ASTM,”
said BEMA president Mark Rowlett of Coastal Industries.
In addition to the standard development, Rowlett also stressed the importance
of volunteering time to help the association.
“We need people. The organization is only as good as the people in it
and who are involved,” he said. “Become involved to help direct BEMA because
there is lots that we can do for it in the future.” Rowlett’s call must
have been heard, because the group welcomed two new members during the
meeting: Waterfall Bath Enclosures of Carrollton, Texas, and Eastern Glass
in Monroe, N.C.
Members also discussed setting future goals and plans, as standard development
had been a primary focus for the last few years. Rowlett mentioned working
toward developing a training/certification program for installers.
The 2009 Design Award Winners
Also as part of the meeting, BEMA recognized the winners of its 2009 Design
Awards. There were four entries in the under 3/8-inch glass category and
11 entries in the 3/8-inch glass and over category.
Don Bielawski, vice president of Easco Shower Doors in Trenton, N.J.,
accepted the award for the under 3/8-inch category. Their goal had been
to “remove as much metal as possible” from the enclosure.
“The installation was of our Expressions series, which features a fully
frameless door with through-the-glass hinges and a low profile aluminum
channel and header to provide a frameless look at a semi-frameless price,”
said Bielawski. “The typical aluminum post was replaced with a glass-to-glass
wet-glazed corner to further accentuate the frameless look. ”
Jim Arnold of GlasSource in Grand Haven, Mich., accepted the award in
the over 3/8-inch category. He explained that the homeowners wanted the
views of the outside to extend throughout the house, which is located
on Lake Michigan.
“We constructed not just a shower door, but a glass wall that separated
the bathroom from the bedroom,” he said.
To accommodate the owner’s desire, large size panels of ½-inch
clear, tempered glass were utilized as floor-to-ceiling dividers. Clips
were used to maintain clean lines and expose glass edges, while joining
the outer wall with the inner stall. Due to the large scale of the project,
oversized C.R. Laurence Atlas commercial hinges and ladder pulls were
used to prevent the hardware from being lost in the design.
Ellen Rogers is a contributing editor for USGlass.
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