VIRGIN LOW RISE

Project Overview

Located in Las Vegas, the once Hard Rock Hotel has transformed into a luxury Virgin Hotel and casino. The McClure team provided expertise for the decorative bar inside the hotel’s casino. The primary structure is a steel-framed building with bar joists. Interior framing comprises drywall over curved metal studs, approximately 6,000 square feet of curved walls, and ceiling assemblies. 

Cold-formed steel (CFS) components include interior walls, openings, and ceilings. Due to the ceiling weights and existing structure limitations, all roof connections were required to attach to the steel bar joists. This resulted in a secondary Unistrut ceiling framing system to create a support network. 

The bar’s entryway features a bulbous entryway framing and a complex light shelf that follows a radiused edge. The unique protrusion was created through sheet steel plates with tabs on the edges to finish attachment surfaces. Partially through the project, the owner added curved diffusers through the curved ceiling, creating a doubly curved joint in the ceiling. To accommodate this, U-shaped “trusses” were arrayed along the curve and coordinated against hanger grid locations because the bar joists were expected to experience significant deflection and framing spanned from the roof system to the foundation. An expansion joint was required between the “wall” framing and the ceiling. Because this would create a visible line through the finish, the architect determined the best place for this visually was after the first diffuser- meaning the diffuser had to be incorporated into the truss framing. This resulted in a large horizontal offset in the wall, as both sides of this assembly are finished and visible. To maintain this, the wall assembly was trussed and fixed to the foundation, adding only a horizontal thrust to the ceiling framing above- partially gravity, partially the interior pressure. To keep the assembly economical, trusses were placed at 6ft o.c., and radiused hat channels were used to span the gaps and provide a surface for the finish.

Location:

Las Vegas, NV

Services:

Structural

Award:

CFSEI – Design Excellence – Creative Detail

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Cut Sheet

Location:

Las Vegas, NV

Services:

Structural

Award:

CFSEI – Design Excellence – Creative Detail

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