An Insider’s Tour of the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]What a thrill it was for Monica Molinaro and me to get a private tour of the gorgeous new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. We have previously published a few posts on the project (see 6/23/16 and 5/11/16), but it’s the first time that the two of us got to see this amazing venue’s impressive 650,000 square feet of sport and entertainment space — and also the projects completed by Giroux Glass, Inc. From the moment we entered the row of double glass entrance doors, (installed by Giroux Glass), our jaws dropped and we continued, awe-struck.

Our field foreman, Art Mortensen, and Michael Lecavalier, the arena’s manager of facilities (and also a fellow ex-Montrealer!) were kind enough to spend the morning touring us through all the different areas. Visibly proud of his new work environment, Lecavalier cited that it’s already the 4th highest-earning sports and entertainment venue of its kind in the U.S., a remarkable accomplishment for an area that still approaches its first anniversary.

Since our last visit to see the exterior, the arena has named its resident NHL hockey team the Las Vegas Golden Knights and its first home game will take place next season, in September 2017. I think no home team has ever had such impressive facilities, with a locker room area that includes hot and cold water hydrotherapy pools, a kitchen area with full staff, and (soon) massage tables and therapists on site. Giroux Glass installed the automatic, hand-wave operated sliding glass doors that lead to the pools, as seen on this video:[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”” el_width=”70″ align=”center”][vc_column_text]In that area, we had also installed the doors that lead the players from the locker room to the ice, and returned to change the opening mechanism, once the NHL informed management that they needed to be the type that could stay open on their own. We had a particular interest in seeing this area, as both of us are hockey fans, and also had never previously been inside any professional team’s locker room before!

In all, our scope included exterior panel fabrication and installation of entrance doors, as well as interior glass and glazing of 4-VIP lounge doors, 1- VIP lobby door, 44- suite-level custom laminate glass doors, 2- concourse sliding door systems, 2- MGM suite doors, 6- event-level suite doors, event-level glass corridors, along with the NHL locker and lobby retail storefronts.

Here are just a few of the many photos we took of this extraordinary facility.  Find a reason to attend a game or an event and check out this amazing venue for yourself.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1486997158265{padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_single_image image=”272″ img_size=”450×350″ alignment=”center”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”273″ img_size=”450×350″ alignment=”center”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”274″ img_size=”450×350″ alignment=”center”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”275″ img_size=”450×350″ alignment=”center”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]Thank you again to our Giroux Glass T-Mobile Arena team: Thomas Taitano (estimator), Jose Paez (CAD), Art Mortenson (field superintendent), Greg Swetz, John Smith, Brian Cummins, Calvin Boatwright, Eugene Cornett, Paige Davis, Tim Grubbs, Brandon Johnson, Richard Kelly, Blane Midkiff, Keith Olson Sr., Keith Olson Jr., Mike Perreault, Ken Sharpe, Robert Walker, and Ian Murray.

Thanks also to our suppliersPulp Studio for back-painted wall glass and laminate glass (chrome gradient & 1% spy glass); C.R. Laurence for door hardware; PRL for door glass and hardware; TruliteSkyline Design for custom, frit-patterned glass doors; Capitol Doors for auto sliding glass doors; NGI for bronze mash laminated glass; and Arcadia for aluminum storefront.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]