From the air, Los Angeles’ newest skyscraper looks juvenile compared its peers. But when completed, the Wilshire Grand will be 2.1 million square feet, soar 1,100 feet from ground to the top of the spire and be 73 stories tall with a sky deck that has a panoramic view.
Building the 73-story replacement for the Wilshire Grand Hotel comes with myriad architectural needs. Now, the effort to erect the $1 billion-plus project in the heart of a buzzing metropolis is necessitating something rarely seen in Downtown Los Angeles: a special cantilever crane.
The elevator doors snap shut behind Otto Solis and his fellow ironworkers. With a quick shudder, gears kick in for a rattling 90-second ascent through the concrete structure rising at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Figueroa Street in downtown Los Angeles.
On engineer Leonard Joseph’s computer screen, the New Wilshire Grand was an apparition of white lines floating calmly in black space.
Then Joseph clicked his mouse, and the 73-story tower began to move, slowly at first, then more violently as a simulated earthquake, magnitude 7.8, shook its foundation..
The downtown streets of Los Angeles these days are teeming with restaurants, music clubs, boutique hotels, sparkling new buildings and people, lots of people — swirling evidence of a transformation in a part of town that has always seemed something of an urban afterthought.
Representatives of the Wilshire Grand replacement project announced today that Intercontinental Hotels & Resorts will operate the 900-room luxury property when the tallest building west of Chicago opens in 2017.
Developers of the Wilshire Grand project in downtown Los Angeles announced Tuesday that InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) will operate the 900-room hotel included in the $1.1 billion project.
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), the U.K.-based owner of brands including Crowne Plaza, will operate the hotel at a $1.1 billion downtown Los Angeles skyscraper being developed by Korean Air Lines Co. and Hanjin Group.
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC said it won the rights to manage a 900-room hotel atop the Wilshire Grand Center in Los Angeles, a $1.1 billion development that would be the tallest U.S. building west of the Mississippi River when the facility opens in 2017.
British hospitality company InterContinental Hotels Group announced Tuesday that it would operate the hotel atop the $1.1 billion Wilshire Grand project in downtown Los Angeles.