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Excerpt from an article from Ahlers & Cressman PLLC: We recently wrote about design disclaimers here, but revisit the topic to further discuss how subtle language can transfer the entire risk for defective designs from the designer to the general contractor. Bidding contractors need to be aware that any language suggesting that a design may not be adequate for the item to function for its intended purpose may shift the entire risk of that design, including the costs to make the item function as intended, to the bidder. Continue Reading

Excerpt from an article from the Seattle Times: In Seattle’s love-it-or-hate it building boom, even the color of the construction cranes is a matter of perspective. For most of us, they’re ominous yellow flags, signifying change, progress or disruption. But for anyone wearing a hard hat and toiling beneath one, they’re pure gold. Continue Reading

Excerpt from an article from ConstructionDIVE: Non-residential construction starts soared by 30.3 percent in May after taking a 5.6-percent hit a month earlier, according to data provider CMD. Continue Reading

Excerpt from an article from Reuters: U.S. permits for future home construction surged to a near eight-year high in May, suggesting a building up of momentum in housing and the broader economy after a dismal performance at the start of the year. Continue Reading

Excerpt from an article from Daily Commercial News: The word “metamaterial” is coming up more and more often in the news, often referring to some pretty esoteric characteristics that have been changed by scientists. Continue Reading

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Giroux Glass announced it has moved to a new, larger office location in Fresno, Calif. Continue Reading

Excerpt from an article Giroux Glass: Just another day in the shop today here at Giroux. We’ve got a job coming up to replace a big panel of glass for the group of architects at Gensler. Their US HQ is at 500 S. Figueroa in downtown LA, and this big panel is one of a series in their “jewel box.” That’s their ground-level series of windowpanes that go around the building. Our project estimator, Jay Ramos, said “It looks like a BB gun caused damage to the piece, and it left behind a small round hole”. This is what we’re replacing. Continue Reading

Starting today, Pella EFCO is sponsoring the USGlass online contract glazing specialized site,, for the month of June. The site covers all the latest … Continue Reading

CH Holdings USA Inc. announced the promotion of Rick Hamlin to president of Cupples and Bill Trainor to vice president of operations. “Rick and Bill … Continue Reading

Fourteen years ago, it was Anne-Merelie Murrell’s “enthusiasm and integrity” that drew Nataline Lomedico to the Giroux Glass company. A decade and a half later, … Continue Reading

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The market for fire-rated glass products has seen rapid growth in recent years. Gone are the days of wired-glass stairwells, as the industry has welcomed in an abundance of light and transparency that flows deep into the building—thanks in part to the developments in fire-rated glazing materials. But, not everything is always as simple as it may seem. In some instances that rapid growth has also resulted in a lack of exposure to glass and framing developments, some experts say. And contract glaziers, for one, are not always aware of the inherent differences in fire-rated materials compared to traditional products. Continue Reading

They say in Vegas the eye in the sky is watching us all, but it’s a different “eye” that takes the stage once a year when the contract glaziers head into town. I-words, instead, were the name of the game during the 2014 Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Conference, organized by the Glass Association of North America, which took place March 16-18 at the Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino. Here’s a look back at five key themes that resonated throughout this year’s event. Continue Reading

The construction industry has seen a recent increase in fatalities on job sites, and members across the industry have now come together this week to … Continue Reading

When USGlass magazine approached us about creating a way to measure contract glaziers’ confidence in the future, we set about to test and develop research … Continue Reading

“We had the largest backlog and the largest receivable in the history of the company at the time of the receivership so it’s all hard … Continue Reading

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