Stand-out glass on unopened Harmon Hotel


Photo © Robert G. Swetz Jr.

Spotlight on Las Vegas

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

The basics: The Harmon Hotel, a stunning, yet unfinished, tower in the new Las Vegas CityCenter development, is an oval-shaped, blue-glass building situated in a highly visible strip-front location. The prominent building earned a Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program, but remains unopened due to a legal battle between owner MGM Resorts International and CityCenter general contractor Perini Building Co., according to a July article from the Las Vegas Review-Journal. One major issue in the battle was improperly installed rebar that resulted in construction delays and the eventual decision to eliminate 21 of the original 47 stories, according to the article. The 400-room, non-gaming hotel is slated to open in late 2010, according to CityCenter's Web site.

The players: Architect, Foster& Partners, London; CityCenter executive architect, Gensler, New York City; general contractor, Perini Building Co., Sylmar, Calif.; glass fabricator, Viracon, Owatonna, Minn.; contract glazier, Walters & Wolf, Fremont, Calif.

The glass:Radiant, low-emissivity, insulating glass VRE7-38 consisting of ¼-inch Azuria lite with VRE-38 coating on No. 2 surface, ½-inch airspace, and two lites ¼-inch clear glass laminated with a .03-inch polyvinyl butyral interlayer. Two Solarscreen radiant, low-E insulating glass types: VRE11-38, ¼-inch Arctic Blue lite with VRE-38 coating on No. 2 surface, ½-inch airspace, and ¼-inch clear lite; and VRE15-38, ¼-inch UltraWhite lite with VRE-38 on No. 2 surface, ½-inch airspace, and ¼-inch UltraWhite lite.