Giroux Glass: Our Challenge in the Sky

Constellation Place - MGM tower
Photo source
Located in the heart of Century City stands the landmark Constellation Place/MGM tower, a beautiful building consisting of large double pane windows that run from floor to ceiling.

The tower's commercial management company, Constellation Place, LLC, asked Giroux Glass' Service Department to help with some needed glass repairs -- a relatively simple replacement.

The catch, though? It's in the sky! And it's the reason why we were asked to do the job which many other glass companies would decline.

The job will require maneuvering around a low soffit and a 2-foot deck, making it difficult to assist with just manpower. The high-performance, insulated oversized glass, ranging around 62"x144"x1" in size, also needs a specific approach to repair.

Due to its size, a double-deck swing stage (resembling a bunk bed), a davit post and a whence (equipment used to hoist materials via cable) were the tools planned for the process.

We then contacted Sky Climber's equipment guru, Harold Gidish. Gidish was able to accomodate Giroux Glass in rigging the building. This September, we will use this approach and hoist over 810 lbs. of glass!

It may not seem challenging initially, but the job will require our glaziers and the glass itself to hang safely outside on the 11th floor, held by 3/8" cables tethered to the roof.

The architect's original vision for the aesthetics on this building was specific and precise, leaving the replacement process to us -- with the best track record in safety (0.61 EMR rating in CA) -- to tackle the challenge with our own developed game plan.

Along with that, the task of equipment engineering and obtaining special color glass with long lead times allowed our team only one shot at making it right.

Despite this, our Service Department is, as always, happy to help Marko Nufio, the tower's assistant engineer, and we look forward to our next challenge in the sky.

We expect to have the project completed by the end of September 2016.  Look for the future blog post with details then!

600450 Giroux Glass: Our Challenge in the Sky

See more news about:

Others also read

MY Shower Door and Mappi: a Top Ten partnership, when excellence is an everyday strength
We want to congratulate to MY Shower Door for their excellent result.
Wojan Window & Door Breaks Ground on Charlevoix Factory Expansion
Wojan Window & Door has begun a two-phase expansion project at its Charlevoix, Mich. manufacturing facility.
CGH to exhibit architectural glass solutions at GlassBuild America
CGH will be joined in booth #751 by J.E. Berkowitz (JEB), Dlubak Specialty Glass, Global Security Glazing, Solar Seal, and Columbia Commercial Building Products.
SentryGlas® delivers clarity, strength and safety at Shum Yip Upperhills
Laminated glass using SentryGlas® was chosen for safety and insulating glass was specified to improve thermal performance.
Jumbo Glass: Bigger is Just the Beginning
Building design is constantly changing. Today, strict energy codes and ambitious designs are urging architects to evolve their designs, and manufacturers must provide solutions for these emerging challenges.
AAMA National News Reviewed at Western Region Summer Summit
At the AAMA Western Region Summer Summit, Janice Yglesias, AAMA Executive Vice President, provided an overview of national developments for a range of topics, including AAMA’s education programs, the AAMA Field Test Agency Accreditation Program, ENERGY STAR®, codes and more.

From industry

10924 Granite Street, Suite 200
Charlotte, NC 28273
United States


Diamon-Fusion International, Inc.
Trex Commercial Products
Trex Commercial Products
HHH Tempering Resources, Inc.
Diamon-Fusion International, Inc.
Diamon-Fusion International, Inc.

Add new comment