Los Angeles: Tallest building on the West Coast will be the new Wilshire Grand at 73 stories 1099 feet

February 13, 2013

Business

Los Angeles: Tallest building on the West Coast will be the new Wilshire Grand at 73 stories 1099 feet
The Wilshire Grand, located at Wilshire Boulevard and Figueroa Street, will surpass the 72-story U.S. Bank Tower that has been the tallest west of Chicago since 1989.

Wilshire Grand

Bloomberg

LOS ANGELES- A $1 billion office-and-hotel tower being developed by Korean Air Lines in downtown Los Angeles will be the tallest building in the western US upon its completion in four years, according to the project’s architect.

The foundation of the 335-meter tower (1099.08 ft) will be poured at the end of this year, with a grand opening planned for March 2017, said Chris Martin, chief executive officer of Los Angeles-based architecture firm AC Martin Partners. The building will rise higher than downtown’s 310-meter (1,018 ft) US Bank Tower, currently the tallest in the US West. Final renderings of the new tower were unveiled at a press conference on Thursday.

“Downtown, along with a lot of the other commercial office centres, has relatively high vacancy rates as a result of the job losses stemming from the financial-market crisis,” Robert Kleinhenz, chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, said. “But by the time this building opens it will probably be able to benefit from a recovery.”

Downtown Los Angeles, which has undergone a decade-long revitalisation, has been helped by such developments as the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall on Grand Avenue, which has lured locals and tourists into the area since its 2003 opening. The Staples Centre sports arena, LA Live entertainment complex and new restaurants and bars also have drawn people to the area.

The New Wilshire Grand
Towering 70 stories above downtown Los Angeles, the new hotel, office and retail project at the site of the former Wilshire Grand Hotel is poised to set the standard for innovation, design and quality in Los Angeles. Under the attentive eye of developer Korean Air, the project will transform the former Wilshire Grand Hotel site into a sophisticated, world-class destination that includes a four-star hotel, commercial offices and retail space. With the opening scheduled for January 2017, this $1 billion project will be an economic driver that will raise the bar for those who live, work and play in Los Angeles.

Wilshire Grand

Project Highlights
This innovative project will be a completely new and unique experience in Los Angeles’ downtown. When the doors open in 2017, the project will be one of the most advanced, sophisticated, sustainable and unique buildings in Southern California.
■With a unique “sky lobby” offering unparalleled views of the city and a breathtaking infinity pool, the building will rise 70 stories in the air as Los Angeles’ second tallest building.
■900 state-of-the-art hotel rooms, which will be operated by a flagship luxury hotel brand, will set a new standard for hospitality in Los Angeles.
■400,000 square feet of Class ‘A’ office space will attract high-end business leaders and make the building a global engine for business.
■45,100 square feet of new restaurant and retail space housing world-class restaurants will make this an epicurean delight and drive downtown’s food and cultural renaissance.
■Pedestrian friendly access to downtown, as well as local and regional transit connections, will make the project a central and easily accessed location for visitors and Angelenos.
■Innovative outdoor space and exterior plazas will invite guests and visitors to experience the true Los Angeles lifestyle and climate.
www.wilshiregrandcenter.com

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US Bank
Originally built as Library Tower in 1989.

US Bank Tower

Aon Center
62-story, 262 m (860 ft)
Currently the 2nd-tallest building in Los Angeles. Aon Center was the tallest building in Los Angeles until 1989 when U.S. Bank Tower was completed.
When this tower opened it was named the United California Bank Building from 1973 to 1984, when it ws renamed First Interstate Tower.

Aon Center Los Angeles

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