May Brings Solid Jump for Architecture Billings Index

June 29, 2016

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) registered its highest score in nearly a year in May, reflecting improving conditions in the design and construction industries.

According to the American Institute of Architects, the monthly ABI “is a leading indicator for nonresidential construction activity, with a lead time of approximately 9 to 12 months. The Index is derived from AIA’s work-on-the-boards survey, which has gathered data on shifts in billings from architectural firm leaders for over 20 years.”

May’s Index score of 53.1 indicated that billings not only improved in May, for the fourth consecutive month, but that more firms are experiencing this rising tide. According to the AIA release, “Inquiries into new projects were also strong in May and the value of new design contracts continued to increase.”

Firms of all specializations experienced increased billings in May, and conditions improved in all geographical regions, with the exception of what the AIA called “a minute” downturn for firms in the Midwest.

Graham Supports United Way Day of Action

June 27, 2016

When the United Way asks for volunteers, Graham Architectural Products steps forward.
Each year, during the United Way’s Day of Action, Graham sends a team of generous volunteers, each one enabled by supervisors and managers who adjust plans and schedules to accommodate the community’s need.
“And this year was no different,” said Graham Human Resources …

Graham Architectural Products Announces Dramatic Enhancements to Engineering Department

June 21, 2016

As part of a significant commitment to add new engineering resources to our growing business and provide a clear succession plan for our engineering department, Graham Architectural Products announces the addition of Joe Cerminara as vice president of process engineering and Tuan Tran as vice president of design engineering.
Following a transition period to assist in acclimating …

Michigan Central Station Window Installation Completed

June 14, 2016

Although far from fully restored, the Michigan Central Station in Detroit looks better than it has in years with the new Graham Architectural Products windows installed.
Over 1,050 Series 1200 fixed windows with high performance low-e glass now adorn the historic landmark. Closed in from the elements, this important step in the restoration process prevents …

Construction Indicator Nudges Higher In May

June 9, 2016

For the construction industry, the good news keeps coming, as the Dodge Momentum Index rose 2.4 percent in May, riding a bump in activity in the commercial sector.
The Momentum Index is a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which have been shown to lead construction spending for …

New Fixed Window Simulates Appearance of Traditional Hung Window

June 3, 2016

Graham Architectural Products recently unveiled the new S1400H offset fixed window, a fixed window with a historic beveled sash design and offset lites to simulate the appearance of a historic hung window.
While the offset lites provide the appearance of hung window sashes, the window’s historic beveled design further replicates the classic appearance of a …