William D. Smith is President of GCI. He has over 40 years of experience in the design and construction of glazing systems and building envelopes. Mr. Smith has been involved in numerous industry organizations and currently is a member of the Construction Specifications Institute and the American Society for Testing and Materials, and also serves as a director of the Southeast Glass Association, Inc. He is a state licensed building contractor and founder of the Glazier’s Apprenticeship Program that trained many young men and women to new careers in the glass industry. Mr. Smith is recognized as an expert in the field of windows, doors, glass, and exterior wall systems, including all aspects of weatherproofing and water intrusion. He is an authority on Exterior Insulation Finish Systems (EIFS), sealants, and waterproofing systems, and has an extensive history of forensic building investigation. Mr. Smith has demonstrated his expertise in the field of hurricane damage and development of hurricane protection systems. He has performed many post-hurricane damage investigations. Mr. Smith has designed a variety of glazing applications for new construction projects including windows, doors and glazed curtain walls as well as specialty glazing system for exhibits and blast resistance.
Mr. Smith has published a number of papers on water infiltration, quality control construction methods, and testing procedures for hurricane resistant glazing systems. He has been a speaker at meetings of the American Architectural Manufacturer’s Assn., the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Building Officials and Code Administrators International, the American Society for Testing and Materials and Window and Door Manufacturers Assn.