The Architectural Glass Institute

The Architectural Glass Institute (AGI) was created to provide a forum for sharing the collective expertise of our glazier employers of the Philadelphia tri-state region and The Finishing Trades Institute.

Who We Are

Offering consultative insight combined with flawless installation, AGI's specialized work teams ensure your project meets our elevated standards. And yours. Committed to ongoing education, you get more than execution from AGI. You get innovation @ work.

Our Vision

The Architectural Glass Institute serves the construction industry as a forward looking organization dedicated to improving the knowledge and use of the latest advances in architectural glass and metal construction.

Our Mission

The Architectural Glass Institute serves the construction industry by providing a wide range of the highest quality contractors combined with a large professional workforce and supports the market with one source for technical, educational, training, safety data and expertise.

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Social media plays an increasingly important role as information sources for the design and construction community. AGI’s social media wall is a live feed of all social media posts covering everything from information specific to AGI programs, completed projects as well as relevant glazing industry news. Get social and follow AGI!


News & Events


W&W Glass foreman, FTI instructor, and 2003 Leadership Award winner, Roberto Rios, Jr. is a family man and natural leader. He began his glazing career just 10 days after high school graduation and built two decades of experience. Read about Roberto's dedication to craftsmanship and why he thinks the media sometimes misses the heart of the union.

Click here to read the spotlight on Roberto Rios, Jr.

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The University of Pennsylvania's award-winning new Pennovation Center brings researchers and entrepreneurs together in a 58,000-sf former industrial facility that now contains offices, laboratories, production space, and collaboration facilities. The building's dramatic angular glazing features were made possible by collaboration among a design team including Hollwich Kushner and KSS Architects and AGI member Glazing Concepts, LLC.

Click here to read the Pennovation Center Case Study.

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Minor edge damage during glass handling, a scratch or nick during installation, a design flaw, or a natural imperfection in the glass could all result in spontaneous breakage - the seemingly unprompted shattering of glass. For design and construction professionals, understanding how and why glass breaks can be key to prevention.

Click here to Learn about the types of breakage and best practices for prevention in the latest Devil's Detail.

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Paul Rabinowitz Glass Co. Inc. earns NACC Certification

AGI member contractor Paul Rabinowitz Glass Co. Inc. has earned the North American Contractor Certification (NACC). The award recognizes contractors who demonstrate consistency, quality, and safety excellence. President of Paul Rabinowitz Glass Mark Rabinowitz said, "Attaining this certification took time and hard work, but showed that being an industry leader is ongoing." Congratulations!

ATTEND OUR NOVEMBER PROGRAM Don’t miss the November installment of our Fall 2016 Boot Camp - Enclosure Testing
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The hands-on activity will include the testing of stick built curtainwall for the detection of water infiltration and the steps to successfully trace and remediate failures. AIA/CES registered program for 3 HSW learning units Jennifer Keegan, Regional Manager of Building Sciences at Intertek, will explain the connection between a functional building enclosure and occupant health and safety and how to enhance the performance of your next project. Understand and apply building enclosure-related performance verification testing from lab to field. Discuss challenges, review tips for addressing conditions that are difficult to detail, and learn strategies for successful testing. The group will discuss how our changing environments and construction practices dictate modifications to traditional building enclosure quality assurance and will explore how building enclosure commissioning can help you right-size mechanical equipment, by understanding what quantifiable results are achievable in today’s buildings.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
5:00 – 8:30 pm (5:00 – 5:30 registration and light dinner)

Boot Camp takes place at the
Finishing Trades Institute
2190 Hornig Road | Philadelphia, PA 19116


Meet Tanvi Harkare Tanvi Harkare is a senior at Methacton High School where she participates in the ACE Mentor Program. After graduation, she plans to study architecture at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa. Tanvi was the recipient of a $5,000 scholarship presented by ACE Eastern Pennsylvania on behalf of AGI. Read more about Tanvi here.

Graboyes Commercial Windows Ranks #43 on Glass Magazine's Top 50 Glaziers List According to Glass Magazine, "U.S. glazing companies grow, while managing backlogs and a continuing labor shortage... Seventy-seven percent of Top 50 Glaziers reported an increase in year-over-year sales in 2015, marking the fourth consecutive year that more than two-thirds of Top 50 Glaziers reported gains." AGI member Graboyes Commercial Windows ranked #43 on the 2016 list. Read the article online here.

More Windows May Optimize Employee Health According to US Glass Magazine, compliance with the WELL Building Standard® includes requirements for window performance and lighting control. Read the article online here.

Changing Skyline: You won't recognize this block of Chestnut Street
Philadelphia Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron writes positively about the transformation of the 1100 block of Chestnut Street. AGI member GMI Contractors, Inc. did the glazing work on the project. Read the article online here.

GlassCon Global 2016
Weren't able to attend GlassCon Global last weekend in Boston? USGlass Magazine and USGlass News Network has a full conference roundup of articles and video clips. CLICK HERE to check it out.

Congratulations Finishing Trades Institute - ACE Mentor Program Organization of the Year
It was the biggest turnout in ACE Eastern Pennsylvania history - 460 members of the design and construction community attended the annual Scholarship Breakfast and Awards Program at which FTI was honored as Organization of the Year. Thank you to all of the AGI members who were there to offer support and congratulations.
Pictured are Jim Doerfler of Philadelphia University, Mike Shurr of FTI, and Mark Celoni of Pennoni (ACE Breakfast Chair). Photo courtesy Brian Lauer | Studio BML.
CLICK HERE to read more about the event.

AGI Case Study Leads to Cover & Feature Story in USGlass Magazine for Eureka Metal & Glass Services, Inc.
"A unique Philadelphia installation sets the stage for future projects."
When USGlass Magazine editors read the recent AGI Case Study about the Cheesecake Factory project and its innovative glazing, they wanted to share the story with their readers.
CLICK HERE to read the full article.

Glazing Industry Stresses Importance of Safety - USGlass News Network
"The risks involved with handling glass and curtainwall while working at various elevations requires very specific safety awareness, procedures and worker training."
Read how the NACC program impacts safety in the industry - and for AGI members.
CLICK HERE to read the article.

North American Contractor Certification Program

Synergy Glass and Door, a Philadelphia-based contractor, has earned the North American Contractor Certification (NACC) for Architectural Glass and Metal contractors. The NACC certification is awarded to those contractors who demonstrate consistency, quality, and safety excellence.
Read the full news release HERE.

NACC Aims for Easier Understanding of Glazier Certification - US Glass Magazine
Check out our AGI Contractor Profiles to read about those who've earned the NACC certification.

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