Case Studies

OVERSIZE GLASS

Project Scope and Description – “The Gensler Jewel Box” at 500 Figueroa Street, Los Angeles

Gensler—a well-known architecture, planning, and design firm—commissioned our glazier, Giroux Glass, to replace a single lite (industry term for pane) of glass at their Downtown Los Angeles office building, known as the “Jewel Box.” The original glass had been damaged by an act of vandalism, but this repair was not as simple as it seems on paper. The lite was so large, it had to be specially ordered from China through a Canadian Company, then shipped overseas—a process which took several months from start to finish. Its size also required the use of heavy-duty equipment for installation.

Features:
The oversized window consisted of ½” clear, tempered glass, and was manufactured in and shipped from China, through Glass 3 Enterprises Limited, of British Columbia, Canada.

Challenges:

  • The size of the damaged panel was so large, we could not find a local manufacturer to produce the lite
  • Contacted Glass 3 Enterprises as we were able to handle the project, and communicate effectively to meet requirements and deadlines
  • Work time was limited due to the very busy nature of the building’s location
  • The size and weight of the glass piece required strategic installation

Solutions:

  • Awarded Glass 3 Enterprises as they had the ability to source and produce the glass in the size needed to make a dramatic aesthetically pleasing statement
  • Client was able to take advantage of a privately owned area in front of the building and schedule a weekend installation to avoid expensive permitting in a high-traffic downtown area
  • For installation, deployed a full team of glaziers to ensure smooth and timely project execution
  • Their team employed a Skyline spider crane to safely maneuver the enormous piece of glass

Additional Notes

Any large, involved glass installation invites onlookers, and this one was no exception. The sight of a giant crane moving a giant lite of glass across a high-traffic sidewalk stopped many a passerby.  Typically the city would require the glaziers to obtain a permit and close off traffic for a project of this scale, but a small clear area in front of the building gave way to operate the installation without having to shut down a busy downtown street. Weekend installation was arranged to avoid rush hour complications.

LAMINATE BENT

Project Scope and Description – Landmark Tower, Los Angeles  (Greco Aluminum Railings)

  • Through a beautiful railing design, the architect and Greco requested a combination of Flat and Bent/Curved glass to achieve the wrap-around balconies on this luxury highrise. With a variance of small and large panels, and various tight radius’ bent requirements, sourcing this fully tempered glass product was not possible from a domestic source to remain in budget.  
  • With the Landmark Tower located in a congested area of Los Angeles, delivery options were highly limited. The jobsite did not have access to a loading dock to offload full trucks/containers and the limited storage space on site did not allow for bulk deliveries. 


Solutions: 

  • Using Glass 3’s global network of factories, we sourced a specialized factory that focuses on high quality low iron glass and is capable to complete the tight radius bends on tempered glass. Glass 3 was able to deliver a beautiful, high quality bent lamianted glass product that was below budget, to allow both companies to be successful on this project. 
  • To accommodate the jobsites limited offloading and storage capabilities, Glass 3 worked together with a local warehouse who was able to offload the full containers and store the glass for the continuation of the project. With over 200 Crates, and deliveries spanning over multiple months – the G3E team executed many 6:00 AM deliveries to the jobsite, with the requested sequence of floors for installation.

DIGITAL PRINT/CERAMIC FRIT

Project Scope and Description – Alberta Boot, (Boot), Calgary, Alberta

Once home to a derelict industrial warehouse, development was planned to transform the former Alberta Boot Company site in Calgary’s Beltline district. Two multi-use towers, including a 390-room Marriott Residence Inn, a 10,000 square foot conference centre, and a 33 storey residential tower, have converted the underutilized space into a cultural and economic hub for the city. The 100 million dollar project included high end architectural features including back-lit exterior glass displaying contemporary art. Glass 3 was commissioned to secure a technical supplier that could seamlessly expand one detailed piece of art over numerous panels of glass to create this stunning imagery.

Features:

Three corner of the building would feature 15-30 lites of 3/8” Low Iron Tempered Glass, digitally printed with local artwork on the #2 surface, then laminated with a second lite of 3/8” Low Iron Tempered Glass. The PVB interlayer needed to be a diffused white to help the image achieve optimal clarity and effect. 8 Countersunk Holes were required on every panel as the installation would utilize a point supported system.

Challenges: 

  • To effectively take 3 images and precisely divide each among an inconsistent amount of glass panels took global coordination as the artist, glazier, and manufacturer (through Glass 3 team members) had to make slight changes to the quality of the digital image until it fit the application perfectly
  • The diffused white interlayer also had to be strategically placed behind the digital print image to ensure the image kept its natural look without losing vibrancy.

Solutions: 

  • Glass 3 team members worked with the production team for 6 days to map each panel of glass in correlation with the image that would be used for that corner of the building.
  • When there was a portion of the image that could not fit on the desired panel, the glazing contractor had to approve each change or exemption.
  • The images were divided evenly to present a seamless appearance and production in order to move to the next step.
  • In-house mockups were produced to ensure the image projected on the glass as required.
  • Through trial and error, the surface of glass used to project the image and layers of PVB had to be flipped until the most impactful display was achieved.