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Glendale Galleria
Architectural Projects



PROJECT Glendale Galleria
LOCATION Glendale California
OWNER General Growth Properties Inc.
Kevin Kennon Architects

ELS Architecture and Urban Design



CRL's solutions-based approach and quality architectural products aided the design team in reinventing the iconic Los Angeles area retail and dining venue in a monumental $57.7M renovation project.

LOS ANGELES, CA - November 1, 2013 - CRL-U.S. Aluminum's (C.R. Laurence Co., Inc) premium products have played a defining role in the large-scale 1.5 million sq. ft. redevelopment project of the Glendale Galleria. The project's seamless integration of C.R. Laurence architectural systems has resulted in a supremely functional, yet aesthetically pleasing modern transformation.

Designed by ELS Architecture and Urban Design in partnership with Kevin Kennon Architects, the Glendale Galleria has been refreshed from its outdated 1976 design. Set to open on November 8, it consists of new and improved design features that will provide a vibrant retail experience..

From extensive glass railing systems, sliding operable storefronts, "all glass" entrances, panic devices, curtain walls, and point supported structural glass elevator encasements, CRL-U.S. Aluminum products can be found throughout the entire scope of this significant project. These products have been designed and engineered not only to provide a cosmetic update to the Glendale Galleria, but to ensure that the shopping center can withstand the traffic of 10+ million visitors every year.

CRL TAPER-LOC® Frameless Glass Railings

Nearly a mile length of CRL's impressive TAPER-LOC® Frameless Glass Railing lines the entire second floor of the retail center's modern interior, offering unobstructed views of lower and upper level shops. "The new glass panels that hold the handrails are more streamlined on top, and the handrails are attached below the top of the glass. The result: patrons walking along the first floor will be able to see the second-floor stores more clearly," said Larry Martin, the Galleria's senior general manager. "It improves visibility tremendously."

This patented, award-winning system reduces installation times by 50%, and is the first and only ICC-approved glass railing system (ESR-3269).

CRL-U.S. Aluminum Elephant Doors

CRL-U.S. Aluminum's Series E1200 Elephant Door System is a sliding/pivoting storefront that features operable sections of swinging entrance doors that are adaptable to different situations. These doors provided the perfect solution for the architects' and designers' obstacle with specifying the front entrance systems, where traditional wall pockets were not a feasible option. Drawing on 50+ years of experience, the design and engineering team at CRL-U.S. Aluminum met the challenge head-on and built a custom Elephant Door Storefront System that was ADA compliant, durable, secure, and striking in appearance. Situated at the main entrances, these systems, paired with heavy wall stiles, interlocks and CRL's own Jackson brand door closers, can easily withstand heavy visitor traffic and meets code requirements with 30 psf wind loads. Installed heavy-duty tandem rollers provide smooth operation of the Elephant Doors by allowing them to easily slide behind the fixed sections, creating a vast opening for bringing sizable items (large displays, fixtures, and even maintenance equipment) into the building.

CRL "All Glass" Entrances

The Glendale Galleria renovation saw the need to outfit numerous access points, requiring entrances that matched the new design aesthetic. CRL "All Glass" Entrances were installed in these openings, adding a modern and sleek quality to the project. These doors feature CRL's premium Blumcraft® PA100 Series Panic Handles and patented Wedge-Lock™ Door Rails.

CRL-U.S. Aluminum Curtain Wall System

One of the exciting additions and centerpiece of the Glendale Galleria redevelopment is the new Bloomingdale's store. The new building front uses CRL-U.S. Aluminum's Series 3250 Curtain Wall System. Economical, strong, and highly versatile, this exterior glazed system is thermally improved by a continuous thermal spacer interlocked within the pressure plates for added performance.

CRL Spider Fittings for New Elevator Shafts

As part of the overhauled design, new elevators were built to revive the interiors of the iconic shopping center. CRL Stainless Steel Spider Fittings are mounted to the steel framing to support large panes of glass, giving the new elevator façade a compelling 'all glass' appearance.

The Glendale Galleria redevelopment project serves as a successful example of excellent collaboration between CRL-U.S. Aluminum, the architects, contractors, and property management team. This project showcases C.R. Laurence's strong ability to deliver quality single-source solutions for a major commercial property renovation. C.R. Laurence solved the architects' and contractor's design dilemmas with a wide variety of products that fit the modern aesthetic and time table for the Glendale Galleria project.

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