Vitro Gives Second National Aviary Project the Bird-Friendly Treatment

The use of bird-friendly glass is a growing trend in the U.S., thanks to technology advances and increasing legislative requirements. For Vitro Architectural Glass, however, it’s more than just a trend; it’s about values. That’s why, for the second time, the company has donated bird-friendly glass to the National Aviary in Pittsburgh.

“Sustainability is a core value at Vitro and the partnership with the National Aviary brought our products into alignment with our values and a need in the community,” says Robert Struble, manager of corporate brand and strategy for Vitro. “Following the successful renovation of their Tropical Rain Forrest, we’ve maintained a relationship with the Aviary and have sponsored their educational programs for several years. We appreciate their mission and work.”

Vitro will sponsor the installation of bird-friendly glass on the Aviary’s new Garden Room, which will be used as a wedding, corporate and classroom space. Approximately 5,000 square feet of Solarban 72 Acuity solar control, low-E and low-iron glass by Vitro will be installed in insulating glass units (IGUs) on all four sides of the structure.

The IGUs will be fabricated with Walker Glass’ AviProtek E acid-etched bird-safe glass (Pattern 213) on the first (outdoor-facing) surface. The pattern was designed to satisfy the American Bird Conservancy’s “2 by 4” rule, which states that to be bird-friendly, any pattern on a glass surface must uniformly cover the entire window and consist of lines, dots or other geometric figures separated by no more than 2 inches if oriented in horizontal rows, or by 4 inches if oriented in vertical columns. The project will also feature a large moving wall. Completion is expected this fall.

While having bird-friendly glass was important for the project, Struble says energy efficiency was just as vital.

“The mission of the National Aviary is to educate and protect the avian population, so bird glass that reduces energy consumption and the related CO2 emissions was a must,” he says.

“In choosing glass for the Garden Room, it was critical that our selection be bird-friendly,” adds Cheryl Tracy, executive director of the National Aviary. “We also wanted glass with an elegant, understated pattern that will allow our guests to appreciate the beautiful outdoor amenities from the new event space year-round. We have found that perfect balance thanks to the experts at Vitro Architectural Glass.”

The Garden Room is the second National Aviary project the company has sponsored in the past two years.

Glaston Group Makes Changes to Company Structure

Glaston has changed its group structure and now has three business areas: Heat Treatment Technologies, Insulating Glass Technologies and Automotive & Emerging Technologies. The business areas also form the company’s three reporting segments in which services are included. Machine and services sales, order intake and order book will also be reported separately as additional information.

The company is also rebranding Bystronic glass, and plans to merge that into the Glaston brand by the end of 2020.

Tubelite Inc. Celebrates 75 Years of Business in 2020

With the dawn of the new decade, Tubelite Inc., an Apogee company, celebrates its diamond anniversary—75 years.

Tubelite was founded in 1945 by James T. Miller. The name “Tubelite” was coined to represent the tubes of aluminum and lites of glass. After five years working from a 50-by-60-feet alley-front building, Miller moved the company’s operations to a new, small building in Reed City, Mich. The building has undergone 20 additions since 1949, and continues to serve as the company’s aluminum extrusion operation.

In 2003, Tubelite opened an additional location in Walker, Mich., for assembly, warehouse and distribution operations. Three years later, this became the company’s corporate office with added fabrication capabilities. A Dallas location, opened in 2013, provides additional fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations. The company also has an office in Warwick, R.I.

Bird-Friendly Education

Walker Glass also works to educate the architectural community on bird-friendly glass solutions.

“Both Walker and Vitro employ architectural managers who every day are educating the architectural community on the need for bird-safe glass as an integral component of their designs, as well as to the most recent municipal requirements where the building project is to be located,” says Danik Dancause, marketing operations manager.

Charles Alexander, Walker’s vice president of sales and marketing, estimates that bird-friendly market growth will be driven chiefly by legislation requiring the use of bird-safe glass being adopted by cities and municipalities across North America.

“This trend is already well underway, with legislation in place in San Francisco, Portland, Minneapolis, Chicago and, most recently, New York, as well as in numerous cities in Canada including Toronto and Markham, Ontario,” he says.

“ASTM’s cousin to the north, the Canadian Standards Association, has recently published a bird-friendly standard (A 460) that outlines prescriptive requirements to architects on how to build bird-safe buildings,” adds Dancause. “It is this standard that will likely be the driving force behind the adoption and advancement of bird safe building requirements throughout North America. Among other things, this standard dictates the size and positioning of bird-safe markers on glazing that will protect birds from colliding into glass structures, and it is this standard that will challenge glass manufacturers to meet these standards – today and in the future.”

GGI Celebrates 120 Years in the Glass Industry

General Glass International (GGI) is celebrating its 120th anniversary this year. Founded in 1900 by Max Balik, an immigrant from Austria who had grown up in the glass business, GGI has become a global importer, national distributor and custom fabricator of specialty glass solutions. The company has been family owned and operated for five generations. “The company will celebrate this significant milestone throughout the year with events and communications that pay tribute to the history of accomplishments and to the people who have worked to help build the business,” says David Balik, president and CEO. “2020 presents even greater opportunity for GGI and our employees as we continue to expand our product offering and fabrication capabilities.”

Balik adds, “As we reflect on how GGI has evolved over the years, we are grateful for the support of our employees, customers and vendors, without whom none of this would have been possible. It is the ‘can do’ spirit of so many people over the years that continues to be the core of GGI’s success.”

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