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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.

About the AGI

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.
The AGI's vision

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.
The AGI's mission

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


Spotlight Glazier
Aside from his time in the Marine Corps, Chris Kushner loves glazing more than any other job. Since 2004, he has worked as a glazier in the field and in the shop. Today, he's a shop foreman for R.A. Kennedy & Sons and an instructor for FTI. Read about Kush's coaching mindset and how he's taken advantage of continuing education opportunities.

Click here to read the Glazier Spotlight on Chris Kushner.

Click here for past spotlight articles


Glazing Case Studies

Kennedy Health has maintained Cherry Hill, N.J.’s only hospital since 1961. Today, the campus is undergoing a massive $250 million update, including a new 102,000-sf outpatient medical office building with a dramatically glazed connector atrium linking the existing hospital with the new structure. Guthrie Glass & Mirror, Inc., of Egg Harbor Township, N.J., executed a complicated glazing solution that features five different types of curtain wall.

Click here to read about this Project Case Study.

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Glazing Devil's Detail

Glazing products and assemblies are being used more extensively and creatively throughout the world. To meet the growing demand and associated challenges of glass work, glazing contractors and installers must consider a myriad of factors as they prepare for and approach each project. Devil's Detail 11 describes issues related to elevated work, fall protection, and other hazards and the considerations to ensure success in safety.

Click here to read Devil's Detail 11.

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AIA-BEC Presentation: Register for FREE Online

March 21 | 12:00 pm | Center for Architecture + Design

AGI will sponsor the next AIA and Building Enclosure Council presentation: Fly-Bys: Detailing of Extended Planar Elements in Curtain Wall. David Altenhofen, AIA, of The Facade Group, will present the enclosure issues associated with extensions on curtainwall systems.

FREE to attend.

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ACE Mentor Program GIANT JENGA:

AGI sponsored Team Glass Gals in the March 2 Giant Jenga tournament to benefit ACE Mentor Program of Eastern Pennsylvania. Stephanie Staub of AGI, Kristie Bergey of the Center for Architecture, Amanda Weko of AGW Communications, and Amanda's daughter Elliotte (a late stand-in for AGMA's Lisa Godlewski) made it to Round 3. Even better - the event raised $9,500 for ACE alumni scholarships. Read the Recap

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AGI Member Graboyes Commercial Window Company Announces New Owner:

In February, Graboyes Commercial Window Company announced Ellis Guiles, PE, LEED AP, (pictured) had assumed the role of owner and president. Guiles and his investment partners acquired the company from previous owners Tricia Scott, John Scott, and company founder Terry Graboyes. The new entity is in the process of registering as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE). Read the Graboyes News Release

AGI member contractor Glass Magazine Assistant Editor Norah Dick attended the recent Boot Camp presented by AGI and C.R. Laurence. She enjoyed the experience so much, she featured it on the magazine's blog. Check out the positive press.


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!

AIA Philadelphia's Context: Winter 2017:

Read the article online here: Reconstructing the Center for Architecture and Design

Read how AGI partnered with the Center on design and installation of glazing systems and the seven AGI member firms who participated on the project and overcame challenges within the space.

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.

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