UCLA Marion Anderson Hall

UCLA Marion Anderson Hall

Project Scope and Description

The newest addition to UCLA's Anderson School of Management since 1995, the $80-million Marion Anderson Center is a 64,000 SF, 4-story student "lifecycle" complex designed to support the needs of students, alumni, and visitors at the Anderson School of Business. Featuring "active learning classrooms, auditorium and workspaces, and event and gathering spaces," the building aims to house everything "from admissions to student affairs, career support to alumni connections." (UCLA Anderson)

Funded completely by donors, the Marion Anderson Center was designed by renowned architecture firms Gensler and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. Giroux Glass was subcontracted to provide and install the building's highly specialized window systems, including its show-stopping central atrium.

The full scope of our glazing on this project included the following:

  • Curtain Wall
  • Operable Casement Windows
  • Interior Curtain Wall (Atrium)
  • Interior Storefront
  • Interior All-Glass Openings
  • Bi-Folding Glass Doors
  • Entice Exterior Doors (With Auto Openers)
  • Ellison Balanced Exterior Doors (With Auto Openers)
  • Aluminum Canopy
  • Glass Canopy
  • Skylights

Challenges & Solutions

The building's impressive architectural concept presented huge challenges from a technical standpoint, especially in the aforementioned central atrium. To create its airy, dynamic effect, the architects designed all paneling and windows to be skewed off the grid at odd angles, both horizontally and vertically. This required our team to be incredibly precise when sizing, positioning and installing the large metal frames and glass lites into the building's framework.

To handle the space's unconventional window placement, the Giroux Glass team employed large scissor lifts and a multi-level approach to installation, pitching frames as large as 32' at hyper-precise angles across four stories at multiple elevations. Though still challenging, this method proved the most effective for ensuring all of the pieces met in perfect alignment.

Fortunately, our talented engineering and field personnel were able to perfectly execute this difficult installation. The results speak for themselves.

Our Partners

  • General Contractors: PCL Los Angeles - Building Construction
  • Ellison Balanced Doors
  • CRL Entice Doors
  • Panda Doors
  • Alliance Window Company