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  Novum Structures Introduces New Glass Fastening System

— New system eliminates need for aluminum mullion support —

Menomonee Falls, Wis. — March 15, 2006 — An innovative, corrosion-free glass fastening mechanism has been developed by Novum Structures, formerly MERO Structures.

The new Edge-Clamped-Glass (ECG) System from Novum Structures, formerly MERO Structures, is engineered to provide a clean, highly transparent way to fasten glazing directly to the supporting structure without the use of a standard aluminum mullion support system.The new Edge-Clamped-Glass (ECG) System is engineered to provide a clean, highly transparent way to fasten glazing directly to the supporting structure without the use of a standard aluminum mullion support system. By eliminating the aluminum mullion, the glazing “floats” on top of the structure. This “floating” glazing and mullion-less joinery — sealed around the glass panel’s perimeter by a proven wet silicone and silicone-gasket technology — creates a transparent glass envelope.

This glass stair structure from the main level of the Rail Central Buildings (Park City, Utah) features Novum’s ECG system holding the glass guardrail beneath the pipe handrails. The ECG system can support glazing panels that range from 3/8” to 1-3/4” thicknessThe unique adjustability of the ECG system enables the glazing to be used on very complex geometries, significantly reducing installation time and helping to mitigate tolerances associated with the supporting structure. It’s also more economical than pointsupported glass, since panels do not have to be pre-drilled.

The ECG system can be used to support monolithic, laminated and insulated glazing systems. It can support glazing panels that range from 3/8” up to 1-3/4” thickness. The structural glass lay up is determined by Novum using Finite Element Analysis to maximize safety. The system’s standard finish is silver metallic powder coated aluminum.

The ECG system is currently being used to glaze a Free Form canopy structure on the Regatta Condominiums, Chicago. This new technology also will fasten the insulated glass panels on a 208-foot diameter dome structure to be erected later this year for Harrah’s Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City.

About Novum Structures LLC
Novum Structures, formerly MERO Structures, is one of the world’s largest providers of design/build services for glazed specialty structures and advanced space frame systems. The company serves as a single source for design, engineering, sourcing, manufacturing, project management and installation to niche construction markets. Architects and contractors often use Novum’s budgeting and design services during the preconstruction phase of a project.

The company’s more visible projects in the United States include: Sea-Tac International Airport, U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Stanford University, General Motors and the San Diego Aerospace Museum. For more information on Novum Structures, please call 1-800-323-0072 or visit www.novumstructures.com.

Novum Structures is headquartered in Menomonee Falls, Wisc.



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