Volume 24, Issue 2 - March/April 2010

From the Editor

Las Vegas has never been my favorite city, but every year I find that I must travel there at least once, usually twice (and sometimes more) for a conference, trade show or convention. In fact, as I write this, I will be boarding a plane in just a few short hours that will take me there for Glass Week, the Glass Association of North America’s annual conference.

While I may not be a gambler, there is something I am looking forward to with this visit to “Sin City”: CityCenter.

Last December CityCenter, the new “city within a city” in Las Vegas, officially opened. The complex includes ARIA, a 61-story, 4,004-room gaming resort; luxury non-gaming hotels including Las Vegas’ first Mandarin Oriental and Vdara Hotel & Spa; Veer Towers, the development’s only strictly residential buildings; and Crystals, a 500,000-square-foot retail and entertainment district. CityCenter is also one of the largest sustainable developments in the world, with six Gold LEED certifications.

While glass was used extensively throughout the construction of all the CityCenter buildings, the Aria tower, designed as the heart of the project, stands out as a glazing showstopper. Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli architects, the project’s tower features 1.2 million square feet of curtainwall as well as two massive structurally glazed canopies and a point-supported wall system.

The glazing also played a key part in Aria’s sustainability features. In fact, the project is currently the largest building in the world with LEED Gold status. The high-performance curtainwall system, installed by Enclos, features glass from Viracon that is designed to allow in daylighting while blocking the sun’s heat-producing rays.

Green was important to the project’s owners from the start and the glass systems helped them achieve their LEED goals.

Turn to page 8 of this issue for an in-depth look at the construction of Aria.

Visiting CityCenter yourself? Share your pictures of the project with the Architects’ Guide to Glass & Metal by emailing me at erogers@glass.com.

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