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With Short  
Lead Time, Glass  
Installers Find Their ‘Grove’  
he project team at The Grove Nike store in  
Los Angeles had to go fast—with or without the  
running shoes.  
LA-based contract glazier Giroux Glass was  
tasked with installing 5,200 square feet of glass  
for a variety of applications in just two weeks.  
The store’s centrally located elevator needed glass  
on three sides and another glass stand-off wall  
that spanned three stories on the fourth side.  
The renovation also included new glass railings.  
The deadline Giroux was up against was a strict  
one—the store’s September 10 grand opening.  
“Due to manpower and the willingness of our  
awesome crew to work Saturday, Sunday and over  
Labor Day weekend, we were able to finish just  
in time,” says project manager Karin Scattolon.  
During peak times, Giroux had 12 installers split  
up the three different tasks.  
Giroux Glass had just two weeks to install 5,200  
square feet of glass on the interior of a new high-  
end Nike store in Los Angeles.  
Architects’ Guide to Glass & Metal  
Glass lead time was a challenge, as well,  
though Giroux worked closely with its fab-  
ricators to get it done. Santa Fe Springs,  
Calif.-based GlasPro was the main suppli-  
er. Accurate Glass, Novum Glass and  
Triview Glass were also involved.  
Giroux first started with the three sides  
of the elevator, which consisted of ¼-inch  
Pilkington Mirrorpane laminated with ¼-  
inch PPG Solargrey. After a few days, the  
team began on the stand-off wall, and  
three days before the opening, it started to  
install the glass for the stair guardrail.  
The stand-off wall was a key challenge  
of the project. The glass is fastened to  
posts using custom-made spider fittings  
and stand-offs.  
“It was time-consuming to lift the pan-  
els in place, adjust and align in considera-  
tion of the short time frame,” says  
TVA Architects, based in Portland, Ore.,  
designed the project with Nike for general  
contractor David A Nice Builders Inc., out  
of Williamsburg, Va. TVA associate Erik  
Dorsett says the city of Los Angeles requires  
special testing for certain assemblies, often  
related to seismic considerations. This par-  
ticular assembly was not immune.  
It had to undergo testing from a third  
party, which issued a report to the city.  
Then, a Los Angeles City Research Report  
(LARR) number was issued so the glass  
could be installed.  
That number stays on file with the  
municipality and is specific to the thick-  
nesses, measurements and fabrication  
attributes of the glass and assembly. While  
Giroux didn’t participate in the design phase, it  
did advise the architect in acquiring the LARR  
Giroux was invited to bid on the project in  
February 2015 and was awarded the job in April.  
According to Dorsett, the project began in late  
essentially gutted. Much of the glass on the eleva-  
tor replaced metal mesh, so the project team  
removed all of it and built upon the existing  
The store also added new 14-foot-high folding  
doors by Solar Innovations. “Those are pretty  
nifty,” says Dorestt. A glass railing terrace sits  
above the entrance portal.  
Glass on the project  
included railings,  
the exterior of an  
elevator shaft and a  
large stand-off wall  
that features a  
mural of athletes  
printed with small  
2013, though it was delayed significantly due to  
conditions of the lease.  
He says that like most of the Nike renovation  
projects TVA has worked on, the retail space was  
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P r o j e c t s  
Big Apple Loves Big Structural Glass  
New York City is  
no stranger to  
igh-end retail is a major consumer of structural  
glazing, which has become a staple in New York  
City’s flagship store sector.  
The Apple cube in Manhattan may be the most builders didn’t have to look far to find it.  
recognizable, but plenty of other examples are  
transparent glazed systems,” according to informa-  
tion from EOC.  
The project called for large glass, and the  
structural glazing,  
as high-end retail  
locations such as  
the H&M flagship  
store utilize the  
Collingwood, Ontario-based Architectural Glass  
of North America (Agnora), supplied large lites  
for the job.  
“Many of the projects we’re involved in use  
structural glazing,” says Agnora’s Kevin Nash.  
“Big glass tends to be desired and applicable for  
upscale applications where they want the exteri-  
or streamlined appearance that you get with  
structural glazing.”  
Agnora worked with Mistral Architectural  
Metal and Glazing and EOC on the project,  
which consisted of three heavily fabricated com-  
One key element, according to Nash, was  
“large, ‘squarish’-shape insulating glass units.”  
located throughout the area, such as the H&M  
flagship store on 5th Avenue. White Plains, N.Y.-  
based Taylor Architects designed the project, and  
Eckersley O’ Callaghan (EOC), located in New  
York, provided facade engineering services.  
The main entrance facade is four stories tall  
and uses glass fins to maximize the building’s  
Additionally, EOC worked closely with the  
lighting engineer to develop a light box system in  
a rain screen wall for the opaque cladding ele-  
ments. “[P]articular attention is paid to the glass  
specification and surface treatments to attain a  
unified appearance between the opaque and  
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“Larger-size units required thicker glass,” he  
says. “This was compounded by the ‘trampoline’  
effect of the almost-square sizes, which we  
reviewed for wind load and deflection con-  
cerns. These two design elements meant that the  
insulating units’ configuration had thicker glass  
components achieved via lamination.”  
The lamination also adds the inherent benefit  
of safety and security, in addition to curtailing  
the fading effects of the damaging ultra-violet  
spectrum of light.  
Another element of the façade is a set of triple-  
ply vertical glass fins that span up to 23-feet tall.  
nates ‘frame’ the façade viewing glass and with  
backlighting make the building ‘glow’ at night,”  
he says.  
Like most projects using large glass, the thick  
and heavy elements required specialized labor  
and equipment for install, and corresponding  
engineering and hardware fit to handle the size  
and weight. AGG  
Lamination for the  
large glass lites was  
critical to alleviate  
concerns of wind  
load and deflection.  
These provided support for deflection and  
added to the design intent of full height trans-  
parency,” says Nash.  
The third key element was LED backlit lami-  
nated glass with a white interlayer. “These lami-  
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