An enormous mesh wall with a bright magenta, 9,000-square-foot LED display overlooks the area between the New York-New York and Monte Carlo casino resorts. The LED board represents the city’s energy, while the building’s metallic skin resembles the burnt golden hues of the desert that the town is built on.
“The arena is an extension of the Las Vegas Strip’s high energy; our job with the design was to stay authentic to that sprit,” says architect Brad Clark, senior principal and designer with Populous. “It represents the color, drama and excitement the city exudes.”
The LED overlay shines over the two-acre Toshiba Plaza, which frequently hosts pre-event functions and special events. The building also features premium balconies on all VIP and public levels with views to both the plaza and the Strip.
The north and east sides of the 650,000 square-foot venue act as a gateway to the city with windows of the Las Vegas Strip. Meanwhile, the south and west sides of the building are window-free in an effort to reflect the sun during hot Las Vegas summers that typically surge past 100 degrees.
The building’s interior is just as dynamic as its exterior. The arena adapts to seat anywhere from 12,000 to 20,000 people depending on the event, while 44 luxury and eight event-level suites remain constant to provide the extravagant experience that guests expect when visiting Las Vegas.
As the saying goes, “Las Vegas wasn’t built on the backs of winners.” But with over 217,000 square feet of CENTRIA products—including over 136,000 square feet of MetalWrap™ Long Span Series backup panels—T-Mobile Arena is backed by winning metal wall products.
The multi-purpose arena required a building envelope that could not only withstand the hot desert weather but also provide exciting aesthetics for the wide variety of events the facility hosts, from the biggest names in music, major UFC and boxing events and basketball games.
But there was even bigger news on the horizon for T-Mobile Arena, which is now home to the Golden Knights, the NHL’s newest franchise.
MetalWrap Long Span Series insulated composite backup panels feature a single component design that replaces typical multi-component assemblies used for complex backup walls. The MetalWrap system provides thermal, air, water and vapor barriers in a composite assembly to maintain comfortable atmospheres in events from the Country Music Awards to the NCAA PAC 12 men’s basketball tournament.
Designed with CENTRIA's innovative advanced thermal and moisture protection (ATMP®) building envelope technology, MetalWrap backup panels feature integral attachment systems—including the MR-100 and MR-300 rail systems as well as integral clips, pintles and/or masonry anchors—for metal, terra cotta, brick facades and metal rainscreens, making it the perfect choice for mixed-medium exteriors. MetalWrap Long Span is available for projects that require backup panels in spans greater than 24 inches and can be installed both horizontally and vertically.
Architects paired the innovative backup panel system with custom bronze shingles by dealer/installer Crown Corr, Inc., creating a building envelope that provides the best in performance and aesthetics.
CENTRIA’s Versawall® insulated metal panels in Flaxen Gold complement the custom bronze shingles, while providing advanced thermal and moisture performance in a single component. Additionally, the facility showcases over 27,000 square feet of CENTRIA’s EcoScreen® perforated screenwalls creating the fascinating mesh façade to control light passing through the curtainwall exterior.
Pairing sustainable metal products and green design practices was vital to achieving LEED Gold status. In fact, T-Mobile Arena is the first sports and entertainment stadium in Las Vegas to attain LEED certification, the preeminent rating system for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.
“T-Mobile Arena’s LEED Gold certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” says Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) said, “The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and T-Mobile Arena serves as a prime example with just how much we can accomplish.”
In addition to pre- and post-consumer recycled building products, T-Mobile Arena features high-efficiency LED lighting and exceptional water conservation measures that reduce water consumption to 40 percent below code requirements.
Dealer/Installer: Crown Corr, Inc.
General Contractors: Hunt Construction Group;
PENTA Building Group
MetalWrap Long Span Series; 136,104 square feet
Versawall Vertical; Flaxen Gold; 25,391 square feet
EcoScreen Perforated Screenwall; 27,589 square feet
Super-Rib; Slate Gray; 20,997 square feet
IW Series IW-10; Regal White; 9,190 square feet
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