Do good interiors, get recognized

There is nothing like a pat on the back and a plaque on the wall as recognition for good work. If you do ceilings and/or interiors, the Ceiling & Interior Systems Construction Association (CISCA), St. Charles, IL, would like a chance to recognize that work through its 2009 Construction Excellence Awards competition. All entries must be received by CISCA no later than January 15, 2010. Download the entry information pdf here.
According to the organization press release, “CISCA’s Construction Excellence Awards recognize outstanding achievements in the design, fabrication, and functionality of acoustical and specialty ceilings, as well as in interior systems construction. The Awards also further the contributions of ceiling and interior systems professionals to the architectural and construction industries of which their work is an essential and integral part.”
If you have a winning entry, you will be recognized at the Awards and Keynote Breakfast on Friday, April 23, 2010, during CISCA’s 2010 Convention and INTEX Trade Show, to be held April 21 to 24, 2010 in Denver. The awards ceremony features a comprehensive multi-media presentation of all submissions and winning projects.
Award categories include:

  • Ceilings: Complex or difficult design new construction ceiling projects using metal, wood, fiberglass, fabric, or mineral fiber.
  • Renovation: Complex or difficult design renovation projects using metal, wood, fiberglass, fabric, or mineral fiber.
  • Interior Finishes: Complex or difficult design interior finish projects.
  • Acoustical Solutions: Complex or difficult design projects solving an acoustical challenge.
  • Boutique: Debuting in 2009, for unique interior projects less than 10,000 square feet.

If you did an interesting project that fits in one of these categories, download the form and enter. Applause may follow.—Gary L. Parr

Traco adds some crystal to the trophy shelf

tracologoThe good people at TRACO, Cranberry Township, PA, have just announced that they have earned their fourth Crystal Achievement Award. This time they were recognized for their innovative manufacturing plant.
   The awards program, sponsored by Glass Magazine, the official publication of the National Glass Association, McLean, VA, selects winners based on significant innovations and achievements in commercial, retail, and fabrication markets. The winners were honored at the GlassBuild Show, held Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 in Atlanta. TRACO has previously won Crystal Achievement awards for “The Most Innovative Commercial Window” in a large category in 2007 and 2008 and “The Most Innovative Website” in a large category in 2008.
   The description of the winning entry tells us that the “1-million-sq.-ft. facility houses an advanced vertically integrated process for manufacturing architectural windows and doors. Manufacturing is divided into glass processing, aluminum extrusion, and final assembly. The facility has three aluminum-extrusion presses; an anodizing and paint line that offers color, finish, and design options; and nine assembly lines that form finished products from finished aluminum, glass, and components.
   “The company incorporates the philosophy of sustainability and responsible manufacturing through techniques that reduce the use of energy and materials, and contribute points for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification, while minimizing waste and emissions. This year, the manufacturing facility incorporated three new initiatives following Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma principles: new assembly line layout and 5S integration; Production Part Approval Process; and In-Process Inspection and Final Product Audits.”
   “When discussing excellence in a manufacturing facility, there are some fundamental guiding principles,” said Rob Struble, Crystal Achievement Award judge and business communications manager, growth initiatives and performance glazing, PPG Industries Inc., Pittsburgh. “Lean, 5S, and Six Sigma show a commitment to disciplined process control. These, coupled with a commitment to sustainability, comprise the cornerstones of modern manufacturing. Traco’s employee process ownership, PPAP and IPA/FPA show how thoroughly quality programs reach through their processes.”
   Congratulations to TRACO! —Gary L. Parr