The first phase of the Lions Park Library project is now complete. The new library, located in Costa Mesa, California, replaced the Donald Dungan Library. At over double the square footage of the older building, renovations by our Giroux Glass team included two-story ceiling height, skylights and a substantial amount of glazing. The new facility is now officially open, and the second phase of the project will focus on the old Community Center, with an upgraded storefront and skylights.
This project presented some unique areas of concern. The construction of the curved structural glass wall, as well as the integration of the various glass systems within the structure, required a great deal of coordination between the office and field at Giroux Glass, the General Contractor, and the other subcontractors. This attention to detail was integral to the project’s success as the project moved along. The quality time spent in the initial planning phase ensured that many of the issues were resolved early, and that could have become problems later. The excessive amount of rain received during Phase One was the only factor that could not be controlled.
The Giroux Glass team led by foreman, Jimmy, and his lead men, Paul and apprentice glazier, Elias, worked through the complicated design, while keeping to the challenging schedule. Our scope included the installation of the curved, structural glass wall, as well as the curtain walls, storefronts, sliding glass walls, custom graphic glass, arched openings and skylights, all in eight months. Considering all of the engineering requirements that needed to be met, the installation was a great success. The mosaic walls of the ”Teen’s Room,” provided by Pulp Studio, are 9/16,” custom graphic, D2G “Mosaic,” tempered, laminated, low-iron glass.
Of course, the field team can only do their job when they get the right support from the staff in the office. Starting with contract negotiation and working through technical information gathering, and final approvals from all the department heads, the Giroux Glass office team ensured – as they typically do – that every member of the field team was fully prepared before they arrived on site.
In addition to all the hardworking people at Giroux Glass, we appreciate our suppliers for being an integral part of our team. We want to thank the following companies for making Giroux Glass a success on this project: General Contractor Tovey/Shultz Construction, Inc., Kawneer for the curtain walls and storefronts, architect Johnson Favaro, PRL for the glass doors, Sadev for the Spider fittings, CristaCurva for the structural glass Goldbrecht for the sliding doors, Pulp Studio for the graphic glass, and Glasswerks for their products and services.