Members Discuss Standard Development and Volunteer Opportunities;
Recognize Design Winners During Annual Meeting
October 14, 2009
The Bath Enclosure Manufacturers Association (BEMA) met recently
in Atlanta for its annual meeting. BEMA president Mark Rowlett of
Coastal Industries began by welcoming those in attendance and announced
that the association has two new members: Waterfall Bath Enclosures
of Carrollton, Texas, and Eastern Glass in Monroe, N.C.
The first order of business was BEMAs efforts toward developing
an ASTM standard that, once completed, will be a guideline for safe
shower enclosure installations. The document has been submitted
to ASTM and balloted twice. The group is currently addressing negatives
and Rowlett said those concerns are being worked through.
Were expecting to do another ballot in the near future
with these changes made so hopefully in three to six months time
we will see approval through ASTM, he said.
In addition to the standard development, Rowlett also stressed
the importance of volunteering time to help the association.
We need people. The organization is only as good as the people
in it and who are involved, he said. Become involved
to help direct BEMA because there is lots that we can do for it
in the future.
Members also discussed setting future goals and plans.
The standard development has been our primary focus for the
last few years, said Chris Birch, BEMAs executive director.
Now we need to look at where we want to go from here.
Rowlett mentioned working toward developing a training/certification
program for installers.
need to move toward more goals as an organization, he said.
Also as part of the meeting, BEMA recognized the winners of its
2009 Design Awards. There were four entries in the under 3/8-inch
glass category and 11 entries in the 3/8-inch glass and over category.
Don Bielawski, vice president of Easco Shower Doors in Trenton,
N.J., accepted the award for the under 3/8-inch category. In accepting
the award he said their goal had been to remove as much metal
as possible from the enclosure.
The installation was of our Expressions series, which features
a fully frameless door with through-the-glass hinges and a low profile
aluminum channel and header to provide a frameless look at a semi-frameless
price, said Bielawski. The typical aluminum post was
replaced with a glass-to-glass wet-glazed corner to further accentuate
the frameless look. This unit has ¼-inch thick clear glass
and brushed nickel finish.
the over 3/8-inch category, Jim Arnold of GlasSource in Grand Haven,
Mich., accepted the award. He explained that the homeowners wanted
the views of the outside to extend throughout the house, which is
located on Lake Michigan.
We constructed not just a shower door, but a glass wall that
separated the bathroom from the bedroom, he said.
To accommodate the owners desire to break up the rooms and
prevent unwanted moisture flow, while not obstructing the natural
forest and lake views, large size panels of ½-inch clear,
tempered glass were utilized as floor-to-ceiling dividers. Clips
were used to maintain clean lines and expose glass edges, while
joining the outer wall with the inner stall. Due to the large scale
of the project, oversized C.R. Laurence Atlas commercial hinges
and ladder pulls were used to prevent the hardware from being lost
in the design.
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