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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.


Bo Ostrowski

Glazier Spotlight:
Bo Ostrowski

For third-generation glazier Bo Ostrowski, glazing was a natural career path. With 17 years of experience, Bo works as Shop Foreman and Steward for Allglass Systems, LLC, in Penndel, Pa. Find out why his friends call him MacGyver, what school subject he uses every day (with pop quizzes for apprentices), and the outdoor pursuits that keep him balances.

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Yards Brewery & Taproom

Project Case Study:
Yards Brewery & Taproom

Started in a garage in Manayunk in 1994, Yards Brewing Company has grown to become Philadelphia's largest craft brewery. In November 2017, Yards debuted its new 70,000-square-foot brewery and 300-seat taproom in Northern Liberties. The design intent to immerse customers in the brewing process required both a significant amount of glass and a sensitivity to sound transmission. Philadelphia-based architecture firm DIGSAU and AGI glazing contractor Twindows, Inc. brought the vision to reality.

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AIR BARRIERS

Devil's Detail 16:
AIR BARRIERS

An effective air barrier supports a building's long-term durability and energy efficiency. Air barriers reduce building enclosure moisture problems, improve indoor air quality, reduce building heating and cooling costs, and support sustainable, durable buildings. The latest Devil's Detail describes air barriers, components, and assemblies; and related controls, testing, and critical connections to glazing elements.

Click here to read Devil's Detail 16.

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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.

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NEWS & EVENTS

 

Architectural Glass Student Design Competition 2018
AGI sponsored its Second Annual Architectural Glass Student Design Competition in January. Third-year Jefferson University architecture students participated as part of required coursework. Students submitted proposals for new collaborative learning spaces in Gutman Library. Design of these learning pods is at the intersection of architecture and interior design. Competitors were challenged to explore the qualities of glass, from color, translucency, fritting, and films, to new technologies such as photochromic glass. On Friday, 26 January, a jury evaluated the proposals and awarded four winners. The jury included Joseph Bausano of Foster + Partners, Terry Webb of Eureka Metal & Glass Services, Ron Kudla of Advanced Metal & Glass, and Matt Cleary of SageGlass.

"What was shown by the students was exceptional based on only two weeks to produce," said Bausano. "I think the body of work was very attractive in terms of graphic representation. My hat's off to the students and professors who assisted."

Click on the images below to view the winning entries:
Architectural Glass Student Design Competition 2018
Architectural Glass Student Design Competition 2018
Architectural Glass Student Design Competition 2018
Architectural Glass Student Design Competition 2018

AGI News:
USGlass Magazine features the MERGE project

USGlass Magazine highlighted the MERGE project in a February article. "Architecture Students and Apprentice Glaziers Partner in MERGE Program" highlighted the hands-on design-build project, elevating the collaboration between AGI, FTI, and Jefferson University to the national stage. Read the article


BEC Presents:
Durability of Fluid-Applied Air Barriers | February 20 | 12-1 pm

The Building Enclosure Council will host Laura Bashaw presenting on SGH's experience with fluid-applied air barrier membranes. The lunchtime session will be held at the Center for Architecture (1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia). Register online.


Industry News:
Glazier Certification One Step Closer to Reality

US Glass Magazine outlines progress toward the Architectural Glass and Metal Technician (AGMT) Certification Program. Read the article.


Industry News:
AIA Consensus Forecast: 4.0% growth for nonresidential construction

According to Building Design + Construction, the commercial office and retail sectors will lead the way in 2018, with a strong bounce back for education and healthcare. Read the article.


Industry News:
AIA Consensus Forecast: 4.0% growth for nonresidential construction

According to Building Design + Construction, the commercial office and retail sectors will lead the way in 2018, with a strong bounce back for education and healthcare. Read the article.


Industry News:
Designing Translucent Facades with Glass

The Construction Specifier magazine's February issue is full of information on open, ventilated glass facades, verifying details in curtain wall construction, and the growing unitized movement. Read the article.


Member News:
Graboyes Commercial hires Lou Filippone

Graboyes Commercial Window Company and Graboyes Smart Buildings announced January 17 the hiring of Lou Filippone as Business Development Manager. He will work with building owners, architects, and engineers to support and assist them in creating and maintaining high performance buildings through the commercial window, architectural glazing, and smart building services provided by Graboyes. Read the news release.


Industry News: Door and Window Market Magazine
Harvard Study: U.S. Has Potential to Triple Apprenticeships

Researches from the Harvard Business School and Burning Glass Technologies identified what makes apprenticeship programs work and how they can be implemented across other sectors. Click to read more.


BEST5 Conference | April 15-18, 2018:

Mark your calendars for the industry-leading event where SCIENCEmeetsDESIGN. Click to learn more.

BEST5 Conference

AGMT Certification Video:

In September, the Physical Test Steering Committee met to begin developing conceptual test rigs for the physical test element of the AGMT Certification exam. A video crew from the Finishing Trades Institute recorded portions of the event and conducted interviews with committee members. CLICK HERE to watch the insightful video that highlights the premise behind the program and provides a comprehensive overview of its structure and goals.


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