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The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) is a nation-wide nonprofit technical organization dedicated to the advancement of construction technology through communication, education, research, and service. Founded in 1948, CSI provides a forum for architects, engineers, specification writers, contractors, suppliers, and others in the industry.

Central Pennsylvania Chapter CSI

Tour Program & Monthly Dinner Meeting

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 1:00 PM


Vitro Glass Industries Plant Tour


Understanding Low-E Coatings Seminar

400 Park Drive, Carlisle, PA


Followed by Dinner at Cassell’s Grille

5 West Pine Street, Mt. Holly Springs, PA

You are invited to join us for this tour and seminar at the Vitro Architectural Glass plant at 400 Park Drive, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, just outside Mt. Holly Springs, followed by dinner at Cassell’s Grille. This plant, one of the largest of its kind in the world, began operations in 1972 and manufactures flat glass for use in solar, residential and commercial construction markets under the Starphire®, Solarphire® and Solarban® glass brands.  Learning objectives for the seminar, Understanding Low-E Coatings, are:

  • Understanding the solar energy spectrum and common glass performance measures.
  • Understanding the manufacturing processes for pyrolytic and magnesium sputter vacuum deposition (MSVD) low-e coatings.
  • Understanding how passive and solar control low-e coatings differ and impact glass performance measures.
  • Understanding commercial energy usage and how low-e coatings can improve energy efficiency and earn LEED credit contributions.

This program will be registered with the AIA Continuing Education System for 2 Learning Units.  CE certificates will be available for all professional disciplines.

The schedule for this event will be:

1:00 PM - Arrive at plant and introductions.

1:30-2:30 PM - Group 1 plant tour and Group 2 low-e coating technical seminar.

2:45-3:45 PM - Group 2 plant tour and Group 1 low-e coating technical seminar.

4:00-5:00 PM - CPC CSI Board meeting at the plant; others can head to Cassell’s Grille for social networking time.

5:15 PM onward – Dinner with everyone at the Cassell’s Grille.

Additional information, including arrival and safety requirements, will be issued later. No cameras will be allowed in the plant.

Spaces for the tour and seminar are limited to  20 and reservations are required. The tour will be broken into two groups of ten maximum. Vitro requires a list of those who will be attending at least two weeks in advance of the event.

Accordingly, reservations for the tour and seminar will be made on a first come, first served basis, for the first 20 respondents. Please RSVP no later than Noon, Friday, October 25, 2019, to Chris Atwood by email at catwood@gfnet.com.  Please indicate if you will be attending the tour/seminar and/or dinner.

Dinner will be ordered off the menu at Cassell’s Grille, though selections may be limited.

Dinner Cost: Free to Central Pennsylvania Chapter CSI Members

$10.00 for Students; Actual cost of dinner, not exceeding $25, for all others

(paid to CPC-CSI w/ check or cash)

Our Program Committee is seeking ideas for diverse, unbiased, educational presentations for the coming year (and beyond). If you would like to be part of our Program Committee, or just have some program ideas to share, please contact Chris Atwood (catwood@gfnet.com) or Jeff Turicik (JeffTurick@ykkap.com)