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.