Banc of California Stadium uses high-performance glazing systems from C.R. Laurence to increase safety, security, and function.
The new, 22,000-seat Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles will host Major League Soccer (MLS) games and be the home of the Los Angeles Football Club. Designed by Gensler, Los Angeles (gensler.com), the state-of-the-art stadium occupies the former site of the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena and represents the first open-air professional stadium built in Los Angeles since 1962. Amenities include restaurants, retail stores, a museum, and a conference center. In all, Banc of California Stadium is aimed at helping revitalize Los Angeles’ Exposition Park.
The privately funded, $350-million stadium is the most expensive MLS facility in league history. PCL Construction, Los Angeles (pcl.com), served as the general contractor on the project, and C.R. Laurence, Los Angeles (CRL, crl-arch.com), manufactured and supplied custom all-glass entrances, glass railings, and bullet-resistant transaction systems to enhance the aesthetics and function of the stadium. Helou Construction, Los Angeles (helouconstruction.com), installed the glazing systems.
CRL’s DRS door rails and Blumcraft panic handles were installed throughout the stadium, including VIP entrances and suites. DRS door rails provide clean, uninterrupted glass spans that give the entrances a contemporary, all-glass aesthetic. They feature Wedge-Lock technology that offers exceptional glass holding power and a faster installation time. The accompanying Blumcraft panic handles further enhance the all-glass visuals using a slim and elegant tubular design. They are UL classified to ANSI/BHMA A156.3-2001 Grade 1, making them suited for high-traffic applications such as sports stadiums. Oldcastle Building Envelope, Dallas (obe.com), supplied the glass for the entrances.
Select areas of the stadium incorporate CRL’s GRS Taper-Loc glass railing system. The railing system offers an ICC-ES-approved base shoe for glass railings. It’s also engineered to comply with 2015 International Building Code updates. With its clean sightlines and minimal hardware, the GRS Taper-Loc glass railing system improves views while increasing safety. Because it’s a dry-glazed system, it can be installed as much as 50% faster. CRL’s HRS handrails were installed with LED lighting for improved visibility and aesthetic appeal.
Banc of California Stadium’s ticketing areas feature bullet-resistant transaction windows and speak-thrus from CRL. The integrated stainless-steel counters and bullet-resistant deal trays are also from the company. Together, the systems provide a high level of security and protection, while allowing fast and easy communication with event attendees. The bullet-resistant glass—supplied by California Glass Bending, Wilmington, CA (calglassbending.com)—features a gray tint that reduces solar-energy transmission.
The stadium faced an aggressive construction timeframe yet managed to open weeks ahead of schedule and in time for the MLS 2018 season. “A stadium project of this size presented challenging schedules that required precise coordination between the architect, contractors, and manufacturers,” said Chris Hanstad, vice president of architectural sales at CRL. “We had the comprehensive product line and manufacturing capacity to provide a large scope of the customized glazing solutions needed to not only meet the project’s schedule, but its code requirements and design intent as well.”
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