Glass Shortage Having an Impact on Construction

September 25, 2015

The increasingly frequent online references – “capacity constraints” … “pinch in supply” … “not enough to go around” – all refer to the same thing: the glass shortage that is throwing wrenches into construction plans and supplier intentions nationwide.

The shortage is the result of two key factors.

As Graham Architectural Products’ Director of Marketing and Project Management Jim Eisenbeis told US Glass Magazine in a September, 2015, article, the non-residential construction market “has really heated up.”

Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Bellini told Here and Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti, “Demand is soaring but glass manufacturers and the fabricators, they just simply can’t keep up. That’s because many glass makers mothballed their operations between 2008 and 2009 during the recession when building and construction really, really dampered down. There just wasn’t much need of glass, so they shut down these factories. And starting them back up again is really expensive and takes a really long time.”

So even though, according to the U.S. Commerce Department, construction spending is at its highest level in more than seven years, more and more projects are being delayed by the glass producers’ inability to keep pace.

While there isn’t a whole lot that can be done, Eisenbeis told US Glass that Graham is keeping relationships strong by maintaining good lines of communication with its customers and trying to clearly and responsibly manage expectations.

Graham Partners in Award-Winning Project

September 22, 2015

Once again, Graham Architectural Products (GAP) is a proud partner in an award-winning project.
The new Virgin Hotel Chicago, a renovation of the Old Dearborn Bank Building, 203 North Wabash, was recognized for rehabilitation and adaptive reuse by the Chicago Landmark Awards for Preservation Excellence.  The awards, now in their sixteenth year, are given by …

Graham Completes Tall Order for the Cigar Factory

September 11, 2015

Graham Architectural Products (GAP) recently wrapped up its part in the historic renovation of an iconic building in Charleston, SC.  About 70 percent of the building is currently leased and tenants are moving in quickly.
It was built in 1881 as a cotton mill. But in the early 1900s the five-story, 244,000-square-foot structure on the …

Data Bodes Well for Construction Spending into 2016

September 10, 2015

A strong August increase in the Dodge Momentum Index “bodes well for construction spending through the first half of 2016,” according to information recently released by Dodge Data & Analytics.
The Momentum Index is a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential building projects in planning. These reports have been shown to …

AAMA Clarifies Condensation Ratings Systems

September 3, 2015

To help reduce confusion in the marketplace, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has compiled a single reference source for understanding and comparing the three commonly used systems for rating fenestration systems for condensation resistance.
According to an AAMA spokesman, window condensation ratings alone can be difficult to understand. The everyday use of three different …