GPD Plenary Speaker Discusses Architectural Glass Designs and Challenges

Keith Boswell a partner with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in San Francisco, was the plenary speaker on Monday during Glass Processing Days in Tampere, Finland. Boswell focused on several projects in which his firm has been involved in China and California.

He began with the Legend Phase II project in Beijing. The project includes two office towers with a cable wall structure strung between the tower's structural steel walls. Boswell explained the cable wall structure was designed to resemble a swinging bridge in China.

He also said the construction process in China takes place much quicker than it does in the United States.

"One of the interesting things about doing business in China is the rapid speed at which things get built," he said in describing the quick turnaround time of the Legend Phase II project.

He also talked about the importance of having good relationships with the other parties involved in the jobs.

"I can not emphasize enough how important it is as an architect to have a supportive client; a client that challenges your work." He explained that because his clients on this job were so supportive, they, as architects, were able to stay very involved throughout the construction project.

Other jobs he talked about were the Poly Plaza and the Jiano Tower, both in China, and the University of California, Merced and the Cathedral of Christ the Light, which are both in California.

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