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architectural glassACE Mentor Program Scholarship Breakfast

ACE Mentor Program Scholarship Breakfast:

April 15-18, 2017 | 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:

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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.

architectural glass2017 AGMA Annual Labor/Management Conference
2017 AGMA Annual Labor/Management Conference

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

AGMA and AGI member contractors came together with their glazing labor partners for education and networking last week at the 2017 AGMA Annual Labor/Management Conference. The conference was held at Opal Sands Resort in Clearwater, Florida.

Contractors enjoyed professional education sessions on law and insurance presented by Cohen Seglias Pallas Greehall & Furman, PC, and Ashmead Insurance. The educational opportunities available to all participants included a Wiss Janney Elstner description of building enclosure conditions, J.E. Berkowitz explanation of new offerings, an FTI overview of iTunes University, and an AGI program update.

AGI hosted a Friday night dinner where peers from AGMA and labor partners at Glaziers Local 252 recognized Rein Clabbers of AllGlass Systems, Inc. for his long-term industry service.

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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.

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.

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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.

architectural glass 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.

architectural glass 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.

architectural glass 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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