The construction of the Wilshire Grand in DTLA’s financial district has been something of an aerial dance, with the pouring of the concrete core, the ironwork, and the application of glass cladding all happening simultaneously as the building rises.
Hey up!” was a shout from the crowd as the cables grew taut on a 35-foot steel beam as it began to rise to the top of the Wilshire Grand hotel.
Wilshire Grand Center, an estimated $1.2 billion mixed-use project in downtown Los Angeles, promises many things upon its 2017 completion date.
Since we last dropped by, the Wilshire Grand has become a dominant presence in Los Angeles skyline, visible for miles around. Take in four months of progress via this photo tour, with a huge assist from architectural photographer Hunter Kerhart.
The concrete core of the Wilshire Grand Center, a 73-storey tower set to become the tallest skyscraper in Los Angeles, has now surpassed the height of the eighth tallest building in the city.
KCRW’s Saul Gonzalez takes inside the construction of Los Angeles’ Wilshire Grand Tower. When completed, it will be the tallest skyscraper west of the Mississippi at 1,10 feet.
It seems like only yesterday the Wilshire Grand was nothing more than its concrete foundation, laid in a record-breaking pour (it was actually a year and a half ago).
Last February, Korean Air, the owners of the Wilshire Grand project, broke ground for a new 73-story tower with office space and a hotel operated by InterContinental Hotels Group. Workers poured 21,200 cubic yards of cement in 18 hours, the largest continuous pour in history.
Recently, the Urbanize LA team had the good fortune to receive a tour of one of Los Angeles’ highest profile projects: the 73-story Wilshire Grand. Today, we’re pleased to be able to the photos from that tour with our readers. We hope you enjoy these photos as much as we enjoyed getting a close up view of the West Coast’s soon-to-be tallest tower.
Down in the South Bay, there are plans to make Western Avenue less ugly and more people-friendly. On the other end of the county, in the heart of downtown L.A., 7th Street is preparing for a similar upgrade.