Glass Magazine Awards Presents: Innovation in Crisis
Glass Magazine recognizes the innovation and determination of companies during the COVID-19 pandemic.
June 19, 2020
In the face of COVID-19 pandemic, leading glass and glazing companies quickly pivoted to produce solutions for safer and healthier workspaces; they developed products for front-line healthcare workers; and they adjusted jobsite, plant and office practices to protect workers. Companies showed why the glass industry is essential in crisis.
Additionally, the pandemic shed light on the importance of glass and glazing products in health care environments. During COVID-19, glass provided a connection point for isolated patients in ICUs and care facilities, while also helping to mitigate the spread of the virus.
In an effort to recognize the extraordinary innovation among companies during the pandemic, and to highlight the importance of glass in healthcare construction, Glass Magazine will use its annual awards issue to present the special program, Glass Magazine Awards Present: Innovation in Crisis.
Companies are invited to submit entries in the following categories that highlight the industry’s role in responding to COVID-19 through essential products and projects. A team of judges from Glass Magazine and the National Glass Association will identify stand-out entries that demonstrate Innovation in Crisis.
Product Innovations for Frontline Workers
This category showcases products that help frontline health care and hospital workers do their jobs safely during the pandemic.
Product Innovations for Safer Spaces
Numerous glass companies pivoted their work to provide glass barriers, shields and more to protect building occupants in non-health care environments. From glass barriers in retail applications to glass partitions that separate work areas in an office environment, glass companies are supplying products that will allow more people to get back to work safely.
Health Care Project
Glass saves lives in hospitals and health care facilities, providing patients much-needed access to natural daylighting and views. The coronavirus has put the spotlight on these projects. This category highlights innovative glass and glazing applications in hospitals and health care facilities.
COVID-19 requires a reimagining of existing spaces, from retail locations to offices to multifamily residential spaces. Glass companies immediately stepped up to provide everything from new glass partitions, demountable walls, hands-free hardware solutions and more. This category recognizes innovative renovations that provide safer environments for building occupants.
This category showcases project collaborations that went above and beyond, especially considering the safety limitations that COVID-19 placed on daily work. This is for teams that used ingenuity to complete projects, against major deadlines and supply disruptions.
Best Marketing/Communications Campaign
Communicating with customers is more important now than ever. This category highlights the work of sales and marketing teams in the face of the pandemic—from launching new products in response to COVID, to introducing virtual sales and consulting, to communicating operations status to customers. Tell us about your notable communication campaigns.
Investing in Employees
Employees are the backbone of the industry. Describe the ways that your company had to pivot during the COVID-19 pandemic to invest in employees, whether it be ensuring worker safety (securing PPE, implementing different shifts, creating a work-remote setup for employees) or changing company pay scales to allow for fewer layoffs/terminations.
COVID-19 has accelerated the move to digitize the glass industry—from the factory to the field. This category showcases tech innovations that allow for a flexible, hands-free communication and operations.