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TGP is committed to providing you with easy and reliable access to industry-leading fire-rated and specialty architectural glazing products. You can find a host of design resources on our award-winning Web sites, including detailed product information through building information modeling (BIM), product application photography, and a new online AIA-registered course on daylighting. Read more in this edition of Hot Topics.

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BIM Now Available Through TGP's Web Sites

Building Information Modeling (BIM) gives design professionals unparalleled tools to take their projects to the next level. To allow faster access to detailed product specification data, all TGP products are now available in BIM through our two Web sites.

You'll find BIM product models for fire-rated glazing materials such as FireLite® ceramic glass and Pilkington Pyrostop™ transparent wall panels on our fire-rated glass Web site

Architectural glazing product models for Pilkington Profilit™ channel glass, SteelBuilt Curtainwall™ Systems and other specialty glazing materials can be obtained at our architectural glass Web site

And, as always, you can contact us at or 800-426-0279 for additional information or rapid-response quotes.

TGP Opens New Headquarters and Production Facility

To better serve customers, TGP recently moved into a new building in Snoqualmie, Washington, that consolidates all of our operations. The new facility is located 30 miles east of Seattle, with fast and convenient access to Interstate 90.

TGP Headquarters, Snoqualmie, Washington.

The building design by Callison Architects showcases the latest in glazing solutions and daylighting design, along with a more creative, collaborative and efficient workspace for employees. The architects incorporated a range of innovative materials, including narrow-profile SteelBuilt Window and Door™ systems, Pilkington Profilit™ channel glass and Neopariés® crystallized glass ceramic architectural panels. The interior design features achieve LEED-CI Gold certification.

Our new mailing address is 8107 Bracken Place SE, Snoqualmie, WA, 98065. As before, for more information about TGP's products and services, call 800-426-0279 or visit and

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TGP Web Sites Earn Crystal Achievement Award

Glass Magazine has named TGP as the recipient of the Most Innovative Web Site Award for a small- to medium-sized company in its third annual Crystal Achievement Awards. The awards are given in honor of companies who make significant innovations and achievements in architectural glass technology, manufacturing and marketing. TGP received accolades for both of its Web sites: and

The awards selection committee honored the two Web sites based on their state-of-the-art interactive features that provide a streamlined process for accessing information about TGP's products, education on specs and industry standards, and simple steps to purchase glass and framing systems.


TGP - Fire Rated

Fire-Rated Glass Floor System Coming Soon

Fireframes® glass floor system.

TGP is proud to announce that we're adding a new product to our fire-rated glazing line beginning in 2009: A Fireframes® glass floor system. The advanced fire-rated flooring system carries a rating of two hours - the only floor system in the United States with that level of protection. It is also approved for loads up to 150 psf., can be used in interior or exterior applications, and is listed with Underwriters Laboratories (UL).

Designers will be able to use the new glazed flooring system to bring daylight deep into interior spaces, and to create dramatic visual effects between different building levels. Potential applications include shopping malls, department stores, offices and high-end homes. It allows glazing in spaces that previously would have required other fire-stopping materials like concrete, and can also be used in non-fire-rated applications.

The custom-built system consists of two-hour Pilkington Pyrostop™ heat barrier translucent glass combined with a tempered, laminated walking surface glass utilizing Pilkington Optiwhite™ colorless glass. The walking surface can be easily replaced in case of impact breakage. The system also allows for decorative, color frits, and sandblasted glass options. Available glass sizes are approximately 48" x 50".

Look for more details in the coming months.

TGP - Architectural

AIA-Registered Daylighting Course Now Available Online

TGP recognizes that architects and designers are increasingly returning to the use of natural light to create comfortable, energy-efficient and aesthetically pleasing spaces in commercial buildings and homes. To better support your educational needs regarding the benefits, challenges, and options for daylighting, you can now access our free course "A Bright Future: Daylighting for Tomorrow's Buildings" online at

The course is registered with the American Institute of Architects' Continuing Education System (AIA/CES) and qualifies for 1.0 Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) learning unit hour. It consists of six video modules, a daylighting article, and a brief test. Test scores of 80 percent or higher qualify for AIA CES credit. TGP will provide participants who receive a passing score with a certificate of completion and will submit their results directly to AIA for credit.

Qualified architectural firms can also still request an in-person, AIA-registered lunch-and-learn presentation from TGP on daylighting by visiting Participants completing the in-person and online courses can earn credits for both.

TGP also offers an AIA-registered class on designing with and specifying fire-rated glazing. Design professionals can complete the fire-rated course online or by requesting an in-person presentation.

Photo Showcase

Pilkington Profilit™ channel glass helps evoke a flowing fabric look for Neiman Marcus in Natick, Massachusetts. More Pilkington Profilit photos.

Request for Photography

If you have a recent project that incorporated our products (such as Pilkington Pyrostop™, Fireframes®, FireLite® family of products, Pilkington Profilit™ or Neoparies®), we would like to see it. Simply e-mail snapshots and a brief description to Your work could be featured in a case study in Hot Topics or in a national publication.


TGP Introduces Pilkington Profilit™ Channel Glass in Canada

Expanding product options for Canadian design professionals, TGP now offers Pilkington Profilit channel glass in Canada. The Pilkington Profilit glazing system offers a unique alternative to traditional window glazing and glass block with its self-supporting glass channels and an extruded metal perimeter frame. The result is a wall, façade, or partition that obscures vision but allows light to pass through, making it well suited for a range of daylighting designs.

Pilkington Profilit can be used in interior or exterior applications, with an overall span of up to 7 meters (23 feet). The channels can be installed either vertically or horizontally.

For customer's creative purposes, the "U-shaped" cast glass channels generally do not require intermediate vertical mullions for vertical installations. Because of the shape of the system, it can achieve very tight radiuses and can be used in serpentine applications. The glass is available in a variety of colors and textures with varying translucencies.

As one of the most cost-efficient glass cladding systems available, Pilkington Profilit cuts the need for artificial lighting and provides superior sound reduction (up to 42db). Tempering or filming options are available to meet impact safety requirements.

To learn more about obtaining Pilkington Profilit in Canada, call 1-800-426-0279 or visit

Pilkington Profilit™ channel glass soars up to 7 meters (23 feet) and can be installed in tight radius designs. More Pilkington Profilit photos.

Distinctive Channel Glass Wall Captures Natural Light, Invites Guests into Scottsdale Luxury Hotel

Getting enough sunlight is usually not an issue in Arizona's Sonoran Desert. With an average of 325 days of sunshine per year, and temperatures that regularly soar above 100° F, Scottsdale, Arizona, is one of the world's premier destinations for people seeking sun and relaxation within a backdrop of luxury.

To lavishly accommodate guests, Starwood Hotels & Resorts has opened its first W Hotel in Arizona. Located in the heart of the downtown Scottsdale entertainment district, the Scottsdale W Hotel and Residences stands seven stories tall and offers a spa, a restaurant, bars and luxury condominiums. Distinctive design elements are incorporated throughout, including a number of water features and an under-water porte cochere that creates a dramatic entrance.

Scottsdale W Hotel with Pilkington Profilit™ channel glass. More Pilkington Profilit photos.

For the project, Hornberger + Worstell Architects (San Francisco, CA) were tasked with creating a state-of-the-art hotel living room for which W Hotels are known world-wide. A traditional W Hotel living room is the center of activity containing the hotel front desk, lounge, seating areas, bar and restaurant. A design challenge that faced the project architect was creating a space that flowed well from the captivating porte cochere entry and incorporates natural light into the hotel living room, while keeping out the Arizona heat and outside distractions.

"We wanted to find a contemporary looking translucent material without a metal frame to create a pattern of glazing and diffuse the light in interesting and changeable ways throughout the day and night," says Christian Low, principal and senior vice president of Hornberger + Worstell Architects. "We also wanted some transparency, but not a clear fish bowl glass effect, because we were trying to visually invite the guests into the hotel lobby living room, yet also screen the cars and activities outside in the porte cochere."

Click Scottsdale W Hotel to read how the architects solved this challenge.

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