Regardless of the business or industry, there is always a need to change things up. To create something new, or perfect a particular process. Recovering from a year where life was paused and seemed uncertain, those desires seem to have strengthened in every corner of life.
Of course, the glass industry is no exception.
Goldray Glass, based in Alberta, Canada, is committed to developing innovations in the way glass is presented in architecture. One method the company has created is called the Mosaic Wall Cladding System. Laura Little, vice president of marketing and sales at Goldray, said her company is “always pushing the envelope on different things that architects and designers and glaziers can use aesthetically. And what we’re finding is we’re getting to a point where there is also a need in the market for installation solutions.” She says that’s the primary focus for the technology that Mosaic is intended to introduce.
The Mosaic system is meant to address the growing concern of construction waste and installation efficiency. With an increase in conversation concerning sustainability, Little says it can be a benefit to adapt and change whatever is possible to mitigate the issue.
According to Goldray’s website, Mosaic is intended to “bypass the inconveniences of traditional glazing and install wall cladding as easy as hanging a picture.”
The wall cladding system makes use of a wall clip design to ensure the possibility of easily accessing the structure behind or removing broken glass.
The Mosaic product was used when contract glazing company Empirehouse renovated its office space in Mounds View, Minn. The company wanted to minimize both construction and disruption to keep costs manageable, so looked for solutions to meet these needs. In its reception area, the company installed a decorative glass feature wall built with the Mosaic wall cladding system. The fully-framed wall cladding system was installed in a snap-together fashion. The wall cladding system arrived prefabricated with panels preassembled and ready to hang in place. Little prep was needed on the existing wall, which helped reduce labor significantly. Horizontal wall clips were screwed to the substrate, the panels were removed from the shipping crates and hung in place. An opening for the TV monitor was also accounted for in the design.
With the demand of sustainable products growing and life slowly returning to pre-pandemic normalcy, the industry can likely expect even more new and innovation glazing products that can help contract glaziers be even more efficient.