Las Vegas Sands Corporation
The Stubbins Associates
40 stories (475ft), 2,700,000 sqft
Design/build facade program including 350,000 sqft of unitized curtainwall, 2,150 prefabricated and pre-glazed units
The Venetian Las Vegas is the world’s third largest hotel with over 3,000 rooms. Its 36-acre site includes over 500,000 square feet of retail and entertainment space and a half-million square feet of new convention space linked to the adjacent Sands Expo and Convention Center.
Constraint and adversity are often the mothers of invention. The high profile location on the heavily populated Vegas Strip challenged construction crews with limited access to the site. Enclos engineers, project managers and the site operations team put their heads together and conceived a highly efficient installation strategy that has set the standard for many projects to come. A custom unitized system was developed by the design team with oversized units spanning two entire floors. These double-span units were delivered on flatbed trailers on a just-in-time basis to support the site operation crews. The units were then hoisted from trailers two at a time, positioned and installed by the crews during graveyard shifts to keep the tower crane free for other trades throughout the day. This strategy has since been used on many projects by Enclos with significant improvements to project cost and schedule.