The Architectural Glass Institute (AGI) was created to provide a forum for sharing the collective expertise of our glazier employers of the Philadelphia tri-state region and The Finishing Trades Institute.
Offering consultative insight combined with flawless installation, AGI's specialized work teams ensure your project meets our elevated standards. And yours. Committed to ongoing education, you get more than execution from AGI. You get innovation @ work.
The Architectural Glass Institute serves the construction industry as a forward looking organization dedicated to improving the knowledge and use of the latest advances in architectural glass and metal construction.
The Architectural Glass Institute serves the construction industry by providing a wide range of the highest quality contractors combined with a large professional workforce and supports the market with one source for technical, educational, training, safety data and expertise.
Social media plays an increasingly important role as information sources for the design and construction community. AGI’s social media wall is a live feed of all social media posts covering everything from information specific to AGI programs, completed projects as well as relevant glazing industry news. Get social and follow AGI!
With over 22 years as a member of Local 252, Jimmy Blocker has had wide exposure to the glazing trade. He currently works for R.A. Kennedy & Sons, Inc. and is a 1998 Apprentice of the Year and 2011 Glazier of the Year. Get to know Jimmy and learn why the apprentices and FTI staff call him "Gentleman Jim.” .
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Two gracefully arcing glass pavilions frame the Market Street portal of Philadelphia City Hall, providing a highly visible and accessible transit gateway for over 300,000 daily commuters. APG International of Glassboro, N.J., performed the glass scope of work, which involved 5,000 square feet of ultra-clear laminated structural glass in a complex assembly with no visible metal.
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The growing popularity of interior glass - and tax implications of demountable partitions - have dramatically increased the use of glazing in commercial interiors. Learn the basics of demountable interior glass, from system and glass types to door styles, hardware options, and acoustic properties.
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Don’t miss the first of our Fall 2016 Boot Camp Programs - Dynamic Glazing
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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