Great Glazing: University of Nevada, Las Vegas William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration

Harrah College of Hotel Administration UNLV
Photos by Eric Jamison/Studio J Inc.

Harrah College of Hotel Administration UNLV interiorThe basics: When one of the top-ranked hospitality colleges in the world needed a new home, it was important that the building reflect the best in hospitality design while offering a functional academic space for future industry leaders. Carpenter Sellers Del Gatto Architects balanced these needs by giving students and faculty state-of-the art classrooms in the University of Nevada, Las Vegas William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration that boast everything from the latest in pizza ovens to open, light-filled spaces for meetings and studying. Numerous studies have shown that natural light not only improves mood and well being; in academic settings, students with exposure to daylight perform better than their counterparts who do not have outside views.

The players: Architect, Carpenter Sellers Del Gatto Architects; general contractor, McCarthy; contract glazier, Giroux Glass Inc.; glass manufacturer, Guardian Glass; glass fabricator, Trulite Glass & Aluminum Solutions; metal systems supplier, Novum Structures

The glass and systems: High-performance, low-emissivity coated glass allows expansive natural light to move through the building while managing the Las Vegas desert sun’s accompanying heat, bringing value to the building’s overall operations by helping the HVAC system run efficiently.

Guardian Glass supplied SunGuard SNX 62/27 coating on Guardian UltraClear low-iron glass and gray glass for the project. SunGuard SNX 62/27 coated glass uses triple silver technology to provide Guardian’s highest light-to-solar-gain ratio.

Fabricated by Trulite Glass & Aluminum Solutions and installed by Giroux Glass Inc., SunGuard SNX 62/27 coating on gray glass is part of the hard-working curtain wall along the building’s north, south and east elevations.

Elegant spider fittings by Novum Structures create an arresting arrival experience.