Glass Industry Showing Architects its Latest and Greatest

Architects are getting a healthy dose of glass, glazing and fenestration this week at the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Conference on Architecture. The event kicked off Thursday at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

YKK AP again drew a crowd for the unveiling of another edition of its “I am an Architect” video series, featuring Brady and Mosby. The sixth video, titled “Inspire Architecture,” can be viewed here.

YKK also presented its new unitized hurricane impact window wall system. The YHW 60 TU, which runs slab to slab, has the look of a curtainwall.

Glass Flooring Systems (GFS) is onsite showing its walkable skylight capabilities. GFS founder Wayne Conklin said the architects he speaks with at the event are showing interest in his company’s testing documentation, which proves its products’ performance in a variety of applications.

“Testing is everything,” said Conklin, noting structural, air/water infiltration and energy performance as some of the key factors that his products are tested for.

GFS is also showcasing glass stairs, as well as a glass deck application that uses thermally broken frames and anti-slip surfaces. At GFS’s booth, Conklin is also discussing with attendees a large fully structural, extruded aluminum glass deck project his company is working on currently.

Glass Flooring Systems has on display an example of its glass deck application capabilities.

Elsewhere on the show floor, Assa Abloy is demonstrating many of its new products, including its stainless steel glass panic device—a top-latching solution with an “easy-align security latch.” The device, which can be mounted on glass doors, will be available June 1.

Rockwood Products general manager Doug Thompson said a key feature of the product is ease of installation, as well as its ability to be removed and altered without the need to take out the whole glass door.

“It’s much easier to work with from an adjustment and maintenance standpoint,” he said.

In addition, it features an engraved “push” area on the handle and can be produced in multiple finishes.

Also at the show, Pella unveiled its new Architect Series lines of wood doors and windows. The company conducted months of research with architects and designers to create two new lines—Reserve and Contemporary.

“The Contemporary series features large expanses of glass with really thin sightlines, while still maintaining all the performance values architects and homeowners demand,” said Pella corporate public relations manager Heidi Farmer.

The Reserve line features design elements from historic homes and buildings, and the company included the National Park Service in its research, as well as, regional historic preservation groups, to gain their insights and feedback.

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