Custom-designed sloped glazing and skylights have long brought a distinctive architectural statement to atriums and other features of commercial buildings. While the framing is essential for supporting the structure and resisting environmental loads, the selection and specification of the overhead glass is of the greatest importance due to the hazards posed by potential breakage. The glazing and fenestration industry has developed a guide to assist designers and specifiers prioritize and apply the variables to meet applicable code provisions, minimize breakage, and maximize performance.
A major renovation campaign for the historic Chicago Union Station has culminated with the restoration of the Great Hall. This $22-million project, which took more than three years to complete, is the latest in a series of major redesign and restoration projects that started in 2010.
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) jointly released online resources providing a general overview of the standards, specifications, and test methods used in the window, door, and skylight industry related to glass and glazing systems.