Great Glazing: L.A. Live Tower and Residences


Photos by Katy Devlin

The basics: Located adjacent to the Los Angeles Staples Center and the Nokia Theater, the L.A. Live Tower and Residences is the first skyscraper to be built in downtown LA in almost two decades, according to officials from Enclos Corp. The mixed use building, with hotel, residential, conference and retail space, is enclosed in several notable glazing systems, including a unitized curtain wall with colored glass and a large point-supported wall system. The project's glazing contract was $56 million. L.A. Live was completed in 2010 and received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the U.S. Green Build Council, according to Enclos.

The players: Owner, Anschutz Entertainment Group; architect, Gensler; general contractor, Webcor Builders; glass fabricator, Viracon; interlayer supplier, DuPont; glazing contractor, custom curtain wall supplier, point supported system supplier, Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel fabricator, Enclos Corp.

The glass and systems: LA Live features numerous glazing systems: 540,000 square feet of custom glass unitized curtain wall in three wall types, with units measuring 7 feet wide in heights ranging from 4.5 feet to 32 feet, with an average height of 20 feet; 25,000 square feet of canopy glass; a 20,000 square-foot point-fixed structural glass facade with cast stainless steel glass fittings and cable support system; louvers; aluminum swing doors, skylights, and canopies; canopy structures custom fabricated prefinished AESS tube and plate trusses. The project glazing includes 34 different glass types with a diversity of colors to create a uniquely patterned façade, insulating glass units throughout the tower curtain wall and special acoustical glass  in resident areas facing the freeway. The point-fixed glass is ¾-inch laminated, tempered low-iron glass with custom frit and SentryGlas Plus interlayer.

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