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M Resort Spa Casino, Henderson, Nev.

The newest addition to the Las Vegas area, The M Resort, sits on approximately 90 acres (36 hectares) in Henderson, Nev., on the south end of Las Vegas Boulevard. The resort features 390 rooms and suites; 92,000 square feet (8,547 m2) of casino area; a 60,000-square-foot (5,574-m2) convention area; a 23,000-square-foot (2,137- m2) health spa and salon; nine restaurants; five bars; an entertainment venue; a 100,000-squarefoot (9,290-m2) pool area; and various other amenities. The building reaches 400 feet (122 m) higher than the heart of the Strip, offering breathtaking views of the iconic skyline.

According to Tom Richardson, project manager with the general contractor, Marnell Corrao Associates, the hotel has much more of a resort feel than most other casinos and it caters to locals in the southern area of the Las Vegas Valley. The hotel features lots of glass to bring in natural light and great views of the Strip; restaurant terraces for outdoor covered dining; soothing water features; a gorgeous pool area; and natural materials, such as marble, travertine and zinc throughout.

The building's unique design called for a coping cap system in preweathered Anthra Zinc. W.P. Hickman engineered the custom 0.04-inch (1-mm) preweathered black coping, using Anthra Zinc from Umicore Building Products USA Inc. The high-profile job required meticulous detailing and engineered custom details and shop drawings were produced in very specific detail with an extensive manufacturing breakdown to ensure that the coping system was designed, manufactured and installed flawlessly.

In one area, the wall width of the coping spanned 52 inches (1,321 mm), and Hickman's engineers determined that the cap would stretch, relax and subsequently disengage from a standard cleat. The engineering team came up with a way to solve the problem by designing a custom front spring that would meet the ANSI/SPRI ES-1 standard. Hickman's has pulltesting apparatus at its headquarters, allowing engineers to make adjustments to product designs for optimal performance. The RE-3 pulltest required for coping in the ANSI/SPRI ES-1 standard was performed in-house.


According to Richardson, the hotel features approximately 4,000 linear feet (1,219 m) of preweathered zinc wall caps and copings to match the fascia and soffit panels around the exterior and interior of the building. "The zinc panels and copings are an integral part of the resort's overall design and resort feel."

Additionally, the project features a unitized panel curtainwall system from Midwest Curtainwalls Inc. and installed by Heinaman Contract Glazing. The custom curtainwall system was designed to have special "air flow" vertical mullions to bring fresh air to the hotel room mechanical units, according to Don Kelly, president of Midwest Curtainwalls. The 150,000-square-foot (13,935-m2) curtainwall system included 1,700 curtainwall units.

Heinaman also fabricated an exterior storefront, which was a combination of extruded aluminum from Arcadia Architectural Products Inc. and bronze glass from Viracon and Luxar antireflective glass by Glas Trösch AG HY-TECH-GLASS. The low-rise portion of the building features approximately 34,000 square feet (3,159 m2) of exterior glass, of which approximately 26,000 square feet (2,415 m2) is aluminum-framed and the rest is an engineered, point-supported system without framing.

Bemo USA Corp. designed, engineered and fabricated more than 70,000 square feet (6,503 m2) of a custom horizontal tongue and- groove wall system utilizing 0.05-inch- (1.25-mm-) thick Umicore Anthra Zinc. The panels were installed on vertical fascias, beam wraps and inverted angled fascias throughout the resort complex.

SuperSky provided a number of aluminum framed skylights over the main lobby and port cochere, in addition to the general public promenade. SuperSky also provided a point-supported sloping glass canopy at the porte cochere.


General contractor: Marnell Corrao Associates, Las Vegas

Architect: Marnell Architecture, Las Vegas

Coping distributor: Ron Cole, Elite Architectural Products LLC, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Coping installer: Southland Industries, Las Vegas

Curtainwall installer: Heinaman Contract Glazing, Las Vegas

Panel fabricator/supplier: Bemo USA Corp., Mesa, Ariz.

Low-rise bronze glass: Viracon Inc., Owatonna, Minn.

Coping: W.P. Hickman, Asheville, N.C.

Curtainwall: Midwest Curtainwalls Inc., Cleveland

Extruded aluminum: Arcadia Architectural Products Inc., Stamford, Conn.

Luxar antireflective glass: Glas Trösch AG HY-TECH-GLASS, Bützberg, Switzerland

Skylights and canopy: SuperSky, Mequon, Wis.

Tower blue glass: Oldcastle Glass, Santa Monica, Calif.

Zinc: Umicore Building Products USA Inc., Raleigh, N.C.