Seele Meets DIN 2304-1 Quality Criteria in Adhesives Technology

Seele reports that its adhesive bonding procedures plus corresponding quality assurance measures have received DIN 2304 certification. This standard is valid across all branches of industry and serves as a guideline for adhesive joints. It describes the process chain for bonded connections, covering everything from tender submissions to the maintenance or
repair of bonded components.

“As a façade construction specialist, we have been following the topic of adhesive bonded joints in architecture for many years. We have gradually expanded our expertise and built up a team with appropriate skills. Especially when it comes to safety, adhesive joints must comply with the very highest quality standards. Certification according to DIN 2304-1 is an important step, but comprehensive testing on our own testing grounds still remains the most important means of checking our façade designs,” says Siegfried Gossner, director and co-founder of the seele group. “What really characterizes us is how we are constantly pushing back the boundaries of technology. We are a member of the DIN standards organization and therefore take part in standardization work, which means transferring technical innovations to the state of the art.”

Court Upholds California Sub’s Right to Payment

The California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District upheld a trial court’s decision stating that an undefined delay in payment to subcontractors is not enforceable under pay-when-paid provisions.

In Crosno Construction Inc. v. Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of America, Crosno Construction Inc. sued Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of America for payment on a bond claim after Clark Bros Inc., the prime contract on a public works project in California, filed a suit against project owner North Edwards Water District over nonpayment. Crosno’s subcontract with Clark included a pay-when-paid clause.
Crosno sought payment under the surety bond but Clark tried to prevent Crosno from gaining payment while its lawsuit against North Edwards Water District was ongoing.

The central question in the appeal was whether a surety may defend a public
works payment bond action by invoking an expansive pay-when-paid provision in the construction subcontract that defers payment for an indefinite period of time. Specifically, may a payment bond surety turn to a pay-when-paid provision in a subcontract to delay its bond obligation to a subcontractor until some unspecified point at which litigation between the direct contractor and project owner concludes?

The trial court found that the provision was void because it violated California Civil Code Section 8122, which prohibits any provision of a contract that waives, affects or impairs a claimant’s rights.

The appellate court agreed. Its decision reads, “If Travelers could invoke the subcontract’s pay-when-paid clause to postpone its payment bond obligation until some unspecified and undefined point in time when Clark’s litigation with the district concluded, that would unquestionably and unreasonably affect or impair Crosno’s right to recover under the payment bond without either an express waiver or full payment required by sections 8124 and 8126. Accordingly, the specific pay-when-paid provision before us is ‘void and unenforceable’ against Crosno’s payment bond claim.”

However, the court states that not all pay-when-paid provisions are unenforceable against a payment bond claim, but this one is.

Giroux Glass Opens New Location

Giroux Glass Inc. opened its newest location in Orange County, Calif., in May 2020. Both office staff and glaziers are working from their new shop and office space in Placentia. This is the company’s second new location this year, following its facility in Phoenix, which opened in March.

Although the new office is just 30 miles from the company’s downtown Los Angeles headquarters, Bob Linford, vice president of California operations, says, “The travel to Orange County always has been a logistical challenge and has limited our work there, in particular, with smaller service projects. [While] we have always performed our full range of work in the area, from this new freeway-convenient location, we can reduce time wasted in traffic and better serve our Orange County clients as locals.”

The new 7,500-square-foot facility includes a large shop and office space for the seven-person team devoted primarily to service projects. It also houses auxiliary offices for staff members engaged in computer-aided design, commercial contracts and tenant improvements. This move has been part of Giroux Glass’ strategic plan for the past few years.

“For all the customers we service in Los Angeles, we can more efficiently serve their Orange County-based properties as well. From this central base, we’re primed for quick turnarounds with a straight shot to Irvine. Quick service, especially on emergency service requests, has always been critical to our success,” says Fred Perez, director of service, who oversees this location as well as the Los Angeles-based service team.

Although the timing of opening a new office amid the current COVID-19 pandemic had presented challenges and new work protocols, it has also created the need for businesses to provide employees with safer work environments, according to the company. From its new location, Giroux Glass can more easily install protective elements, such as touch-free
doors and protective partitions, and complete other renovations in Orange County offices that are less crowded during this time.

“Once the COVID-19 danger has passed, we will be prepared to bring our customers in Orange County a higher level of services to help get them back on track quickly,” adds Perez.

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