La Jolla Commons III

Clear Span Facade | San Diego, CA


Located in a hilly, seaside community within San Diego, La Jolla Commons Tower Phase III (LCT3) is the third high-rise at the executive campus known as La Jolla Commons. Completed in 2023, this 11-story high-rise office tower features 213,000 square feet of Class A office space. The building offers an abundance of onsite amenities, including a state-of-the-art indoor/outdoor staffed fitness center, a farm-to-table restaurant with an outdoor patio, coffee bar, and modern conference and training facilities. Designed by Skidmore, Owings, Merrill, La Jolla Common III also boasts impressive technical specifications, include approximately 20,000 square-foot floor plates, nearly column-free spacing with side core construction, 13’-9” typical floor-to-floor heights, and floor-to-ceiling glass lines which offer ample natural light and striking panoramic views. With a core focus on sustainability, the structure has been designed for LEED Gold Certification; Phase I achieved LEED Gold Certification and Phase II was the largest net zero project in the country at the time of completion.

The entrance of the building is wrapped by 25-foot high-performance structural glass facades that use Sentech’s VetraSpan system to allow for abundant natural light and unobstructed views. The selection of a system with floor-to-ceiling glass panels with minimal hardware were core to the design mandate of both meeting green building requirements and enabling maximum transparency. The clear span glass spans 25-feet in height without fins or structural support. Triple laminated, low iron glass with an overall thickness of 1-1/2″ was used for this application.

The major challenges faced during the design and engineering phase of this project were the large panel deformation and seismic movement. The glass deformation was controlled through the use of clamped base connections and the seismic movement was accommodated by isolating the facade from the roof (in the direction parallel to the facade glass).

Open, welcoming and bright, this VetraSpan system brings to life the desire for connection and elegance that characterizes the next-generation workplace.


LEED Gold Certified Fitwel v2.1 Building Certification
LEED BD+C: Core and Shell


Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Glazing Contractor: Vision Systems, Inc.
General Contractor: Whiting Turner Contracting Company