In this week’s blog post we are taking you behind the scenes with our glaziers on the Bay Area Medical Center job site in Marinette. Omni’s glass division is assisting in design work for the curtain wall, storefront, glass, glazing, entrance doors and aluminum composite panels.
A glazier is a skilled tradesman responsible for cutting, installing, and removing glass. Glaziers may work with glass in various surfaces and settings, such as windows, doors, skylights, storefronts, and interior walls.
Take a look at a recent day for our glaziers:
6:50 a.m. – Arrive at the jobsite
7:00 a.m. – Entire job site stretches as a group
7:10 a.m. – The job superintendent talks about daily activities or any hazards that might affect any subcontractors.
After the brief meeting, Omni employees get together and talk about daily activities and what each person’s task is for the day. The employees then fill out an STA – Safety Task Analysis – card. This allows them to survey the area and inspect the equipment to ensure the jobsite is safe.
Once the job area is deemed safe, the glaziers take the necessary tools to their assigned area.
9:30 a.m. – 15 min. break
9:45 a.m. – Glaziers continue to work on various projects that are on the schedule for the day. The Bay Area Medical Center jobsite is a large site to work on and in order to communicate with each other two-way radios are used.
12:00 p.m. – Lunch Break
12:30 p.m. – Back to work. It’s time to install a frame.
Before installing a frame you must prep the frame with holes to anchor it. Then you install the frame into the opening making sure that the frame is plum and level. Once the frame is installed you must seal the joints and install the glass using suction cups. Once the frame is glazed you then put weather-stripping around the entire frame to ensure the correct seal. The frame can then be caulked to ensure the frame does not leak.
3:15 p.m. – Clean up.
3:30 p.m. – End of the day!
Right now our glaziers are working on the exterior glass for the project which should be wrapped up around July. Some major things they still have left to do include setting a 200 foot curtainwall. This will be a unique project because it will have four different colors of glass in it. The glaziers will also have to set all the entrances but they usually hold off until towards the end of the project to ensure no damage is done to the doors.
Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for more pictures from the Bay Area Medical Center project!