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USGNN Original StoryProtective Glazing Council Symposium Approaches

The Protective Glazing Council (PGC) will be holding its annual symposium November 28-29 at the Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Va. The registration deadline for the event is quickly approaching.

Scott Haddock, president of PGC, says that the upcoming symposium will provide a platform for new directions for the council.

"One of the main things we can look forward is we're going to have an opportunity to talk about the different directions PGC is going to be taking on," says Haddock. "We're going to be getting more heavily into the technical side of things. We're in the process of putting a tech committee together to address a number of issues in the PGC industry."

The council is also working on an outreach program to work more closely with other industry organizations.

In addition to networking opportunities and a small exhibit area - featuring fabricators, consultants, testing facilities and more - the symposium will feature a number of programs on the latest information for security and safety glazing.

Hurricane glazing will be an important topic at the event. David Hattis of Building Technology will address hurricane and windstorm building technology. Jeffrey Gould of Factory Mutual Insurance will offer insight into the insurance industry's view of hurricane glazing. Jaime Gascon of the Miami-Dade County Building Code Compliance Department will present a review of the 2007 hurricane code cycle.

New trends in protective glazing will also be discussed. Dr. Tara Hutchinson of the University of Southern California at San Diego will share the latest research on protective glazing in seismic events.

Several speakers from outside of the glass industry will offer their unique perspectives on security. A presentation by Lt. Patrick Devlin of the NYPD's counterterrorism division will focus on "Threat and Risk Assessment." William Holley, chief engineer of the General Services Administration (GSA), will update listeners on GSA's building security technology programs.

Ed Conrath of U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers will provide a United Facilities Criteria update. "He will be discussing the new model for the United Facilities Criteria for the Department of Defense (DOD), which is going to be pretty important because they've made a couple of changes within that criteria," Haddock says. "He's going to have an opportunity to clarify some [of the criteria]. That's going to have a pretty big impact on all DOD not only owned but rented, leased facilities as well."

Registration forms for the event must be submitted by Monday, October 22. October 22 is also the cut-off date for the hotel.

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