Volume 28, Issue 5 - September/October 2014

Glitzy, Glamorous, Glassy Las Vegas
Newly Constructed Projects Put Glass to Good Use
by Nick St. Denis

Las Vegas is shiny, bright and vibrant—and for that, it owes a big “thanks” to glass.
In light of the upcoming GlassBuild America event in the city, Architects’ Guide to Glass and Metal has compiled a look at a few of the recently completed glass projects Vegas has to offer.

The Monte Carlo entrance utilizes ICD’s two-coat metallic spandrel coating.

The Monte Carlo Hotel

The new front of the Monte Carlo Hotel is one of a kind, thanks to the application of ICD’s two-coat metallic spandrel coating and the installation work of Las Vegas-based glazier Avanti Glass and Mirror.
Instead of a clear, flat substrate, it’s fluted.
Ontario, Canada-based fabricator Saand Glass fabricated the glass, which can be seen to the left and right side of the entrance, and above it, as you approach the hotel from Las Vegas Boulevard.
It’s the first time this particular coating was used on such a large scale project, making it unique to any other structure in North America.

Zappos refers to its headquarters as “the flagship of our sustainability efforts.”

Zappos Corporate Headquarters

Zappos breathed new life into the 1973 Las Vegas City Hall by renovating it into a LEED-Gold certified structure, which now serves as Zappos’ headquarters.
The building, which the company refers to as “the flagship of our sustainability efforts,” was recently completed using C.R. Laurence’s U.S. Aluminum Series 3250 curtainwall system and Series 400 medium stile entrance doors.
KMD was the architect for the project, the glass was supplied by Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®, and Avanti Glass and Mirror did the installation. The project features PPG Solarban 60 on clear.


Nick St. Denis is an assistant editor for Architect’s Guide to Glass and Metal magazine.
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