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

GLAZIER SPOTLIGHT: CHRIS KUSHNER

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

PROJECT CASE STUDY: BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB

Glass figures prominently into the design of Bristol-Myers Squibb's new Princeton Pike Campus in Lawrence Township, New Jersey. AGI member National Glass & Metal Co., Inc., worked with the architectural team from Gensler and construction team from Torcon to design and install four different glazing systems on a very aggressive schedule.

Click here to read the Project Case Study: Bristol-Myers Squibb.

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DEVIL'S DETAIL 10: STICK-BUILT VS. UNITIZED GLAZING

Delivery method can be a critical factor in project success, impacting schedule and budget. Early discussions about a building’s glazing system should assess whether stick-built or unitized glazing will be more appropriate to meet design intent and project goals. But what’s the difference? Devil's Detail 10 outlines the differences, considerations, and pros and cons of stick-built and unitized glazing systems.

Click here to read Devil's Detail 10.

Click here for past Devil's Detail articles

 

OTHER NEWS

Glass Magazine: January 2017: Learning the Ropes at Architectural Glass Boot Cam

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.


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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