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Glass Rite is proud to once again join forces with WBHO on construction at Menlyn Maine for the Triology phase.

The Menlyn Maine Central Square, where Glass Rite was previously subcontracted, was completed in 2016 and boasts a seven storey office block, a large retail section with all the major anchor tenants including Pick & Pay; SPAR and Virgin Active Classic as well as a five storey hotel.

The project is squarely based on the new urbanism principles with a key focus on mixed use buildings but this is only part of the final objective which ultimately will culminate in South Africa’s first Green City. Development started in 2006 and construction of the first phase of the residential component “Triology” will be completed in 2019. Menlyn Maine can pride itself on being the first Green City in South Africa and focuses on the development of sustainable Green buildings. This is achieved through optimizing energy and water consumption, transport and waste management.

With the extreme changes in the environment ranging from depleted land resources; overpopulation; alarming increases in energy consumption and transportation requirements, the cities of the future need to adapt rapidly.

Menlyn Maine – Phase 3

With this in mind the iconic building of the modern city - the Skyscraper – is evolving and changing too.  This is evident in how Menlyn Maine incorporates commercial office space; retail, dinning and shopping space; recreational space; residential and parkland space.

Mixed-use buildings aim to improve not only the living

standards of the occupants, but also the impact the building has on the environment.

This can be broken up into two separate components. Embodied energy refers to the construction of a building and the energy used to do so. Operational energy deals with the energy consumption after occupation.  This is where Glass Rite can once again prove the worth of glass as a building material, perhaps with a higher embodied energy required for manufacture, but with a significant reduction in the operational energy required during the lifecycle of a building.

The first phase of Triology will consist of a range of studio apartments through to penthouses all requiring glass and aluminium sliding doors, facades and windows which will be installed by Glass Rite.

The Crealco Palace sliding door range is a range of top performing sliding doors and the perfect choice where wide open spaces are required. These doors can provide an opening up to three meters high, creating stunning borderless panoramic views. This also has a direct effect on the amount of natural light entering the building. The Palace range also has an option of double glazing, ensuring these doors will play a pivotal role in the regulating the climate of the interior.

Glass Rite is thrilled to once again be a part of the cutting edge construction in this historic city!

When looking back at the profound impact of any war, positive changes do not seem possible due to such a traumatic and tragic occurrence. World War 2 is admittedly one such war. This event changed history on a global scale and shaped the course of our future.

A brief history - glass and aluminium use

Two companies, Pittsburgh Plate Glass (PPG) and Libbey-Owen-Ford Glass (L.O.F) dominated the industry and went global before World War 2. This was in part due to break-through innovations such as heat-absorbing glass; laminated safety glass and double glazing.

Meanwhile in the United Kingdom, Alistair Pilkington (Pilkington Brothers), perfected the manufacture of float glass. This ensured major advances in the construction industry.

Post-WW2 glass manufacture revolved around the manufacture of flat glass sheets, mainly used for vehicles at this time. The optic quality of flat glass was further enhanced by twin-grinding (polishing) methods developed in the UK and Belgium.

Innovations during the 1930’s and post-WW2 testify to how the special requirements during this period, influenced the manufacturing industries worldwide. The war required large quantities of military vehicles with windscreens and lightweight planes (that could travel long distances). This called for innovation in the manufacturing of glass and aluminium. Eventually also changing commercial manufacture and use of these materials.

In America particularly the vehicle manufacturing industry experienced an unprecedented boom.

America’s tunnel vision on vehicle manufacturing caused concern under American Architects by the mid 1950’s. These conditions particularly influenced a period in architecture during the 1950’s to 1960’s referred to as the “glass box” phase, with monotonous glass and aluminium facades defining cities during this period.

Though this was the start of the use of glass and aluminium facades, it surely was not the end. Today the advances in the manufacture and use of both materials form part of the basis for Green Building, shaping mixed-use buildings and promoting the new urbanism principles.

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JBCC Training for Glass Rite team

Earlier this month the Glass Rite estimating, accounting, project and management staff attended an in depth coarse on the JBCC (Joint Building Contractors Committee)

Subcontract and domestic subcontract agreements held at the MBA’s (Master Builders Association of South Africa) premises in Johannesburg.

The coarse covered all aspects of the contractual law between contractors and subcontractors such as work risks, securtity, health and safety, tender obligations, sectional completion, final completion, latent defects and payment conditions just to name a few.  Glass Rite aims to take this knowledge forward to streamline future projects and improving our services.