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Curtainwall works in historic building

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California building in Los Angeles was designed in 1960 by William Pereira, a notable 20th century American architect.

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California building in Los Angeles was designed in 1960 by William Pereira, a notable 20th century American architect. It underwent a $30 million renovation that transformed the structure into residential apartments. Work was completed in 2014.

Renamed The Elysian, the high-rise features 13 two-story, 1,700-square-foot penthouses with 20-foot, floor-to-ceiling windows outfitted with Los Angeles-based CRL-U.S. Aluminum's Series 3250 Curtain Wall System paired and insulating glass. Los Angeles-based Altered Glass Inc. was the glazing contractor.

Custom-engineered CRL-U.S. Aluminum Series 550 Wide Stile Doors were installed between the penthouses and patio decks on the first and second levels. Additionally, CRL-U.S. Aluminum's All-Glass Doors were installed at the main lobby entrance.

An AWS Aluminum Windscreen System supplied by CRL-U.S. Aluminum provides privacy and wind protection in the building's common areas on the first floor. Additionally, CRL-U.S. Aluminum's Frameless Shower Door Hardware was used in the bathrooms.

Los Angeles-based David Lawrence Gray Architects designed the project. Alon Averbuch, LEED AP, project architect at David Lawrence Gray Architects, says the curtainwall complements the original building's character and provides the desired energy performance. "The new penthouses built atop the original roof offer two-story lofts with soaring 20-foot-high glass walls that reveal spectacular views of the city," he says.

Linear City Development LLC, Los Angeles, was the developer. Additional features of The Elysian include 83 live and work units, a 2,000-square-foot restaurant on the ground-level, 1,200-square-foot outdoor patio, 3,000-square-foot outdoor deck with cabanas, an outdoor kitchen, barbeque space, fitness center and views from downtown to the ocean.

CRL-U.S. Aluminum, www.crl-arch.com