Week Shows Its Decorative Side
The Glass Association of North America's Glass Week conference
continued today at the Rio in Las Vegas with a meeting of the Decorative
Division. It was the second annual meeting of the newest division,
noted chair Kris Vockler of ICD Performance Coatings as she called
the meeting to order.
The young division spent the early part of its meeting examining
ways to gain members and an audience.
After welcoming new members, the division's Membership Committee
proposed putting together criteria for who exactly could join.
"We've been successful in attracting new members … but we have
to evaluate who can join," Vockler suggested.
The group agreed to submit some criteria in writing to the board
of directors for their approval. Discussion then moved to the Marketing
Committee's online survey. The survey has thus far received more
than 50 responses, primarily from architects. The group has shortened
the survey and added checkboxes for ease and now will be posting
on GANA's main website, www.glasswebsite.com.
The group also continued to fine-tune a marketing sheet to be aimed
at eliciting further interest from architects.
In addition, the group reviewed videos of its Design in Glass Awards.
"The idea was to show everyone the versatility in what you would
consider decorative glass," said Brian Pittman with GANA, "and to
give an award to everyone out there pushing the envelope on the
The decorative residential winner was Kevin Marion, A.I.A., who
designed and installed colorful glass tile along the floor and walls
of his children's shower. The bathroom also featured a glass block
The decorative commercial category had most entries of any category,
the group noted, making the choice so difficult that two winners
Designer and installer Joel Berman Glass Studios' cast glass garden
wall won purely on its artistic merit.
"Joel Berman absolutely captioned the art of glass," noted Greg
Carney, GANA technical director, who was one of the judges of the
Bentel & Bentel Architects/Planners A.I.A., designed a plan for
a glass restaurant executed by installer M. Choden & Sons. The winner
was chosen for its functionality; every surface of the building
was glass-floors, ceilings, railings, tabletops, wine racks, supporting
beams, and more. As the judges noted, the building was modern, but
the sleek glass remained inviting and friendly.
Yesterday the Laminating Division had likewise announced the winners
of its first Design in Glass Awards. The group watched a brief video
on the commercial winner, a glass staircase in Toronto supported
by laminated glass. Halcrow Yolles was the designer and Josef Gartner
USA the installer.
The residential winner, the only entry in all categories to receive
perfect score, used a green interlayer in a laminated skylight over
a dark bathroom. CBO Glass installed the skylight designed by Mehrdad
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