Hard Rock Hotel: Casino & Paradise Towers

With the Las Vegas entertainment district outgrowing the Strip, the $1.2 billion Hotel & Casino expansion showcases a stylized resort with a new sense of elegance. The music-themed retreat sits two blocks off Las Vegas Boulevard and is undergoing a 1,200-room expansion of hotel and residential condominiums in two towers standing 16 and 18-stories tall.

Significant design changes were made to the curtainwall and parapet system from the bid documents. Working closely with the owner, architect, structural engineer and general contractor, the Enclos team was able to incorporate these changes into production drawings even before design documents were updated and issued. This action allowed the general contractor to maintain their schedule commitments despite the changes. Engineering and material procurement were expedited and Enclos field crews were able to start installation a mere six months from the firm’s original notice-to-proceed on the project.

The curtainwall system creates a patterned facade effect by using four different panel materials: three glass types and an aluminum infill panel. Lighting is integrated into the system to illuminate the curtainwall parapet. Typical double-span units were in 54˝ and 60˝ widths, each with six framed panels: two vision glass panels and a spandrel glass panel for each floor.

Accelerated schedule requirements and complex site logistics called for an innovative installation strategy. As this was an expansion project, the existing resort operations were ongoing and could not be interfered with. Fabrication sequencing and offsite storage provided for just-in-time delivery of assembled units to the jobsite. Installation crews worked at night using a tower crane that lifted units from a nearby staging area. A clockwise bottom-up wrap, covering two-stories with each level of units, proved optimum and resulted in a schedule that exceeded project expectations throughout the erection process.

Year:

2009

Facade Area:

267,000 sq ft

Location:

Las Vegas, NV

Market:

Entertainment, Hospitality

Height:

200 ft

Owner:

Hard Rock Hotel Holdings

General Contractor:

M.J. Dean Construction

Architect:

Klai Juba Architects

Facade Consultant:

Israel Berger & Associates
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