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‘Solar Roadways’ Perks Ears in Glass Industry

Artist's rendition of downtown Sandpoint, Idaho, where Scott and Julie Brusaw reside. (Graphic design by Sam Cornett, Solar Roadways)

If things go the way Scott and Julie Brusaw plan, the glass industry could be in for a ride. The Idaho couple is full steam in the pre-manufacturing stage of their invention Solar Roadways, a project that has built a … Continue reading

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Glass Shops, Glaziers Busy in Midwest in Wake of Severe Storms

This Blair, Neb. house was one of many to endure major window damage Tuesday as severe storms hit the Midwest. (photo: Delaney Dawson, Twitter)

The Midwest—namely Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa—was hit with severe weather Tuesday, dropping hail, thunderstorms, flooding and even tornadoes onto different parts of the region. As a result, damage from the storm put contract glaziers and glass shops in the … Continue reading

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Multifamily Housing Continues to be One of Construction Industry’s Top Prospects

Construction spending has continued to edge up monthly through much of the first half of 2014. Despite uncertainty in sectors such as single-family homes and public construction, one category in particular has helped keep the momentum going: multifamily housing. Construction … Continue reading

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Glass-Based Glacier Skywalk Puts Visitors Over the Edge

The new Glacier Skywalk in western Alberta, Canada was constructed with a sharp focus on giving its visitors a bird’s eye view. Thanks to a plethora of glass in the design, its intentions came to fruition. The skywalk—a glass-floored, observation … Continue reading

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Blizzard Set to Retire from YKK AP, Leaves Behind Legacy in Midwest Branch

Phil Blizzard and Oliver Stepe

When Phil Blizzard joined YKK AP America 18 years ago, he was told to open a branch in Cincinnati. So he did. “I moved here, bought a home, went to a local office supply, purchased a fax machine and plugged … Continue reading

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‘Sacrificial Lite’ at Willis Tower’s Skydeck Takes One for the Team

Sometimes, things aren’t quite what they seem. According to multiple media reports, four patrons at Willis Tower’s Skydeck in Chicago Wednesday night saw the floor crack below them while standing in the “Ledge”—a glass and steel box that extends out … Continue reading

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View the May Newscast for Hurricane Highlights

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With summer around the corner, many glass companies and homeowners alike are already looking toward hurricane season and impact products. Learn the latest predictions anticipated for hurricane season and view some impact testing conducted by manufacturers. This week is also … Continue reading

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Glass, Steel Pavilion at 9-11 Memorial Reflects on Past, Present, Future

With the help of glass and large stainless steel panels, the entry pavilion of the National September 11 Memorial Museum, which opened to the public last week, is on par with the “Reflecting Absence” design of the memorial at the … Continue reading

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Owners Showing Increased Demand for Implementation of BIM in Projects

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Whether glazing contractors like it or not, Building Information Modeling is here to stay. In fact, it’s still very much on the way up. That was the message from panel members Wednesday during a webinar hosted by McGraw Hill Construction, … Continue reading

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Glass Industry Building Presence in Better Plants Initiative

Better Plants Overview for GMIC Webinar

Under the Better Buildings Initiative, the Department of Energy seeks to improve the energy efficiency of commercial and industrial buildings by 20 percent by 2020. A key component of that initiative is Better Plants, which the DOE’s Andre de Fontaine discussed … Continue reading

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