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Brightling illuminates advances in architectural hardware


October 18, 2012
By Patrick Flannery

brightling_smallOct. 18, 2012 – Stella Glass Hardware architectural liason, Richard Brightling, shone some light on advances in point-supported glass construction for a group of about 60 specifiers, building engineers and architects at the Toronto Construction Specifications Canada meeting Oct. 2. Brightling gave a talk on different spandrel designs and discussed a number of innovative projects at the dinner meeting at the Toronto Cricket and Curling Club.

Oct. 18, 2012 – Stella Custom Glass Hardware architectural liason, Richard
Brightling, shone some light on advances in point-supported glass construction
for a group of about 60 specifiers, building engineers and architects
at the Toronto Construction Specifications Canada meeting Oct. 2.
Brightling gave a talk on different spandrel designs and discussed a
number of innovative projects at the dinner meeting at the Toronto
Cricket and Curling Club.

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Brightling said Toronto is a great market for glass construction.

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Brightling brought several examples of Stella's custom hardware for attendees to inspect, including spiders with articulating heads, adjustable dock-and-pins and "butterfly" spiders that support glass on its edge. He presented slides and photos illustrating five ways of constructing a glass wall with detailed discussion of how each is executed. Brightling also discussed his theory of Return On Design, where investment in architectural innovation can be valued in terms of increased lease income, neighbourhood desirability and property value. Point-supported construction can, he said, generate a "wow" factor on a building facade that cannot be achieved with curtain walls. For proof, he showed such examples as the Millennium Canopy in Edmonton, a backlit ceiling at the Erikson headquarters, an impossible-looking glass staircase at the Hamilton airport, the Olympic skating oval in Richmond, B.C., a new Edmonton health clinic and the Sparkling Hill resort.

Sponsors for the event were Alumicor, 3M Canada, Thames Valley Brick and Tile and Exterior Technologies Group.

Related links
www.toronto.csc-dcc.ca
www.stellaglasshardware.com


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