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In the 1800s, steel revolutionized the way buildings were designed and constructed. Its strength and ability to be fashioned into various forms enabled a greater range of construction designs than previously possible, from long-span bridges to an entirely new type of building called the skyscraper.
The design, engineering, manufacturing and installation of glazed curtainwall systems encompass a wide variety of disciplines, professionals, contractors and vendors.
Installing sophisticated foreign-made machinery offers more production capabilities along with a host of technical and regulatory challenges.
A story about a purchase and shipping scam in Alberta, published in the April 2007 issue of Glass Canada, seems to be widespread. Two readers in Ontario contacted editor, Chris Skalkos to report that they too were targetted by a glass scammer with a similar method of operation.
European Scence: *John Roper is editor for The Installer, The Fabricator, The Conservatory Installer and Glass Works magazines published in the UK. His comments reflect opinions from the UK and may not be applicable in Canada.
Grey coloured glass and a unitized curtainwall system with a unique anchoring system for sunshades gives the headquarters for Loblaw Companies Limited in Brampton, Ontario, a bold visual statement in a highly visible location.
Digital short-run glass decoration gives glaziers more control and competitive pricing.
Brooke Brehaut and Blair MacDonald are the good guys behind Good Guys Auto Glass in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
Project evaluates the effectiveness of window-wall interface in managing rainwater.
European Scene: Window fabricators have incredible survivor record.
Tourists visiting the Calgary Tower in Calgary, Alberta, will be able to virtually step on thin air when standing on the new glass floor of the tower’s observation deck.
A relatively small Canadian airport has made a huge leap in the use of the latest European building materials and glass structures.
The Insulating Glass Manufacturers’ Alliance (IGMA) has made some important changes to its organization to further its strategic direction. Margaret Webb and Allison Beck have been appointed employees of IGMA, dedicated solely to IGMA’s management. IGMA is ending its relationship with the Canadian Lumbermen’s Association.
European Scene: How do you feel about glass exhibitions? Personally, I hate them but it is part of the job to go along and pretend I don’t. Actually, I wonder if we really need them anymore.
Alberta Glass in Calgary, Alberta, has won the prestigious ‘Employer of the Year Award’ from the Alberta Learning Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board. This award recognizes excellence in training apprentices and demonstrated support for the apprenticeship and industry training system.

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