Glass-clad Aria lights up CityCenter development

Photo courtesy of Viracon / MGM Mirage.

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Special GreatGlazing series for GlassBuild America 2010, Sept. 14-16 at the Las Vegas Convention Center

The basics: The Aria Resort & Casino serves as the centerpiece of the $11 billion, 17,000,000-square-foot CityCenter, the largest privately funded development in U.S. history, according to officials from Viracon, Owatonna, Minn. Aria, with 4,004 guestrooms, including 568 suites, earned Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. The 61-story hotel features energy-control glass, decorative glass and safety glass.

The players: Architect, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, New Haven, Conn.; CityCenter executive architect, Gensler, New York City; general contractor, Perini Building Co., Sylmar, Calif.; glass fabricator, Viracon, Owatonna, Minn.; glazing contractor, Enclos Corp., Eagan, Minn.; skylight supplier, Super Sky Products Inc., Mequon, Wis.

The glass and systems:1-inch thick radiant low-emissivity insulating glass with argon gas, VRE1-38, consisting of one ¼-inch lite with VRE-38 coating on the No. 2 surface; ½-inch argon space; ¼-inch clear lite. 1-inch Solarscreen low-E insulating glass, VE1-2M, consisting of one ¼-inch clear lite with VE-2M coating on the No. 2 surface, ½-inch airspace, ¼-inch clear lite.