Saying goodbye is a hard thing to do. I have had many people in my professional career that I have also had to say goodbye to in one form or another. These people are important to me as they helped shape who I have become in my career. Now more than ever, we should be keeping in touch and reaching out.
Back in February, I wrote a blog post about the value of taking time for strategic check-ins to ensure a leaner, faster and more reliable mindset as we progress through the year. As we come into the last few months of 2021, now is perhaps one of the most important times to take that momentary pitstop and evaluate what we’ve learned and how we can adjust for the year to come.
I’m happy to announce the latest edition of the From the Fabricator podcast is now live! Kicking it off with Tom Jackson of Steel Encounters. The person that he is and work that he and his team does is simply amazing and a nice dive into a culture there that works very well too.
Building material prices are skyrocketing and wreaking havoc on the construction industry. Contractors are paying more and waiting longer, which leads to higher costs and extended schedules for construction projects of all kinds. Now, more than ever, it’s critical to evaluate project systems with an eye on maintaining profitability.
Despite the challenges we are all facing on the business settings, the economic indexes continue to do very well. The last Architectural Billings Index was released while this blog was on holiday, and it is still thriving in positive territory.
The biggest news last week was the acquisition of Global Security Glazing and Dlubak Specialty Glass by Isoclima. This is massive news because it brings one of the best glass players in the world in Isoclima into the United States. Having their expertise matched with the talented and hungry folks at Global and Dlubak really works well for our space, and I am excited for all involved. It is refreshing to see a global player who has not yet made a major mark in North America jump in with both feet, and I think it just strengthens our industry as whole.
Today’s commercial curtain wall, storefront and other fenestration systems can help protect us from extreme temperatures and conserve natural resources. While high-performance glass often is the first component we see, it’s essential to remember the role of the frame itself.
Controversy arose recently around the submitted plans for a largely windowless at UC Santa Barbara, with plans submitted by non-architect and Berkshire Hathaway executive, Charles Munger. Andrew Haring of the National Glass Association reminds readers about the importance of daylighting for occupant comfort.
It’s Top Metal Time again. The forthcoming 2021 Top Metal Companies report features insights from leading glass and metal companies on the market, supply chain and labor challenges, and how to keep going in a turbulent economic and manufacturing landscape. In advance of the full feature, dropping later this month, find a few takeaways from the report.