Archive for October, 2023

What is a Glazing System?

Thursday, October 26th, 2023

In commercial architecture, glazing systems are a fundamental element in building design. Glazing systems offer a seamless integration of glass within aluminum or steel framing systems, transforming the way we experience and interact with buildings. Glazing systems incorporate a wide range of techniques, materials, and technologies that enable the incorporation of glass elements into the design of structures. The primary purpose of glazing systems is to achieve a balance between transparency, natural light, energy efficiency, thermal comfort, and visual appeal all while keeping occupants inside the building comfortable. At Egan, our InterClad team are the experts in storefront, curtain wall, window wall, and glass and glazing. When it comes to the design, engineering, and installation of these systems, Egan will be there to assist you. 


Glazing systems rely on glass panels for transparency and natural light transmission that are supported 

by sturdy frameworks and sealed to ensure a weatherproof installation. There are various thermal features in these systems that enhance energy efficiency. Together, these elements create visually appealing and sustainable building envelopes.

  • GLASS PANELS: At the core of any glazing system lies a glass panel. It is the primary component that allows for transparency and facilitates the transmission of natural light into a building’s interior space. Glass panels come in various types, including heat strengthened glass, tempered glass, laminated glass, and insulated glass units (IGUs), each with specific properties suited for different applications.
  • STRUCTURAL SUPPORT: Glazing systems rely on a robust framework to support and hold the glass panels in place. The structural support can be made of aluminum, steel, or other materials with the necessary strength and stability to withstand external forces such as wind and seismic activity. The framework provides the necessary rigidity while also allowing for the desired aesthetics and architectural form.
  • SEALING AND WEATHERPROOFING: To ensure the longevity and performance of the glazing system, proper sealing and weatherproofing  measures are essential. Sealants, gaskets, and weatherstripping is used to create an airtight and watertight barrier between the glass panels and the supporting structure. This helps prevent moisture infiltration, air leakage, and thermal inefficiencies, maintaining a comfortable indoor environment.
  • INSULATION AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY: Glazing systems can incorporate insulation features to improve energy efficiency and thermal performance. Double glazing or triple glazing with sealed air or gas-filled gaps between the glass layers minimize heat transfer, reducing energy consumption for heating and cooling purposes. Low-emissivity (Low-E) coatings can also be applied to glass surfaces to enhance insulation properties and control solar heat gain.

Glazing systems offer a blend of aesthetics, functionality, and sustainability. Egan’s experienced InterClad team is committed to sustainability and has built hundreds of commercial projects by developing, installing, and maintaining their glazing systems. Dig deeper into InterClad services > to learn more about how they can help you achieve your sustainability goal!

Piquing Interest From The Next Generation: One Install At A Time

Wednesday, October 25th, 2023

Investing in the future workforce is essential to the success of the construction industry. Industry leaders, like Egan Company, are committed to opening doors for students to learn about the industry and explore potential careers. These opportunities are available everywhere – it is up to the next generation to see the potential and take advantage.


City Academy in St. Paul, Minn.

While completing a job at City Academy, Egan Company Electrician Cary Jensen unexpectedly found himself at the center of teaching when a group of students expressed curiosity about the electrical equipment installation he was completing. City Academy is a local alternative school for students ages 15-21 who have previously dropped out of school or have passed their traditional graduation year. The school’s goal is to aid students in at-risk demographics. Established in 1992, City Academy was the first charter school in the country and at the time approximately 25% of the students were homeless.

Investing the time, Jensen explained the installation process, from planning and safety to execution and testing. Focusing on safety, he brought his energized work tools and clothing for the students to see up close. The students asked thoughtful questions about the different types of electrical equipment, the safety precautions that need to be taken, and the career opportunities available in the trades.

“He was AWESOME – I had two [students] who were really interested and asking him questions . . . he also did a spectacular job on the install for the dust collector.  I can’t wait to finish assembly and start cleaning up the shop!”

Becky Kullman, Agricultural Education Teacher of City Academy shared.

Teachable moments often happen without much pre-planning. With an open and giving spirit, Jensen seized the opportunity which turned into a valuable learning experience for him as well. He enjoyed sharing his knowledge and passion for electrical work with the students. Jensen, re-telling the story shares, “Becky the instructor asked me if I could say a little to her class about what I was doing.  I talked about series parallel circuits, which is what they’re going over in her class.  Eventually I began telling them about the apprenticeship program and a variety of careers available to them. If you’re the type that likes building or making stuff then a career in electrical is like having a golden ticket to a future with purpose, health insurance, an automatic retirement plan, and fun.”

Egan’s purpose statement reads, “With passion and pride, we build better lives and communities – together.” Cary supported this with the belief that by educating and recruiting students from a variety of backgrounds, we can build a strong and diverse workforce that will help us to continue to grow and succeed.


It’s no secret that the construction industry is facing a shortage of skilled workers. In order to meet the demand for new construction and renovations, the industry needs to recruit and train new workers. Committed to this effort, Egan has partnered with local schools, programs like Lake Street Works which set students up with a baseline of trades knowledge, and offers apprenticeship programs.

By teaching students about the construction industry and providing them with opportunities to learn from experienced workers, Egan is helping build the workforce of tomorrow. Jensen’s experience at this local alternative school is a great example of this commitment. By educating students about the different trades involved in construction, Jensen helped to plant the seeds for future careers in the industry.

Sharing Egan’s Expertise At Southeastern Food Processors Association

Monday, October 23rd, 2023

Discussing the benefits of automation control, Egan Company Controls Engineer, Morgan Barth presented during a breakout presentation at the 2023 Southeastern Food Processors Association (SFPA) Annual Convention. 

Barth discussed the challenges facing the industry today, noting that the key benefits of automating food processing include lower operating costs, enhanced safety, minimized human error, data-driven insights, and compliance with regulations. His presentation was followed by a question and answer session where attendees were able to pose their questions to Barth.

The food processing industry is facing a number of challenges, including the need to produce safe, affordable, and sustainable food. The future of food processing will be transformed by new technologies and the growing demand for personalized food products.

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What does a Limited Energy Technician do?

Thursday, October 5th, 2023

Technology permeates nearly every aspect of our lives and the demand for skilled professionals in various technical fields continues to grow. Among these professionals, Limited Energy Technicians play a vital role in ensuring the efficient operation and maintenance of crucial low-voltage electrical systems.

A Limited Energy Technician—also known as a Low-Voltage Technician or Power-Limited Technician—specializes in the installation, maintenance, and repair of low-voltage electrical systems. These systems typically include security and surveillance systems, fire alarms, data networks, audiovisual (AV) equipment, telecommunications systems, and various other electronic devices.

Since 1989, Egan Company has specialized in low voltage and technology systems. With over 50 skilled limited energy technicians, Egan works on a wide range of projects, including stadiums/arenas, corporate offices, education buildings, housing, manufacturing facilities, and more.


  • Installation: Limited Energy Technicians are responsible for the proper installation of low-voltage systems. This involves interpreting drawings, planning the layout of wiring and equipment, and executing installations according to industry standards and local regulations.
  • Maintenance and Repair: They perform routine maintenance tasks to ensure the optimal functioning of low-voltage systems. This includes inspecting, testing, and troubleshooting systems to identify and resolve any issues that may arise. Limited Energy Technicians must be adept at diagnosing problems and implementing effective solutions promptly.
  • System Upgrades: As technology advances, Limited Energy Technicians play a key role in upgrading existing systems to keep pace with changing requirements. They assess system performance, recommend upgrades or modifications, and implement necessary changes to improve efficiency and functionality.
  • Collaboration: Limited Energy Technicians often work closely with other professionals, such as electrical engineers, project managers, and clients, to ensure seamless integration of low-voltage systems with broader infrastructure. Effective communication and teamwork skills are essential in this collaborative environment.
  • Compliance and Safety: Limited Energy Technicians are well-versed in local building codes and safety regulations. They ensure that all installations and repairs adhere to these guidelines to guarantee the safety and well-being of the occupants and the longevity of the systems.


The role of a Limited Energy Technician is integral to the successful operation of low-voltage electrical systems. Their expertise in installation, maintenance, repair, and system upgrades ensures the efficient functioning of security, telecommunications, and other electronic systems in any commercial or industrial facility. Whether you have a low voltage need or if you are looking to learn more about a career in the trade, Egan Company is your go-to resource. Explore Egan’s Limited Energy offerings further >