The Architectural Glass Institute

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

The AGI is your source for professional contractors, resources, and continuing education for all interior and exterior glass applications.


JOE VALECCE

Glazier Spotlight:
Joe Valecce

Joe Valecce is a steward for Harmon, Inc., the Minnesota-based national curtainwall company responsible for West Philadelphia’s FMC Tower. Joe was the first glazier on the job in June 2015 and he’s remained on site ever since, overseeing the glazing and coordinating with a composite crew of glaziers and ironworkers. Read about Joe, his union and community leadership, and the lasting friendships and he's made as a glazier.

Click here to read the Spotlight on Joe Valecce.

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Glazing Case Studies

Project Case Study:
Kennedy Health Cherry Hill

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.

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Glazing Devil's Detail

Devil's Detail 14:
Laminated Glass Interlayers

Requirements in the 2015 International Building Code shifted to laminated glass for safety, and this change prompted important installation questions. Devil's Detail 14 describes laminated glass benefits and quality indicators, stiff interlayers and open edge durability, sealants and systems, top rail elimination, and windborne debris region requirements. Kuraray America, Inc., provided information for this Devil’s Detail. Trosifol® - part of the Kuraray Group - is a leading global producer of PVB and ionoplast interlayers for laminated safety glass applications in the architectural, automotive and photovoltaic industries.

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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.

Get Social!

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

 

NACC
NACC Technical Forum Webinar:

June 28 | 2:00-3:00 pm | FREE and open to all | AIA/CES 1 HSW contact hour


Calling all architects and glazing professionals!

The NACC initiative and certification program raises the bar through high quality standards. NACC's first industry webinar will support awareness and knowledge of the initiative and its benefits. A 30-minute presentation of an installation project case study will offer three points of view: glazing contractor Terry Webb of Eureka Metal & Glass Services, Inc.; consultant Mark Coulis of Wheaton and Sprague; and quality manager Terry Schaefer of AMS, Inc. Open audience questions, answers, and discussion will follow. Click to learn more.


BEST5 Conference
 

BEST5 Conference:

April 15-18, 2018 | Philadelphia

Don't miss an opportunity to network with the leading minds in building enclosure science, technology, and practice. Better yet - present your glazing expertise in an educational program. Click to read the Program Call for Abstracts: Submissions due June 15


architectural glassACE Mentor Program Scholarship Breakfast

ACE Mentor Program Scholarship Breakfast:

April 15-18, 2018 | Philadelphia

Thank you to all those who supported the ACE Mentor Program 2017 Scholarship Breakfast. ACE awarded $60,000 in scholarships to 13 students. Honorees included: Jane Golden, Executive Director of Mural Arts Philadelphia, ACE Person of the Year Award; Swarthmore Town Center West, ACE Suburban Project of the Year; and Museum of the American Revolution, ACE Urban Project of the Year. Mentors, sponsors, and attendees represented 100+ companies in the region's design and construction community. Pictured are AGI Marketing Director Stephanie Staub (left) and AGMA Executive Director Lisa Godlewski (right). To learn more about ACE, visit: www.acementorepa.online


architectural glassACE Mentor Program Scholarship Breakfast

ACE Mentor Program Students Gained Hands-On Experience at FTI:

On May 3, a team of ACE Mentor Program students from Mastery Charter High School visited FTI and participated in the hands-on Storefront Systems course. University of Pennsylvania Project Manager and ACE Mentor Rafael de Luna III, MSCM, LEED AP O+M, CFM, CEFP, spoke enthusiastically about the experience. "You have an awesome team of instructors and a really cool training facility! I was so excited to be there, I felt like enrolling in your program." FTI Apprentice Coordinator Joe McGee and instructor Steve Metzger pictured below with students.


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