Recently, I have been taking 3D CAD courses at BCIT’s Vancouver campus. As I was walking around the campus, I noticed some unusual glass on one of the staircases and was a bit shocked. I took some pictures to share here on our company blog because I wanted to illustrate a common problem that occurs in a lot of new buildings.
If you look closely, you can see in the pictures below that pieces of faceted glass have been used as replacements for curved glass around this staircase. It's unfortunate that a suitable replacement wasn't sourced. And it's especially unfortunate considering our manufacturing facility is only 30 minutes from this campus. So, it begs the question, where did this glass come from and why were they not able to get replacement pieces?
Among the many specialty services and products we produce, Coastal Curved Glass provides marine glass for luxury yachts and powerboats. Modern yacht design has evolved to become ever more sophisticated, elaborate, elegant and ground-breaking. Naturally, creating a unique, stylish and esthetically appealing yacht is going to put a big demand on the production process. The following explains some of the history that created the demand for custom curved glass in this niche industry.
Having the ability to produce bent glass and curved glass structures, that can be custom manufactured to any shape the naval architect’s heart desires, means Coastal Curved Glass allows yacht designers the freedom to think creatively, without limitation.
Railways have come a long way from the boxcars of old. Modern rail cars have windows of all shapes and sizes. And many tourist lines offer panoramic views through specially made domes or floor-to-ceiling curved glass windows. The increased exterior visibility adds to the enjoyment and comfort of passengers which enhances the overall rail experience.
Seabird Industries, the parent company to Coastal Curved Glass, has proudly passed the rigorous testing required to manufacture and supply glass for commercial and passenger trains. FRA Type I compliance is for front facing glass and the FRA Type II compliance is for side facing glass. Both tests included a ballistics test and a large object impact test. The ballistics test included shooting the glass with a lead bullet reaching a minimum velocity of 960 feet per second. The Impact test for FRA Type I glass included dropping a 24 pound concrete masonry unit on the glass from a distance of 30 feet to obtain a velocity of 44 feet per second. The passing criteria for FRA Type I and FRA Type II glass are that no glass particles would penetrate a thin aluminum witness plate behind the glass. We passed with flying colours and are now proudly available to manufacture and supply glass for trains.
Often, clients will ask me about laminated glass versus tempered glass for their project. There is in fact, only one option for the work we do; laminated glass. Bending and curving glass for custom glass applications is no simple process. Luckily, Coastal Curved Glass has extensive experience and knowledge in this field, thanks to a countless volume and variety of projects that we have completed over the past 35 years.
Traditionally, tempered glass is what most contractors are aware of and request for projects. While tempered glass is reputable and has many positive aspects, in the case of curved or bent glass applications, tempered glass will absolutely not work. Here are a few facts about tempered and laminated glass, explaining why laminated glass must be used for our bent and curved glass applications:
Sometimes when we think of up-selling we think of a sales person attempting to induce you to buy a bunch of unnecessary features on a new car or piece of electronics. But up-selling can also be positive, sometimes it can be as simple as exposing a customer to options they may not have previously considered. Often we, at Coastal Curved Glass in Vancouver, are invited to join in a project working with someone who is trying to build something magnificent.
These customers already have a good idea of what they want and how its going to be done. Our job is to help them realize their dreams...but, sometimes our job is to use our previous experience to help expand their vision even further.