Friday / November 12, 2021 / 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Detailing Approaches for High Performance Modern Curtain-Wall Systems

Christopher Glass & Aluminum, 832 Industrial Drive, Elmhurst, IL 60126

The upcoming monthly BEC Chicago program will be held in-person this month in the form of a tour + presentation.

Glass façades are an essential part of buildings throughout the world.  They contribute to building aesthetics, energy efficiency, sustainability, and cost effectiveness.  This presentation in concert with a fabrication shop tour will focus on newer curtain wall systems and detailing approaches to maintain high


  • 10:30 – 11:00 am         Arrival
  • 11:00 – 11:45 am         Shop tour
  • 11:45 – 12:45 pm         AIA presentation and lunch
  • 12:45 – 1:00 pm           Christopher Glass & Aluminum presentation


Franz Safford, President and CEO of Innovation Glass LLC and also CEO and Facade Engineer at VS1 Inc. (An Innovation Glass company), brings a unique level of expertise to the table in the implementation of innovative building solutions based on a deep understanding of metals, glass, structural engineering, design, production, installation, management, and product development garnered over 40 years in the glass curtain wall industry. He participated as a senior executive and owner in the launch and growth of three major corporations prior to launching Innovation Glass LLC in 2006. Since then, his company’s core invention, VS1, has been patented and implemented in over 100 projects worldwide. The company now has four major subsidiary offices spanning the globe and additional distributors in specific regions. Franz was one of the founding owners of Advanced Structures Incorporated (ASI) from 1991 until its acquisition by Enclos Corp in 2007. ASI was the foremost specialty structures design-build company in the US at the time. As Vice President, Franz was responsible for the design and construction of ground-breaking innovative glass structure across the world.

Julian Safford, Business Development & Sales at Innovation Glass LLC. Julian has been with Innovation Glass nearly three years and is head of the sales and estimating department. Previously at a large aerospace corporation, Julian brings a level of experience with customer relations management and business development to contribute to the growth of the VS1 brand. On an annual basis he meets with multiple architecture firms to convey the value the VS1 system can offer for modern-day design challenges. He leads the Innovation Glass estimating team as well, working with glazing contractors in the industry to submit bid packages for nearly all VS1 projects.

Parking:  Ample parking on south side of Christopher Glass & Aluminum building

IMPORTANT!!!!!! Registration is mandatory. Due to a 50-person limit, we kindly request the following:

  • Please ONLY register if you can benefit from this program because you have design and/or construction responsibilities related to the subject matter.
  • Please ONLY register if you are 99% confident that you are able to maintain your commitment in attending as we do not want to limit others that may be interested!!!!!
  • Although the host does not have COVID protocols, be prepared to wear a mask as a courtesy to your fellow BECC members.

Contact: Jeff Diqui at to request an invite.

Capacity: 50-person limit (first come, first served-  for those who have design and/or construction responsibilities related to the topic and can commit to attending)

Hosted By

Building Enclosure Council-Chicago

Learning Units

1.5 LU/HSW

Member Price


Non Member Price