• Seeing Clearly

    Design, Collaboration & Engineering Combine in a Unique Structural Glazing Project By Ellen Rogers When you can go to work every day with extensive, beautiful views of water and mountains, why would you want to stay home? Maybe that’s what Expedia was thinking when designing its new Seattle headquarters. Completed in 2020, the campus spans…

  • Two-Plus Decades

    When you’re well established in your profession and start a new job in a new industry, it can be challenging for anyone; perhaps even more so when a woman starts a new career in a predominantly male industry. Imagine what it was like for a 25-year-old woman with just a couple years of professional experience,…

  • Seeing Green

    After a four-year absence from Las Vegas, GlassBuild America returned to the Strip’s bright lights, the casinos’ ringing slot machines and the Convention Center’s long aisles of trade show booth after trade show booth. And for the first time in three years, when the show was in Atlanta, it felt like a trade show should…

  • Save Time and Get Paid While Protecting Lien Rights

    Protecting lien rights is often an afterthought, an unfortunate reality seeing as how oftentimes it’s too late to seek relief amid payment discrepancies on a job. And while lien rights and processes differ from state to state, there are general steps contractors can take to protect themselves. “If you do construction work, if you don’t…

  • Associated General Contractors of America Launches Campaign to Combat High Suicide Rates

    The Associated General Contractors of America has launched a new public awareness campaign to help combat high suicide rates and improve mental health within the construction industry. According to the association’s CEO, Stephen E. Sandherr, there are 53.2 suicides per 100,000 workers compared to a national construction workplace fatality rate of 10.2 per 100,000 workers.…

  • Construction Contractors Struggle to Find Workers

    A new survey released by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) shows that 91% of construction contractors are having a tough time finding workers, which has limited the number of jobs added during August. An analysis of federal employment data released by the AGC reports that construction firms added 16,000 jobs in August. “Nonresidential…

  • Architectural Glass & Metal Technician Program Certifies 1,000th Glazier

    The Architectural Glass & Metal Technician (AGMT) program certified its 1,000th glazier since the program’s start in 2019. The AGMT program is North America’s only American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited, third-party assessment of an experienced glazier’s knowledge and abilities. Mike Marye, an Indianapolis glazier, and member of IUPAT District Council 91, completed both the Knowledge-Based…

  • Virginia Law Prohibits Pay-if-Paid Clauses in Most Construction Contracts

    A bill to shore up payment protections in the construction and glazing industry in Virginia has been signed into law. Senate Bill 550 was signed into law in April by Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin. The bill amended a portion of the Virginia Prompt Payment Act and a component of the Virginia wage theft statute. The amendments…

  • ASHRAE, International Code Council to Jointly Develop New Carbon Emission Standard for Buildings

    The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the International Code Council will jointly develop a standard to assess carbon emissions across the entire building life cycle. The proposed standard, ASHRAE/ICC Standard 240P – Evaluating Greenhouse Gas (GHG) and Carbon Emissions in Building Design, Construction and Operation, will provide a whole-life carbon approach…

  • Lack of Skilled Labor, Rising Age of Workers Contribute to Increasing Worldwide Construction Costs

    Lack of Skilled Labor, Rising Age of Workers Contribute to Increasing Worldwide Construction Costs

    Four of the ten most expensive cities in which to construct buildings are in the United States, including the most expensive. Have a guess as to where it is? Construction around the world has become more expensive following the COVID-19 pandemic. Various factors contribute to the rising construction costs in cities, including the availability of…