Working with Certified Glaziers Can Be a Benefit to the Design Community

Glaziers are known for being plumb, level and square. To spread that message, District Council 16 of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) hosted a group of architects during the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Conference on Architecture 2023, which took place June 7-10, 2023, in San Francisco.

The tour at the Finishing Trades Institute in San Leandro, Calif., featured hands-on opportunities that provided architects with a better understanding of the intricacies of glazing. The purpose, says Jeff Dalaba, was to impress upon the architects the importance of certifications when submitting project specifications. Dalaba is the program development director for the North American Contractor Certification and Architectural Glass and Metal Technician Certification Program. He joined the tour to talk about the importance of glazing certifications.

Outfitted with metal clogs to protect their feet, hard hats, safety glasses and gloves, architects rotated throughout the training institute. The facility is one of 105 IUPAT training sites throughout the country, says Matt Fox, a specialist at the International Finishing Trades Institute.

Four stations were scattered throughout the building: curtainwall, storefront, sealant and glass cutting. Each station was helmed by an instructor, along with several apprentices who taught the architects how to set glass in frames properly, cut glass with a glass cutter, clean, tape and apply caulk to joints and install glass doors.

Throughout the four-hour tour, District Council 16 director of training Alex Beltran, Fox and Dalaba, emphasized the importance of requesting certified glaziers in project specifications. That’s because qualified glaziers understand how to install the product correctly the first time, says Tina Donnelly, a project executive envelope specialist at Turner Engineering Group, Turner Construction.

Equality Initiatives Help Women in Glazing, Construction

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) aim to ensure that more women and minorities have equal opportunities. New initiatives by both agencies follow a report issued by EEOC chair Charlotte A. Burrows, showing that women and people of color remain underrepresented in the construction industry—most notably among higher-paid, higher-skilled trades.

EEOC’s report issues findings and next steps based on enforcement experience and witness testimony from a May 2021 hearing on discrimination and academic research. Among the actions planned by EEOC officials are industry-specific technical assistance for employers, unions and workers to help ensure fair hiring practices, equal treatment on the job and safe and inclusive workplaces.

EEOC also plans to provide information about lawful diversity, equity inclusion and accessibility practices that the commission has found effective in fostering equal opportunities. The commission will work cooperatively with other federal, state and local anti-discrimination agencies to advance equal employment opportunity, officials say.

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