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Arena reflects Las Vegas

Photo: J Rick Martin PhotographyPopulous Inc. drew inspiration for building materials and its design for T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas from surrounding entertainment attractions and natural environment. Robert Norvell is associate principal architect at Populous. "It was our mission from the start to bring the opposing aspects of Las Vegas, the [Las Vegas] Strip and the desert to a nexus point in the exterior design of T-Mobile Arena," Norvell says. "This goal heavily dictated how we planned the construction process, and which building materials we finally decided upon."

Populous designed the north and west façades with bowed metal bands that refer to mountainous topography. To construct the bands, A.R.J. Inc. fabricated more than 100,000 square feet of metal shingles in nine custom coatings. Valspar Corp. produced the nine custom coatings from three Fluropon Classic II colors: Flaxen Gold, Titan Gold and Chestnut.

Crown Corr Inc. also fabricated and installed metal shingles for the exterior. Both types of metal shingles were installed over CENTRIA's MetalWrap Long Span Series insulated composite backup panels. The MetalWrap panels, which are visible on the interior, function as a complete wall system with moisture protection and thermal insulation.

Additionally, T-Mobile Arena features a glass façade on its northeast side composed of 9,000 square feet of LED video mesh overlay that interlace with exterior balconies. It is a 650,000-square-foot structure situated on a 16-acre site. Inside is seating for 20,000 people, 44 luxury suites, four balconies including one for performances and an 85-foot-tall glass atrium. The design process for the $375 million arena began in 2014 and the project was completed in 2016.

Dan Quinn is general manager at T-Mobile Arena. "The T-Mobile Arena façade and overall exterior turned out to be exactly what our vision was from the outset," Quinn says.

Architect: Populous Inc., Kansas City, Mo.,
General contractors: Hunt Construction Group, Phoenix,, and PENTA Building Group, Las Vegas,
Project manager: Icon Venue Group, Greenwood Village, Colo.,
Fabricator: A.R.J. Inc., Wickliffe, Ohio,
Fabricator/installer: Crown Corr Inc., Gary, Ind.,
Coatings: Valspar Corp., Minneapolis,
Metal wall panels: CENTRIA, Moon Township, Pa.,

Photo: J Rick Martin Photography