Wraps Up: Opportunities Abound
The Protective Glazing Council (PGC) held the final day of its
Annual Symposium yesterday in Arlington, Va. Held at the Crystal
City Marriott, the event packed back-to-back sessions into two days.
Thursday's speakers represented primarily government related agencies
and programs. Current president Scott Haddock, says PGC selects
the greater Washington D.C. area to increase access to government
resources, building code officials, architects and specifiers. Haddock
says the event is as much about developing relationships to help
create opportunities within the industry, as as it is about keeping
up with the latest standards and practices.
representative from the New York City Police Department (NYPD) was
on hand to share post September 11th developments presenting protective
glazers with opportunities. Lt. Patrick Devlin says the force's
counterterrorism department has already received significant help
from PGC and from Haddock specifically.
According to Devlin, immediately following September 11th, property
developers and owners began "throwing concrete everywhere," in an
effort to increase blast protection. But Devlin says this knee-jerk-reaction
isn't always a viable solution, because it cuts down on access points
for emergency personnel and regress options for building inhabitants,
potentially increasing the potential for injury or death.
"I feel like I'm trying to tell Derek Jeter how to play short-stop,"
Devlin joked in a thick New York City accent. His enthusiasm for
protective glazing technology follows an increased awareness by
his division, which he says spells opportunity for contractors and
manufacturers, because it is allowing planners much needed alternatives.
He concluded by providing his personal contact information and repeatedly
urging attendees to get in touch with information, advice or questions.
Other speakers included William Veys from the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers and William Holley, chief engineer for the General Services
Administration's Building Security Technology Program. Veys and
Holley shared their departments' specific needs and, similar to
Devlin, explained the role protective glazing plays.
"I'm not offering a great deal of expertise," Holley explained.
"I'm here more to help get your products into U.S. GSA projects."
He assured attendees, for those willing to jump through numerous
hoops of paperwork, great opportunity awaits them.
Haddock shared several recent PGC developments, including a strategic
assessment aimed at increasing the group's focus and the formation
of a technical committee, which he says is long overdue. Overall,
Haddock says he senses a rejuvenated interest in the Council, which
may be attributed to two days packed with business opportunities.
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