August 18, 2017

My Time as a Giroux Glass Intern

As a film and photography intern who hasn’t worked in the construction industry before, I’ve found my time here at Giroux Glass, Inc. to be extremely eye opening. I’m currently a film student at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, and I’ve come to find that construction and glazing are a lot like working on a film set. In film, you’ve got departments that work on very specific elements of a production such as production design or sound or lighting. In construction, you have subcontractors such as Giroux that work on a specific element of the overall project (in this case, [...]
August 3, 2017

Our History with the “Chemosphere”

Giroux Glass, Inc. is privileged to work on many interesting and unique homes and landmarks in the Los Angeles area. But back in 1999, the team at Giroux got to work on one of the most unique residences that exists: the “Chemosphere.” Situated high in the Hollywood Hills, just off Mulholland Drive, the one-story home sits on a 45-degree hillside. Its octagonal shape atop a 29-foot-tall and 5-foot-wide column creates an image that is reminiscent of a giant flying saucer. Originally built in the late 1950s for Leonard Malin, a young aerospace engineer, the building was then and is still [...]
July 26, 2017

Giroux Glass at the Wilshire Grand Center

For anyone who’s been in Downtown Los Angeles lately, it’s no surprise to hear that the Downtown area has been undergoing some huge changes. Construction and renovation projects abound, and a number of new buildings have shot up in a short amount of time. One of the biggest projects recently completed is a skyline changer: the new Wilshire Grand Center. Now officially the tallest building in the U.S. west of the Mississippi River (for now), the 73-story, 1,100-foot tall skyscraper beats out its downtown neighbor, the U.S. Bank Tower, by 82 feet. Giroux Glass, Inc. is proud to have worked on [...]
June 29, 2017

The Pacific Center Undergoes Glass Upgrades

Giroux Glass recently completed a project at the Pacific Center in Torrance, CA. Built in 1988, the Pacific Center is a 300,000 square foot, 8-story building in the heart of Torrance. As can be seen in some of these photos, the exterior consists completely of glass curtain wall – which often casts beautiful reflections. Its current tenants include All Nippon Airways, Living Social, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo Insurance. In 2012, the building was bought by the Bixby Land Company who invested in an overhaul of the building. The renovations included newly-renovated common areas, lobby upgrades, and [...]
June 22, 2017

Giroux Glass at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

Officially open to the public as of June 1st, the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is a sight to be seen. Giroux Glass, Inc. recently wrapped up our portion of the development of this grand structure. In the end, we touched just about every room in the hotel. The original Waldorf Astoria resides in New York City, but Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills marks the 26th property in Waldorf Astoria’s portfolio worldwide. The New York hotel is a 47-story Art Deco landmark designed by architects Schultze and Weaver, which was completed in 1931. The Beverly Hills location takes that Art Deco design [...]
June 13, 2017

Margaritaville at Universal CityWalk

It’s always 5 o’clock at the recently-opened Margaritaville at Universal CityWalk! Margaritaville opened to the public this past April and Giroux Glass had the privilege of installing the glass at the location prior to its opening. The Margaritaville restaurants started in Key West, Florida in 1985 and have expanded to over 25 locations worldwide, but this location at Universal CityWalk is the first one in California. Before now, you’d have to drive to Las Vegas if you had a hankering for a Cheeseburger in Paradise® or a Who’s to Blame® margarita. Now Angelenoes can just make the quick commute up [...]
June 6, 2017

Bird’s Eye View from a Really Big Piece of Glass

Black’s Beach is a secluded section of beach beneath the bluffs of Torrey Pines on the Pacific Ocean in La Jolla, San Diego, CA. The location of this recent Giroux Glass High-End Design project made for particularly scenic footage of our Union glazing crew hoisting a 1,000-pound piece of glass to prepare it for installation. One of our glaziers, Monico Gonzalez, cleverly mounted his GoPro to the glass as it swung over the rooftop of this stunning location. Black’s Beach and Torrey Pines presents an interesting problem for our crews to solve in that access to this area is very [...]
May 25, 2017

The Skywalk at the Grand Canyon Turns 10!

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the majestic Grand Canyon Skywalk, a structure that Giroux Glass proudly worked on and which opened to the public on March 28, 2007. The horizontal cantilever bridge juts out over the west side of the Grand Canyon in Arizona in a curved U-shape that gives visitors a sweeping view of the canyon below. Pedestrians can walk 70 feet out past the cliff’s edge and stand 4,000 feet above the Colorado River. The Skywalk contains 46 custom-built glass panels that are almost three inches thick and weigh a total of 83,000 pounds. They contain [...]