Donated Windows for the Koala Hospital at Kangaroo Island

After recent bushfires ravaged much of the wildlife on South Australia’s Kangaroo Island (KI), former The Block contestants Spence & Kerrie conceived the ambitious plan to construct a new hospital to treat the many injured animals. Joined by their Block rivals Matt & Elise and some 30 trade volunteers as well as the generous contribution of many suppliers, the build was completed in five days.

The reveal of the hospital took place on Friday’s Channel 9 TODAY show. G.James was pleased to be able to donate the windows and doors for this very worthwhile project and wish Sam and Dana all the best in their new facility and the work they do caring for and rehabilitating the local wildlife.

Value #1: Safety

Safety Board – Lismore factory.

“We ensure that our plant, equipment and workplace practices allow for a safe environment”

For all of us, being safety conscious should be a way of life and part of our everyday conversations. It requires a personal commitment on all levels. With our motto “Think Safe Be Safe”, we all have a responsibility to ensure we can come to work each day, carry out our tasks in a safe environment and go home safe and healthy.

We would like to remind everyone to hold our safety value and messages at front of mind, both at the workplace and at home. Take the time to think and plan prior to commencing any activity to ensure that they are carried out in a safe manner without risk of injury to yourself or anyone else, or damage to property.

• Follow our induction and safety procedures

• Conduct Safety committee meetings with minutes and actions – close out actions

• Read and circulate the Safety newsletters

• Report and record incidents, hazards and near misses as well as identify and complete corrective actions in our HSE system

• Have regular safety conversations – these will go a long way to preventing unsafe practices and accidents occurring

Our goal is for a zero-harm workplace. As with life in general, please be aware of what is happening around you at all times.

This post is a safety conversation so please share it with all team members.

Lewis, Directors and Managers

Happy New Year everyone!

8 inch Press at 990KSD

Happy New Year and welcome back to 2020 – 103 years as a family-owned manufacturing business providing quality products and services across Australia. Our thoughts are with any of our team members, families, customers and suppliers that have been impacted by the devastating fires burning across the holiday period and still causing serious threat across the nation.

As many of you have made your own new year resolutions and focus on your personal goals, it is a good time to communicate our vision and goals for the coming year.

In an environment and economy with many challenges we continue to be well positioned because of our reputation, capability and diverse portfolio of products and services.

To achieve our vision of ensuring a sustainable and successful business for generations to come, 4 key focus areas have been identified:

Focus on Safety – ensuring we have effective hazard and risk identification and management whilst embedding safety behaviours.

Increase Revenue – by delivering on our promises to our loyal customer base, implementing strategies for winning new customers and constantly looking for opportunities for sales growth.

Decrease Costs – as we carry out our daily activities be aware and conscious of cost saving initiatives and work to bring these initiatives into practice.

Improve Operational Effectiveness – underpins all our business units. We all must be striving to achieve maximum productivity while minimising waste and expense.

Our ‘Values’ provide an insight into what motivates us and defines what is valued across all our employees and managers. Over the next few weeks we will be talking about each of our Values – Safety, Integrity, Our People, Customer Focus, Product Excellence and Investment – what they mean to me and how we can all influence how we demonstrate these in our daily tasks.

This year we will see the commissioning of the new 8 inch Press and Case Warehouse at 990 for our Extrusion business. We have included some photos of the progress. The next generation Glass Manufacturing Plant in Melbourne will be well underway to completion by year end. Oracle EBS will continue to be stabilised and improved to support our operations. This work will be ongoing as defects are flushed out and further progress made for better use and functionality.

8 inch Press and Case Warehouse

We look forward to a productive and profitable year and thank you in advance for your commitment and contribution.

Lewis, Directors and Managers

W&D Division – Defining Spaces!

G.James Windows & Doors, Eagle Farm has completed the installation of its longest, continuous sliding door – it’s more like a glass sliding wall! Stretching 13 metres long and comprising a run of six panels (five sliding / one fixed), the fully-open expanse of this 445 Series Door fulfils the owner’s desire for seamless indoor / outdoor flow. These massive panels are glazed with 13.52mm Solect Shadow 1H9 Low E Laminate, with each panel weighing in excess of 220kgs. Adding to the complexity of this configuration is a 102° angled corner comprising a three panel return door. Stay tuned for some more stunning photos of this magnificent house in the coming weeks G.James Windows & Doors – Defining Spaces.

G.James Extrusion Facility

extrusionplant

G.James Extrusion Co. Pty Ltd, (G.James) has in recent times reinvested and modernised a major part of its Extrusion Warehousing, Packaging and Surface Finishing operations. With these projects now complete, G.James’ management have turned their attention to investing further in its Extrusion Press operations.

A greenfield site, known to most in Brisbane as the “old Ford Factory”, will now be recognised as 990 Kingsford Smith Drive (KSD). This site will house a purpose-built 20,000 sqm facility, which will be the principle location of G.James’ Extrusion Press operations.

The new Extrusion Plant will bring with it improved efficiencies by significantly reducing the number of manual tasks associated with our existing processes. One such task is the Die Management System which will see the extrusion dies retrieved from storage, moved to the oven, and finally into the press all achieved through automation.

The Extrusion Plant will include all of what is expected from modern day extrusion press technology. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • a vertical log storage rack
  • a log manipulator
  • a log brusher
  • an efficient log furnace with gas taper
  • a hot log saw
  • a short stroke front loading press
  • a complete new handling system with full quenching capability
  • a double run out table
  • a stretcher
  • a saw and profile stacker
  • a scrap removal system.

Automated cranes will control the movement of baskets throughout the plant, including the processing through ageing ovens. All production will be controlled by the Manufacturing Execution System (MES), including recipe managers and PLC control of plant and equipment.

The new Extrusion Plant will allow G.James the ability to utilise our resources more efficiently. With this improved productivity, it is expected that G.James’ two new presses will generate comparable capacity to that of our four existing presses. Coupled to the labour cost savings are significant energy savings. The new plant will operate under the latest generation power saving devices, providing us an opportunity to reduce our carbon footprint and increase our ‘green’ credentials.

If you wish to learn more about this project – either as a supplier of goods and services or a potential customer, please contact us.

Project Stella Maris

stella_marisAs you approach the main entry of this church you are greeted with a stunning image printed on glass of “Madonna and Child” by Giovan Battista Salvi, “Il Sassoferrato”.

Madonna and Child

ColourLite Image digital ceramic glass printing by G.James offered the architect a cost effective and long term durable solution, creating a signature dimension.

“The image of the Madonna and Child is all embracing as we enter the front door of Stella Maris Catholic Church.  This age old image draws us like the Child to His mother. The curtain walls bring light and shade to the sanitary.  The two columns of glass are a symbol of water.  Water is symbolic of our Christian faith.”
– Sonya Slater, Stella Maris Catholic Church

©SBPhoto_Stella Maris Church _025“The original concept was achieved and that was the building was to be a building within the park and the park within the building. We were able to produce large pieces of glass which had high resolution that has longevity and is easy to maintain.”
– Lee & Sandra Dunne, Architect

“G.James assisted greatly at the design stage of this project. This made the process of ordering and supply of the products so much easier, with our client being thrilled with the final product.”
– Dave Stewart, NGA

Location Broadbeach, Gold Coast, QLD
Glass GJ ColourLite Image 13.52 mm

Heat Strengthened Laminate

GJ ColourLite Graphic 13.52 mm

Heat Strengthened Laminate

Architect Patrick McGuinness and Lee Dunne, Architects. Sandra Dunne, Interior Designer
Builder Stokes Wheeler
Glazier NGA
Photographer Scott Burrows

Victoria University – Printed Glass Façade

Digitally printed glass facadeThe printed design portray a design concept of human movement and bio mechanics with abstract images of a man running. Functionally the printed glass allows for light transmission while controlling thermal performance. The architect opted for digital ceramic glass printing for its short lead time, print consistency, and freedom of design where they could alter the design without the considerations of traditional screens.

The façade features 348 printed panels comprising a total area of 1600m², and utilises 24mm G.James TwinGlaze Ultra ETherm 60 glass.

ARCHITECT: John Wardle Architects
PHOTOGRAPHER: Brendan Jones

Next Generation ColourLite Technology

Cardboard CathedralG.James Glass & Aluminium has recently enhanced its ColourLite ceramic printed glass range and capability with investment in the next generation ceramic on-glass printing technology. This process is renowned internationally as one of the world’s leading digital on-glass printing systems.

Australian architects and designers now have access to a new world of high-definition, full colour glass printing capabilities, including photo-realistic images that will redefine the role of printed glass as a design showpiece for façades, feature walls, interior fit outs, signage and other architectural highlights.

On-glass digital ceramic printing differs from other printed glass technologies in its vivid richness, hardiness and imaging flexibility. The digital ceramic inks are made from microscopic glass particles and inorganic pigments that are fused to the surface of glass through the glass furnacing process. The result is an extremely durable product that is highly resistant to fading. ColourLite ceramic printed glass is a truly robust imaging system with the capacity to handle the most expressive, forceful design ideas.

Lewis Saragossi, Managing Director and Chairman of G.James, says as a local manufacturer, he and his team are delighted to introduce new ColourLite capabilities to Australian architects and designers.

“We are very excited to add this new technology to our extensive product line and offerings,” he says. “We have spent a great deal of time evaluating the various technology options to find the one that would best match the needs and demands of the Australian market as well as current and future design trends. Our customers are impressed with the short lead time, available from our three local manufacturing facilities in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.”

ColourLite Examples

This new imaging software allows designers to accurately portray single images over multiple glass panels, and there is flexibility to present different designs. For example, the printing system allows for a continuous design to cover the full extent of a building façade for maximum impact. This includes the possible use of full perforated imaging to the vision panels. The unique digital system caters for either individual or multiple panel printing without the excessive cost and limitations of a silk screen.

 

Whats New?

  • High definition 720dpi printing
  • Glass thickness from 4mm to 19mm
  • Automatic inline pre mix colour range
  • Sizes from 300 x200mm to 4000 x 2300mm

1. Cardboard Cathedral Christchurch New Zealand Image supplied by Dip-Tech Photography by Bridgit Anderson 2. Fletcher Hotel Amsterdam, Holland Image supplied by Dip-Tech 3. G.James Glass & Aluminium Cairns, Australia Photography by Mark McCormack

Soul Apartments, Surfers Paradise

Soul tower, Surfers Paradise - Balustrades, sliding doors and fixed windowsSoul Apartments were constructed at an exclusive location by the water at the heart of Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. The tower reaches 77 storeys, including 2 levels of commercial premises at the base, one level of leisure facilities for the resident population and the tower above devoted to lifestyle apartments.

The 243m high building was designed by DBI Design PL and built by Grocon, under the direction of the Juniper Group.  The tower is situated at the end of Cavill Avenue – the popular shopping strip at Surfers Paradise. G.James Glass & Aluminium won the contract to supply the design, fabrication and installation of the glazing – including windows, doors, louvres, curtain wall, sun blades and balustrades.

The Residential Tower Facade

The residential tower consists of 288 apartments with a variety of glazing types – a curtain wall face, balconies with sliding doors and windows. The sheer curtain wall façade was produced using the 650 Series glazing system, and fitted between the concrete support columns. Sky blue laminated glass contrasts well with the white columns in the marine setting.  The majority of the project’s extrusions were powder coated (finished) in Eternity Steel – a dark finish that blended into the shadow lines.

The balcony glazing utilizes the 445 Series sliding doors, 450 Series fixed windows and 415 Series louvres. The balustrading for the tower was done with 571 Series. At the top of the building, the shape of the balustrade glass was raked from level 60 and above to support the curved aspect. The raked balustrades required special layouts and bracketry specific to the level they are installed on to make the curve regular.

The tower colour scheme contrasts vivid blue sections with predominantly white areas.  The blue areas were created using sky blue glass, the same as the sheer wall. The white areas use a Cool Grey glass. The Balustrades match the colour coding of the area they fall in, and intensify the look with a reflective coating.

Sun blades are installed on the upper portion of the tower.  The south face at the sub penthouse level has large angular alpolic blades fitted to the Juliet balconies, creating a visual feature and angled to block harsh glare.

Commercial Levels

On the lower commercial levels, 3 floors high, G.James supplied the ceramic printed toughened glass (installed by others) and balustrading. The ceramic printed toughened glass for the awnings has a creeping fern pattern.  The 571 Series balustrades for the first 3 floors were internal and external, and include the the shopping plaza. 

QuickAlly Access

QuickAlly Access Solutions (a G.James business) supplied scaffolding to replace damaged balustrade, recently.  The affected glazing occured on level 6 and level 75.  Both balustrade glazing occur on balconies with limited space to provide a cantilever, so solutions were suggested and engineered to find the best approach. Ladder beams and other Systems Scaffold products were used for a suspended platform to provide safe access to the high risk heights.

The Effect

The glazing on this project makes a stunning impression from inside and out, and could not be accomplished without a high level of design and coordination. It was a great opportunity to contribute to an iconic building.

Capturing Light in an Urban Space

natural light -elev - east This residence has recently been constructed in one of the laneways of Fortitude Valley, just outside the Brisbane CBD in Queensland. Using smart orientation and well designed glazing features, a light and airy modern house has been constructed.

This urban block with an area of about 200m², fits a house with an approximate 90m² footprint. The architect, Andrew Wiley proposed a house that is naturally lit with a spacious feel in this confined perimeter. This was done working with interior designer Benta Wiley, to maximise the effect of light play on the artworks and sculptures intended for the house. The builder, Nick Chatburn & Co, worked in conjunction with G.James Glass & Aluminium to provide the glazing for the project.

Design

There are two façades taking advantage of open areas outside to maximise views and natural sunlight entering the 3 storey building. In particular the east elevation has a glass wall the height of the building.  This wall provides naturally light to an atrium that every room in the house opens into. Glass fins support the expanse of frameless glazing. The effect of this light well gives the house a spacious feel, enhancing the flow and communication between living spaces.

Blue glass intensifies the colouration of the sky outside – used in the atrium and sliding door/windows on the north and east faces. These large windows are made from sliding doors that enable 2100 high windows.  As a safety barrier, glass balustrade is installed to the interior. This maximises the amount of light that flows into these rooms.

Shutters sit on the outside of these windows, promote a modern feel to the houses exterior.  Internally the shutters provide an insulative shade barrier, blocking the harshest rays yet letting light filter through the gaps and cooling air that flows between them. The detailing for these doors was developed at G.James – they sit on a large structural angle that is fixed to the outside of the building to give them the floating appearance.

Natural Light Features

Natural light penetrates from one side of the house to the other with the use of glass internal doors, slit windows strategically positioned to the south and west faces, and glass roof lights. There are two of these with opaque glass on the ground level that give the office and laundry a bright lift.

The third glazed sky light is a glass canopy located at the top of the stairs, leading onto the roof. An opening at the top of a space such as the atrium draws rising hot air up and out, naturally cooling the entire house and enhancing air flow through it. The glass canopy leads to a stunning outdoor area overlooking the neighbourhood, made of self cleaning glass.  Being completely see through, it doesn’t create a visual barrier in the centre of this space, but divides the different areas up for their individual uses.

Bringing the Best of the Outdoors Inside

The entire house incorporates the enjoyment of being able to make the most of the Queensland outdoors and lifestyle – starting as you enter the house.  The front door to the property is through a wide frameless glass door.  This electronically operated pivot door opens into what seems like a courtyard complete with a well planted pond. Over the pond is another frameless sliding door operated automatically, allowing lush green plant life outside to become part of the welcoming committee. This space is in fact the inside of the atrium.

Interior Inspiration

The house is an inspiration, and a beautiful example of what can be achieved with limited space in a medium density urban area.

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Products by G.James

  • Entry – toughened clear glass into 475 series surround framing with frameless pivot door
  • Atrium – Structurally glazed laminated blue glass with fins into 450 series surround framing. (External blind by builder)
  • Hinged Internal and Back Doors – Toughened glass frameless doors into 475 series framing and glass channel hydraulic hinges.
  • Auto Sliding over fish pond – Toughened glass frameless door with 475 series glass channel surround frame.
  • Dining Window – 131 series offset sliding window, 3.6m long with a 1.2m sash.
  • Sliding window / doors – 245 series commercial sliders with blue laminated glass. Sliding shutters are made from G.James extrusions by a third party, and incorporated into the 245 sliding track. The glazing sits on large angle bracketry on the external face of the building to give it the seamless appearance.
  • Down stairs sky lights – white translucent glass structurally glazed to stainless steel pressings.
  • Glass roof / canopy – Sides are Low E  heat strengthened laminate on Stainless steel stand off.  Roof top glazing is self cleaning, Low E heat strengthened  laminate with polished SS pressings.
  • Fixed glazing – white translucent glass in 450 series framing.
  • 3 Shower screens – frameless shower glazing – one of each style -bay window, single shower screen panel and square base.
  • Extrusions finished in a stone grey powder coat.