If you want to know what architects want to know about glass,
or what questions they have about it, the best place to be right
now is the American Institute of Architects convention and exhibit
at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas.
USGlass/USGNN were there and took the opportunity to talk with
some of the visitors to our booth.
Mark Honchell, a registered architect in Towanda, Pa., whose
firm MHDesign does a lot of work with hotels such as Hilton, Marriott's
and Intercontinental, wants to find out more about energy efficient
"Hotels are interested in this technology because glass
is the major source of heat loss in these structures," he
explained. They're also interested in environmentally friendly
design, he added. "We're using geo-thermal technology and
design and we need better glass to go along with it. I want to
know what energy efficient products are available."
Honchell said that "maybe we're not as sophisticated as
we should be in terms of what we spec."
As Seen on TV
Jeff Sullivan, an architect in Naples, Fla., said that he is
looking for a glass that he saw on television that mixes the glass
with metals like stainless steel. "I thought I saw something
like that. Who makes it?" he asked.
Of all the questions of the day, this was the stumper.
"It was like on one of those scientific shows, I think,"
Sullivan, who does high-end residential houses, said he is looking
for glass that is "out of the norm," but that "clients,
because of the cost, are reluctant to use it sometimes."
Maybe getting glass from China would be an option, he said.
He had one final question: "Can they fabricate tempered
or bent glass in the field? If they could, it would change the
whole industry!" (And he gave a thumbs up.)
That First Curtainwall Step
Joseph Iuviene, Architectural Bureau in Chatham, N.Y., whose
firm does a lot of restoration work on historic buildings, is
doing his first curtainwall. "I've been reading about bricks
for 30 years and I've looked at some of the glass stuff but never
really paid much attention. Now, I need a quick course in how
to build a curtainwall," he said.
He was at the show to talk to exhibitors to see what answers
he could get to his questions, and added that in addition he would
like to find information on the Web in downloadable pdf form.
"We know glass, but we don't know this application,"
he stated. And he was optimistic that his visit to the AIA show
would help him find the answers and start to get the knowledge
that he needed.