Paul Hastings Tower

Paul Hastings Tower

Project Scope and Description

Originally known as the ARCO Towers, City National Plaza in downtown Los Angeles is now home to the Paul Hastings Tower. Both buildings in this set of twin 52-story skyscrapers were completed in 1972 and designed by AC Martin & Associates. 

The buildings may reflect each other in their design, but it was only the Paul Hastings tower that our team was tasked with upgrading—replacing old pieces of bronze glass on the 51st floor, as well as granite blocks on the 52nd floor with ultra-clear, low-iron Starphire glass. 

These improvements to the top floors of the building—which boast 16-foot ceilings, an open-air patio, a large skylight, and panoramic views of the city—were required to upgrade the space for higher-end tenants.

Our Process

Our crew installed 140 glass panels in three different sizes to wrap around the north, south, and east sides of the building’s 51st and 52nd floors. Each panel weighed approximately 800 pounds.

To complete this challenging project, the team had to find a way to get 10′ X 7′ glass units to the roof of the building without use of the freight elevator, which was too small to fit them. Our team’s solution? A large crane set with two thick wire cables to transport glass and other materials from the ground floor to the rooftop. 

The remaining equipment was transferred up the freight elevators, through an open skylight, and onto the roof, where glaziers used a swing stage for glass installation.

Our team in Los Angeles worked tirelessly, putting in some long days and 80-hour work weeks, but the results were stunning and well worth the effort. The new glass-wrapped stories provide the tenants with truly astonishing unobstructed views.

In fact, from far away, it looks as if there isn’t any glass installed at all.

This was one of the more challenging projects I’ve ever done.”
Mike Duren, superintendent

Our Partners

  • General Contractor: Pankow
  • Suppliers: Viracon who fabricated the glass, and Arcadia who fabricated the aluminum framing and provided CAD drawings of the 52nd floor.
  • Advantage Metal Service
  • Arcadia Inc
  • C & J Industries
  • C.R. Laurence
  • C2 Imaging
  • Coast Aluminum & Archt-(Cod)
  • Downs Crane & Hoist Co, Inc
  • Elevator Llc
  • Gerard Homer & Assoc
  • Hilti, Inc
  • Inter-Sky, Inc.
  • Jlm Wholesale, Inc
  • Jones Lumber Co Inc
  • King Equipment Llc
  • Kraig’S Certified Mobile
  • Lindblade Metalworks
  • Mcmaster-Carr Supply Co
  • Progressive Fastening System
  • Scheu Steel Supply
  • Smalley & Co
  • Southern Aluminum Finishing
  • Spydercrane Sales
  • Sunshine Supply Co., Inc
  • Suspended Accessories Llc
  • Technical Glass Products
  • Toft, De Nevers & Lee
  • Tools-R-Us, Inc
  • Trulite Glass & Aluminum
  • Viracon