Construction Olympics: Glazing on a Beam 60 Feet in the Air

Posted on August 11, 2016, by
Setting glass lites using a power grip and tower crane
Empirehouse glaziers Eddy Love (left) and Brandon Schindele (right) are fitted with their fall protection as they maneuver each glass lite for installation while balancing on a steel beam 60-feet above ground.

Construction Olympics: Glazing on a Beam 60 Feet in the Air

Video: Setting Glass using a Power Grip and Tower Crane

transporting the glass lite using the power grip and tower crane

Empirehouse Foreman Mitch Schindele sets each glass lite onto the power grip and directs the crane operator at the Aurora job site to fly it over to the glaziers at the crown.

Empirehouse Field Superintendent and Glazier

Field Superintendent Dave Johnson (left) with glazier Howard Westly (left) discussing the morning’s work (and something about fishing).


Industrial Worker Kody Murphy preps the metal mouldings that will be attached to the glass lites.


Apprentice glazier Joel Thorson is equipped with fall protection and balances on the steel beam 60-feet above the ground while prepping the glass for the metal mouldings.


The huge tower crane at the Aurora job site helped the Empirehouse glaziers install the crown glass in hours versus days if they were to do it by hand.


Empirehouse was proud to have been awarded the specialty glazing contract by Adolfson & Peterson Construction and work with Edward Farr Architects on the Aurora on France Senior Living project.

The glass and fabrication scope:

  • Over  13,000 square feet of exterior aluminum storefront systems glazed with tinted high performance coated insulated glass
  • 1,805 linear feet of 13/16″ low-iron tempered laminated canopy glass
  • 233 square feet of 1.75″ x 4.5″ non-thermal flush glazed interior aluminum storefront framing system glazed with 1/4″ clear uncoated monlithic glass


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Empirehouse is an NACC Certified Glazing ContractorEmpirehouse is a certified NACC Architectural Glass & Metal Contractor for demonstrating consistency, quality and safety excellence. Empirehouse has met the NACC program requirements which have been established by a Certification Board of AG&M contractors, industry experts, and end user stakeholders and formally accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to the globally-recognized ISO/IEC17065:2012 standard.

For your next project requiring architectural glass and metal, trust a Certified NACC Glazing Contractor for quality results. Contact Empirehouse at 763-535-1150 or contact us.

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