Glazing Discussions Take Place During Fall Conference
|Paul Whitaker, AIA with Rosser
International explained the differences between detention glazing
and other types of protective glazing.
The Glass Association of North America's (GANA) Fall Conference
yesterday was packed with meetings and participants, beginning at
7 a.m. and going until after 6 p.m.The protective glazing committee
and the mirror division were the last meetings of the day, and were
both well attended.
The protective glazing committee discussed a number of glass informational
bulletins that are in progress. The first bulletin, on bullet-resistant
glazing, was published in July and has already been downloaded numerous
times from the GANA website. The group is now working on documents
about blast-resistant glazing and detention glazing.
In addition, the committee has a running "wish list" of future
projects and goals. Some future projects may include the development
of an AIA-accredited presentation; a glass informational bulletin
on earthquake glazing; working with researchers and universities
on topics such as hailstorms, tornadoes, etc.; and how hospital
designs are changing with protective glazing.
Also during the protective glazing committee, Paul Whitaker, AIA
with Rosser International Inc. gave a presentation titled "Issues
in Security Glazing for Justice Architecture." He explained that
"justice architecture" refers to jails, prisons and other detention
Whitaker talked about how detention glazing is different from other
types of protective glazing. One of the biggest differences, he
said, is the type of assault tools against which they are designing
"Our primary threat is typically something improvised … [prisoners]
may pry apart a table or stool-things that are not very sophisticated."
Different types of glazing, testing and compatibility were also
covered during the presentation.
The GANA mirror division meeting also met during yesterday's meeting.
Members of the group's promotions committee discussed the design
awards. In years past the awards have been exclusive to the mirror
division, but this year the awards are open to all divisions. The
decorative, tempering and laminating divisions are participating,
in addition to the mirror group. Tim Crawford, division chair with
Donisi Mirror encouraged everyone to participate.
"It really helps get the use of mirror out there," said Crawford.
During the technical committee meeting the group discussed revisions
and updates that are in the works for a number of documents, including
ASTM C1503-01, Standard Specification for Silvered Flat Glass Mirror.
The standard was published in 2001 and since ASTM requires all documents
to be reviewed and/or updated after five years a task group has
been working on this effort. The group has been working to keep
the updates consistent with ASTM C 1036, Standard Specification
for Flat Glass.
In other mirror division news, a glass informational bulletin on
proper fabrication of flat glass mirrors is being sent out for balloting.
A task group was also formed to work on a bulletin that will focus
The mirror division decided to change its membership criteria so
that only silverers will be full members; others will be associate
GANA's Fall Conference runs through today, concluding with meetings
of the insulating and decorative divisions.
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