So a little lost in the shuffle of the push for GlassBuild was some exciting promotion that our industry got from a very popular TV show. Treehouse Masters, the #1 show on the Animal Planet network and one of the most popular Friday night shows in all of TV, did a treehouse for Pittsburgh Steeler Antonio Brown. The treehouses built on this show are not your typical wooden piece that you may remember as a kid. No these structures are incredible, nicer than most of the homes we live in, and the one for Brown showed off glass and metal in an incredible way. His treehouse featured an awesome 2-story window wall with framing from YKK, dynamic glass from Pleotint-Suntuitive and Insulating Glass from Thompson IG. The installation was done by Modern Wall Systems. To me the best part were the constant compliments about the way the glazing looked and the camera shots reinforcing it. It was beautiful. So a major congratulations to all parties involved! As I noted last week, when I saw Tom Donovan of Suntuitive he was all smiles and he should be- as should the others from our industry who were involved with this. We showed a major audience that our products are difference makers and that they can shine in prime time!! If you are interested in watching the episode (it was very interesting overall) click HERE and go to episode 4.
-- A couple of leftover notes from GlassBuild… I forgot to promote and note the great book that sold like crazy at the show- “An Owners Guide to Exit & Succession Planning.” This book features in-depth advice on the exit process and management succession. It’s really an awesome read whether you are ready to sell your business or not. You can order it HERE
-- Also one comment/question that came up during the Glazing Executives Forum was about driverless trucks. Obviously transportation and logistics is a big issue and that was a major story during the session. So this week when I saw this story on some wild new autonomous trucks, I had to share it on here. I still don’t see it being a major mover for us in the industry any time soon- but you never know.
-- Good positive news from the latest Architectural Billings Index… 54.2 rating (remember over 50 is the positive territory) so a nice bounce back after last month barely got over the 50 mark. The south region and multi family building were the strengths that the analysts pointed to as reasons for the score. The ABI trend is certainly our friend these days. Not as friendly is the Dodge Momentum Index. That had a negative showing last time out- but I am waiting to see if it gets adjusted up with the next report.
-- Have you been following the story of the Millennium Tower? I mentioned it here a while back and it popped back in the news last week with a cracked window issue. This is surely a job we all should be watching to see what is happening and how the issues (building is evidently sinking) will be addressed.
-- Long time readers of this blog know I love lists and rankings, so when the latest poll of the 50 Best Places to Live in America was released, I was all over it. Here’s the top 10…from 10 to 1
10- Woodbury, MN
9- Sammamish, WA (I initially though this was the home of TGP- but I guess not- I would live at the TGP HQ though, it is stunning!)
8- Highlands Ranch, CO
7- Dublin, CA
6- Franklin, TN
5- Cary, NC
4- Ellicott City, MD
3- Carmel, IN
2- Ashburn, VA
and the best place to live in 2018 is…. Frisco, TX
So any of my readers live in these cities? If so- congrats!! The top 50 can be found here… good list overall!
-- Last this week- programming note- they’ll be no post from me next week. I will return to this space the week of 10/7. Of course if news breaks I’ll post and also tweet it out.
LINKS of the WEEK
Fascinating story of a great resistance fighter who just passed
Story this week on how golf pictures helped an inmate get justice
Cool way to save a wedding
VIDEO of the WEEK
I am all Apple when it comes to my products but the latest phones are underwhelming… and this review really nailed it…