Vdara shines with decorative, high-performance glass

Spotlight on Las Vegas

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

Photography ©Brad Feinknopf 2009 
Photography ©Brad Feinknopf 2009  

The basics: The Vdara Hotel & Spa, part of the 67-acre Las Vegas CityCenter, features a sleek patterned glass façade, enclosing the crescent shaped building. Large, horizontal windows offer sweeping views of the city and mountains, and ample natural light. The 57-story, all-suite hotel with 1,495 rooms earned Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental design rating program, thanks in part to its high-performance, energy control glazing.

The players: Architect, Rafael Viñoly Architects PC, New York City; CityCenter executive architect, Gensler, New York City; general contractor, Perini Building Co., Sylmar, Calif.; glass fabricator, Viracon, Owatonna, Minn.; glazing contractor, framing supplier, Benson Industries Inc., Portland, Ore.; custom skylight supplier, Metcoe Weiss Global, Gardena, Calif.

The glass and systems: Viracon Radiant Low-E (VRE) insulating laminated, silkscreened glass, product VRE1-38.