From the Editor Fall 2020

Preparing for the Unexpected

By Jordan Scott

While “unprecedented” is likely in the running for the best word to describe 2020, I’d choose the word “unprepared.” It would be difficult to argue that, in the U.S. at least, we were prepared to handle a global pandemic of this scale. Not only did our economy come to a screeching halt, now that we’re closer to normal capacity, we’re left wondering how to adapt to this situation.

In the building and construction industries, there have been many discussions on how best to address the current outbreak from all levels, as well discussions on how to prevent future pandemics. While this may be easier to address in new construction, if companies that are currently relying on work from home strategies want to move employees back into the office, especially those with open floor plans, it may be more difficult.

There are several temporary solutions, such as glass and plexiglass dividers, which could become permanent fixtures due to their transparency. I wonder if there will be an increase in major renovations to address some of these issues. Operable vents could be a solution in some offices as a way to bring in fresh air. It will be interesting to see where all of this leads.

Some examples of technology that will likely make their way into offices in the near future are antimicrobial and touchless hardware. You can read about the latest products in this market in the article, “Hands Free,” on page 16.

And while most of us aren’t able to travel, or don’t want to travel, new buildings are still being completed around the world. For a look at some of these glassy global projects, check out the article, “World Tour,” on page 12.

Other events that are difficult to plan for are break-ins, security breaches and storms. You can learn considerations for each type of security application in the article, “Designing Protection: An Overview of Security Glazing Considerations,” on page 8.

This year certainly has required a great deal of adapting, and maybe even improvising, in many aspects. I have been impressed with how the glass and construction industries have adapted and I look forward to seeing where we go from here.

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