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JAJ Construction Masters Replacement of 13 foot x 6 foot windows. SPECIAL TO DOOR AND WINDOW BUSINESS- June 1, 2015 developers and financing partners joined Newark, New Jersey city officials to break ground on the $174 million restoration of the Hahne & Co. building – longtime historic landmark on Broad Street, NEWARK, NJ but years neglected. The project calls for rehabilitating and converting the Hahne’s department store into 160 mixed-income housing units, 75,000 square feet of street-level retail space and a new arts and cultural center for Rutgers University. The retail portion includes a 30,000- square-foot Whole Foods, a high-profile tenant that’s expected to bring new traffic to Broad Street. For Newark, the project will reactivate one of its most iconic structures as part of a surge in development around it. The development team is preserving key elements of the four-story, 400,000-square-foot building, including the façade, the original signage and the skylight. As a national historic landmark, the building falls under the authority of the National Parks Service, and the sight lines of the new windows needed to match the existing windows within 1⁄4 inch.The project is the result of an unusual collaboration by a long list of partners, including L+M Development Partners, a development company that specializes in mixed-income housing and community improvement projects; Prudential Insurance Co., one of downtown Newark's biggest corporate cheerleaders; Rutgers University; financial institutions Goldman Sachs & Co. and Citigroup; and a number of municipal and state agencies. Turner Construction Company is the General Contractor. Whole Foods' commitment to open a store on the site also played a key role in getting bank and governmental backing for the $174 million project. The project also received up to $40 million in residential and commercial tax credits from the state Economic Development Authority.The project itself isn’t the only thing that’s “big”. The windows themselves are massive: 13 feet tall and 6 feet wide and weighing in at over 600 pounds. Because the building is categorized as an historical landmark, windows had to be found that matched the original architectural look of the old wood windows but be modern enough to offer the energy efficiency that a building like this now requires. Stu Erling, president of JAJ Construction, the company awarded the contract to handle the removal and replacement of all the windows in the complex, as well as installing the new windows being included in the newer parts of the project, needed to find the right manufacturer for these custom. The project decided on working with Universal Window and Door at 303 Mechanic St, Marlborough, MA 01752. Universal has long prided themselves on the design and manufacture of customized windows that restore the original splendor of historic buildings while combining modern energy efficiency technology. (http://www.universalwindow.com/)The windows that were chosen were made special for the project out of aluminum with insulating glass, and are placed into a special panning system attached to the old openings, careful to maintain the old look, but using modern materials from Hanno in…
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Australian Window Association news
Australian Window Association news. On behalf of the AWA and its members, and in support of our primary customer base, I attended a gathering at the National Press Club in Canberra in May to mark the release of the housing industry’s 2013 federal election policy document, Housing Australians.The platform is simply 50 actions that, if implemented, will reinvigorate the Australian residential building industry and address the housing affordability challenge facing the nation. Taxation on housing, access to finance for consumers and small business, red tape and improving the flexibility of the industrial relations system are just some of the essential areas slated for reform. To support the release of Housing Australians, HIA has embarked on a campaign to make housing a key issue in the upcoming election. As a part of this campaign, HIA is asking members to register with its new website australianeedsbuilding.com.au and send a message directly to their local Federal Member of Parliament challenging their thinking and lack of action on housing - and reminding them just how important the housing industry is to Australia. - Words from the Executive Director

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Glaziers can handle 660lbs glass on-site with ease
Quattrolifts has released the Nomad and Rotating Head which is a portable glass installation system that assembles in minutes and allows fewer glaziers complete more work with less risk of injury. Gone are the days when 6 to 10 men had to shuffle along carrying glass from a truck onto site. Operated by two men the Nomad has a lifting capacity of 660 pounds, which can be doubled by using two Nomads. The Nomad can load and unload glass, mirrors and double glazed units onto trucks and barrows. With attachments it can rotate glass up to 15 feet long. The all terrain wheels operate on construction sites with greater ease and bring safety for glaziers, reducing OSHA risks. Quattrolifts USA has released the Nomad and Rotating Head which is a portable glass installation system that assembles in minutes and allows fewer glaziers complete more work with less risk of injury. Gone are the days when 6 to 10 men had to shuffle along carrying glass from a truck onto site. Operated by two men the Nomad has a lifting capacity of 660 pounds, which can be doubled by using two Nomads. The Nomad can load and unload glass, mirrors and double glazed units onto trucks and barrows. With attachments it can rotate glass up to 15 feet long. The all terrain wheels operate on construction sites with greater ease and bring safety for glaziers, reducing OSHA risks. The Nomad can be used in a factory/ shop to move glass around from a rack to a cutting table; rotate glass on an edgework machine; and with its subtle adjustments large glazed units can be glazed into side and top pocket channels. The Nomad can be reconfigured in no time to be operated by one person who can safely move IGU’s that are 72 inches wide. One response from James Bringle who runs Empirehouse in Minnesota, “We have used the Nomad and it worked great! We had a project that required 4 -5 guys to handle some very tall double glazed units, we used the Nomad with 2 men to handle the glass. We then had to rotate the glass because it was upside down on the truck. My 2 guys that used the Nomad were very impressed at how easy they could move and rotate the glass. We will be using it a lot.” To learn more about the Nomad, visit the product page. For more information call Quattrolifts USA on 800 983 5841 or in Australasia on 61 3 9375 2302.

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Quattrolifts releases new Glass lifter for Polishing Machine
Quattrolifts USA have released the Mule which is designed for one man to lift and rotate over 660 pounds of glass or IG’s for use inside glazing shops with greater safety and ease. The Mule can load and unload glass, mirrors and double glazed units onto cutting tables, edgework polishing machines, trucks and dollies while reducing your OSHA risks. The Mule can rotate glass 360 degrees allowing long and heavy sheets of glass to be loaded onto an edgework polishing machine. The Mule is operated by a portable DC vacuum pump applying vacuum to four 11 inch Woods cups. The vacuum pump arms can be swivelled allowing for long narrow plates to be handled safely. Benefits of using The Mule Used as an alternative to an overhead crane to handle heavy sheets of glass Save money as the Mule is about one quarter the cost of a basic overhead crane Reduced OSHA risks due to reduced hazardous manual handling of glass Improved productivity as less people are required to do the same work Use areas of the glazing shop not serviced by an overhead crane Safely load trucks outside the glazing shop For glazing shops that don’t have overhead cranes or their cranes don't reach some areas, the Mule can be used to move glass around from a rack to a cutting table and rotate glass on an edgework machine. Glaziers can also use the Mule to load and unload trucks that are parked outside their shops. To learn more about the Mule, visit the product page. For more information call Quattrolifts USA on 800 983 5841 or in Australasia on 61 3 9375 2302.

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Holmesglen's Industry Alliance Contributes to Workplace Safety
HOLMESGLEN INSTITUTE OF TAFE in Chadstone has proudly assisted in the development of a safety device that is now in line to win a number of awards. Holmesglen Glass and Glazing staff assisted a Melbourne chiropractor in developing an innovative glass transportation & installation unit, which has already won the 2004 Invention of the Year Special Commendation Award. The Australian made Quattrolifts Nomad 200 is now up for the Victorian Worksafe as well as the Engineers Australia Awards and has a good chance of winning. Launched to industry March 2005, Quattrolifts Nomad 200 was designed by Rick Carlei, to optimize safety and revolutionise how glaziers transport and install sheets of glass. "Quattrolifts Nomad 200 allows glaziers to transport and install a 440 Lbs sheet of glass with just 2 people, normally a task performed by 6," explained Mr Carlei. During his career, Mr Carlei has witnessed many crippling muscular and laceration injuries experienced by glaziers as a consequence of carrying hundreds of pounds of glass in factories and on sites. "Some will never work again", he said. In 2003 Mr Carlei approached Holmesglen Institute of TAFE, Glass and Glazing Department Head, Alan Reidy, to evaluate his idea. The increased safety benefits to workers were apparent and the Institute worked closely with Mr Carlei to assist in developing a prototype. "We were happy to offer technical advice on what to look for when installing glass. Installation was a primary concern with the Quattrolifts Nomad 200 and we assisted Rick by demonstrating all the tricks of trade," said Mr. Reidy. The TAFE's glazing apprenticeship program now incorporates Quattrolifts Nomad 200 as part of the training module nationally. This program ensures that all glazing apprentices are trained on how to use the Quattrolifts Nomad 200 efficiently. By training apprentices in how to use the Quattrolifts Nomad 200 and encouraging its use within industry, the risk of injuries can be greatly reduced. The device provides a safe alternative for companies in a climate of increased awareness and attention towards Occupational Health & Safety issues. Holmesglen is the sole provider of training to Victorian glazing apprentices, currently with 180 apprentices and 120 part time students who complete a level of training throughout the year. "As part of the alliance, Holmesglen provides customers with 4 hours of training on the correct use of Quattrolifts Nomad 200", said Mr. Reidy. This develops stronger industry ties with Holmesglen, which is a recognised leader in training and development for Victorian businesses. Product development is continuing and is currently focused on the need to rotate sheets of glass from the horizontal to the vertical. Without the assistance of Quattrolifts Nomad 200, this was a difficult task to perform.

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