Heartland Glass

www.HeartlandGlass.com                                 June, 2016

Sullivan Siblings
Welcome to the June edition of the Heartland Glass newsletter!

Thanks for taking the time out of your day to read it!

From reading past newsletters you may know that my wife and I have two children, one a recent college grad  who has her first "real" job (yes!) and another still in college but he decided to not come home for the summer. So this is our first summer without kids at home and I don't think it has really sunk in that we may never have them living with us again. Between internships and co-ops there is a good likelihood that our son will be coming home to visit rather than live. I know, careful with what you wish for right?! I have several friends who have had just the opposite experience so I will keep my fingers crossed.

I bring this up because you really don't prepare for this transition, it just happens. It seems a little unnatural to me to not being able to look forward to having the kids home for the summer. So we made a point to schedule some family time with a trip to Boston coming up and a recent trip to Chicago where we were all able to meet to watch a couple of the Copa America soccer games. We had a great time and the extra effort that we made to be together made the trip extra special. So the rest of the summer I will have to get my kid fixes some other way. Living in Blaine I have the opportunity to drive by the National Sports Center, where we spent many summer nights watching tournament soccer games and I see all the kids and parents and I crack a smile and think back to those days and then I press on the gas a little harder as I go by.....

I am happy to report that the transition and re-location of Brin Northwestern Glass to Northwestern Glass Fab is going as good as or better than we had expected. It hasn't come without challenges, but our team has been working tirelessly to deliver the same level of service that our customers have come to expect. We appreciate our customer's patience and understanding!

Our Heartland team is thick and heavy into their school project back log. School projects, whether new construction, remodeling or service work is an important part of our business. Summer is usually when most of this work happens and this is challenging because of the condensed schedules that often accompany school projects. This often involves extra work on both on the project management level and for our fabrication and installation crews. Our team takes a sense of pride in being able to deliver on time service for the end user. I think we set ourselves apart from our competition because we don't view the completion of the project as the end of the relationship. We continue that relationship beyond when the school opens or re-opens, whichever the case, and offer our repair services. Just another example of "Quality Clear Through"....
Thank you again for taking time out of your day to read our newsletter, we wish you continued success as always. Wishing you a safe and happy 4th of July with your family and friends!

~ Bill Sullivan
President/CEO, Heartland Glass
President, Brin Northwestern 


Heartland Glass partners on the $4.1 million
Glencoe Regional Hospital expansion


Heartland Glass has been hard at work through the winter and spring on the third floor expansion of the Glencoe Regional Hospital in Glencoe, MN.

The $4.1 million, 12,000 square-foot expansion is four times larger than the department's existing space and is being done to meet the growing demand for physical rehabilitation services including physical, occupational and speech therapy.
Heartland Glass is providing decorative glass, custom color film, mirrored walls, storefront and curtain walls with custom color paint to complement the panels.
The logistics of adding a third floor to the building provided some challenges for the Heartland Glass crew. "We couldn't reach the north side of the building with a lift, so we needed to set up 2 stories of scaffolding on top of a roof to erect one side of the building," said Garrity Gerber, Heartland Glass project manager.
"All the materials had to be lifted into the space with a lull, so staging to start construction took a couple of days," Garrity said, "The north side went up in the middle of January, so thankfully we had a mild winter, or this could have been a long project for our crew!"
While on site, Heartland Glass did some additional decorative glass work and added a transaction window for a renovation of the Wound Care Center in the existing part of the hospital. 
Thank you to the Glencoe Regional Hospital for partnering with us on this great project!

June Featured Employee 
 Derek Meier
Derek Meier, Fabricator
Heartland Glass is very happy to honor Derek Meier as our Employee of the Month for June.
Derek grew up in Hutchinson, MN and graduated from Hutchinson high school in 2008. He went on to study psychology at Inver Hills Community College and then transferred to St. Cloud State University where he is still a student while also working as a fabricator for Heartland Glass.

"The most challenging thing about my job at Heartland Glass is getting to know and understand the functions of the different materials," Derek said, "The best thing about my job is working with great people! The staff at Heartland Glass is amazing."

When he's not working or going to school, Derek enjoys playing sports. "Basketball, baseball and softball are my favorite past times," Derek said, "I also love to hang out with my family." Derek and his girlfriend Brittany have two daughters, Lily who is 2 and Khloe who is one and a third baby on the way.

Glass Fear Factor;
SkySlide sky-high ride debuts in LA

Sit back and enjoy the ride -- 1000 feet above the LA landscape!

Super strong glass is the main component of this thrilling transparent Los Angeles attraction attached to the colossal U.S. Bank Tower. Visitors can slide for an entire story down the SkySlide, a chute made entirely of glass and affixed to the outside of the building, going down from the 70th floor to the 69th.

SkySlide is part of the new OUE SkySpace LA observation deck atop L.A.'s landmark skyscraper, the tallest building west of Chicago.

The slide is 45 feet long and perches 1,000 feet above the Hope Street pavement. It is made of three-ply glass that is 1.25 inches thick and is secured by steel outriggers. It's strong enough to withstand hurricane-force winds of up to 110 miles per hour. Steel outriggers hold it all together.
The slide was installed onto the side of the building using a fire department helicopter that could carry the slide's weight.

Construction crews used a complex pulley system to carefully inch the slide into the correct position by hand.

The SkySpace observation deck on the US Bank building opened last Saturday and is the tallest in California and includes an interactive portion featuring a digital topography wall of the city's beacons. The SkySlide is sure to be a big draw to get visitors to check out the new space.

This is what Jimmy Kimmel's sidekick Guillermo had to say about SkyRIde:

Glass features are a key component of
North Minneapolis DC Group expansion

When North Minneapolis-based DC Group recently underwent a 44,000-square-foot, two-story, $7.3 million expansion, they turned to Tubelite products and Brin Contract Glazing for their glass needs.  During the "expand in place" project, DC Group's new and existing structures were blended using glass, metal and concrete. Tubelite Inc. provided the 400CW Series curtainwall system.

DC Group provides equipment and maintains uninterruptible power supply systems that protect computer systems from power surges and transfers them to standby power sources in case of a blackout or brownout. Experiencing significant growth in the past several years, DC Group grew from 41 employees to 140 employees, and plans to add 30,000 square feet to the existing structure were put into place.

Brin Contract Glazing installed Tubelite's 400 Series curtainwall, T14000 I/O storefront and E4500 storefront aluminum framing systems. Tubelite's Medium Stile thermal doors with 10-inch bottom rails also were installed. Interior framing and doors by Tubelite were used for the vestibule, executive offices and large conference room. Linetec finished the framing and doors in a Class I Clear anodize to enhance the systems' durability and metallic aesthetic. Extruded aluminum, anodized mullions were incorporated as extended exterior fins. The resulting dramatic curving curtainwall creates an interesting, contemporary design motif offering access to daylight and panoramic views.

Partners in the glass elements of the project include:
 * Glazing systems - installer: Brin Contract Glazing, a division of Brin Glass Company; Minneapolis; http://www.bringlass.com

 * Glazing systems - manufacturer: Tubelite Inc.; Walker, Michigan; http://www.tubeliteinc.com

 * Glazing systems - manufacturer's representative: Hillesheim Architectural Products, Inc.; Faribault, Minnesota; http://www.hap-inc.net

 * Glazing systems - glass manufacturer: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelopeŽ; Albertville, Minnesota; http://www.obe.com

 * Glazing systems - finishing provider: Linetec; Wausau, Wisconsin; http://www.linetec.com
If Tubelite wall systems are on your wish list for your new commercial project, contact our team at sales@heartlandglass.com.
Tubelight products are just another great reason Heartland Glass can provide unique, quality solutions for our clients.
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Heartland Glass is a full service glass company serving both commercial and residential customers throughout Central Minnesota and beyond. 


Specializing in:

  • Curtain Walls
  • Architectural Windows
  • Aluminum Doors
  • Storefronts
  • Glass Hand Rails
  • Heavy Glass Entrances
  • Glass and Glazing
  • Windows for New Construction or Replacement
  • Custom Shower Doors
  • Refurbishing Shower Doors
  • Specialty Mirrors

To learn more about our full line of glass products and services, contact us or stop by our Waite Park showroom. 

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