A New Hotspot for A New Generation

Haute Living magazine dubbed it one of five new hotels that will change the Las Vegas strip–and the SLS Hotel & Casino is working to do just that. The SLS recently opened its doors and brings “a contemporary twist on the classic, ‘Old Vegas’ feel.” The former Rat Pack-era Sahara Hotel was renovated into an ultramodern boutique hotel and casino reminiscent of Hollywood Boulevard and The Sunset Strip. Both Gensler and RCDF were involved with the project, which features a glassy façade of Guardian’s SunGuard SNR43 and SunGuard AG 50 glass. Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope® was the fabricator, and Heinaman Contract Glazing installed the glass.

The SLS Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas features Guardian's high-performance glass.
The SLS Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas features Guardian’s high-performance glass.

Guardian SunGuard SNR 43 provides a “super-low” solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of 0.23 on clear float glass and a 1.88 light-to-solar gain (LSG) ratio. Its neutral color provides a light silver exterior appearance and medium reflectivity that brings the glass to life. SunGuard AG 50 also adds high visible light transmission with medium reflectivity and excellent solar control to this iconic hotel.

According to the company, “the use of two different glazing products for one project illustrates a growing trend by architects to examine the solar control and subsequent building energy management and select the best high performance, low-E products to contribute to those goals.” According to information from Guardian, its SunGuard advanced architectural glass and Glass Analytics provide facade solutionsthat allow architects and designersto explore the aesthetic and functional possibilities of building with light while meeting complex energy, daylighting and LEED requirements.

The SLS Las Vegas features 1,600 rooms, an 80,000 square foot casino, nearly a dozen restaurants and nightclubs, meetings spaces and 10,000 square feet of retail.