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Old December 6th, 2015, 11:26 AM   #2681
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I'm not concerned about it's roof height, or that 'the spire doesn't count.' These arguments are frankly childish, like a nagging child wanting more icecream.

This building is so much more than just another building on the skyline- it's giving investors and companies confidence in DTLA's future. Look at the flurry of new projects that have been announced during the construction of this tower- these are truly exciting times for downtown!

I'm thrilled about this tower- it looks stunning, and remember that this tower has essentially started the next skyscraper boom in the city- many more will follow after it's completion!
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Old December 6th, 2015, 03:32 PM   #2682
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Spire height counts on every other building built before this one. I agree with everything else about downtown.
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Old December 6th, 2015, 09:38 PM   #2683
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Also, the spire is incorporated into the design. If you look at the rendering that shows the view looking straight up from the fig side, the spire seems attached to a base that makes its way down the front of the building down to about the level of the observation deck. The little piece that juts out a few floors up and travels all the way to the roof shows the base/lower portion of the spire coming down the front side of the structure.
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Old December 7th, 2015, 01:02 PM   #2684
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Old December 8th, 2015, 07:20 AM   #2685
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They’ve installed a glass panel on the south façade that appears to have the wrong tint—it’s centrally located, four rows of glass below the floors with the exposed bracing. It has a blue cast to it and is quite conspicuous against the silvery reflection of the rest of the façade. I wonder if they’ve noted it for replacement.
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Old December 8th, 2015, 07:35 AM   #2686
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Just realized I can finally see WG from the northern edge of LA - The hills in Porter Ranch 23 miles away. That light on the crane is very bright.
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Old December 8th, 2015, 11:39 PM   #2687
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Just realized I can finally see WG from the northern edge of LA - The hills in Porter Ranch 23 miles away. That light on the crane is very bright.
That's the construction lights lighting up the core 850' up. In addition the 1st floor of hotel rooms above the bracing are getting glass today.
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Old December 8th, 2015, 11:45 PM   #2688
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That's the construction lights lighting up the core 850' up. In addition the 1st floor of hotel rooms above the bracing are getting glass today.
What's remarkable is that you are still in the City of LA in that location.
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Old December 8th, 2015, 11:47 PM   #2689
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It will not surpass US Bank though. It will still look shorter.
True, US Bank has greater roof height and stands on higher ground, and as such will remain the visual highpoint of the skyline. Wilshire Grand is a nice building and will enhance the skyline, I just wish it didn't have the spire, which in this case exists solely to add height.
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Old December 8th, 2015, 11:51 PM   #2690
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True, US Bank has greater roof height and stands on higher ground, and as such will remain the visual highpoint of the skyline. Wilshire Grand is a nice building and will enhance the skyline, I just wish it didn't have the spire, which in this case exists solely to add height.
It will not surpass US Bank. Spires do not count no matter how integrated they are into anything. Once you leave the highest regularly occupied level you get into "big [email protected] contest" fan boys trying to outdo each other. Wasteful and embarrassing.
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It will not surpass US Bank. Spires do not count no matter how integrated they are into anything. Once you leave the highest regularly occupied level you get into "big [email protected] contest" fan boys trying to outdo each other. Wasteful and embarrassing.
They do count in regards to documented official height. Not different public opinions out there. If spires don't count they better change the height of every building with one including the BK that has a pipe for the top part. The KT under construction they say will be the 1st building to reach 1 kilometer 3,280' Yet there are no floors for the top 1000'
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Old December 9th, 2015, 01:48 AM   #2692
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That's the construction lights lighting up the core 850' up. In addition the 1st floor of hotel rooms above the bracing are getting glass today.
I would like to see photos of the progress.
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Old December 9th, 2015, 02:35 AM   #2693
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They do count in regards to documented official height. Not different public opinions out there. If spires don't count they better change the height of every building with one including the BK that has a pipe for the top part. The KT under construction they say will be the 1st building to reach 1 kilometer 3,280' Yet there are no floors for the top 1000'
I believe only SSC forumers care much about the technicalities. Visually, this building won't be Los Angeles tallest, and that's how the average person will see it.
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True, US Bank has greater roof height and stands on higher ground, and as such will remain the visual highpoint of the skyline. Wilshire Grand is a nice building and will enhance the skyline, I just wish it didn't have the spire, which in this case exists solely to add height.
While US Bank Tower does stand on higher ground, it’s not by much. There may actually be as little as a 10-15 foot difference between the elevation of the US Bank Tower site and that for the Wilshire Grand, so their highest points as they appear in the skyline will be fairly close to the actual relationship between the heights of the two towers.

Most people overlook the fact that the elevation of a large portion of downtown (Bunker Hill excluded) rises continuously as you progress west toward Figueroa and beyond.

The elevation of the NW corner of 5th and Figueroa (Union Bank Tower) is actually slightly higher than that of the US Bank Tower. Heading south, the 500 block of S. Figueroa is fairly level, with only a very slight drop in elevation as you progress toward the Jonathan Club. The elevation drops slightly more along the shorter 600 block of S. Figueroa (PWC Tower). And by the time you cross Wilshire to the Wilshire Grand site, you’re still likely to be no more than 15 feet lower than the elevation of the US Bank Tower site.
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Old December 9th, 2015, 04:26 AM   #2695
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I believe only SSC forumers care much about the technicalities. Visually, this building won't be Los Angeles tallest, and that's how the average person will see it.
It is still 1,100' of steel above the lobby. And it counts just the same as any other building world wide with a spire does.
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Old December 9th, 2015, 04:52 AM   #2696
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Old December 9th, 2015, 12:12 PM   #2697
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It is still 1,100' of steel above the lobby. And it counts just the same as any other building world wide with a spire does.
But as I said, only us care about it. Place a "normal" person in one of the LA mountains and ask him/her to point out the tallest building in the city. What I'm saying is US Bank Tower will look taller.

Anyway, to me what matters is LA's skyline will become even more beautiful with this addition.
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Old December 9th, 2015, 04:09 PM   #2698
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Looks that it is already the third tallest building in LA. Pretty close to AON. The core seems close to top out, I think it (the core) will have approximately the height of AON isn't it?

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Old December 9th, 2015, 05:55 PM   #2699
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But as I said, only us care about it. Place a "normal" person in one of the LA mountains and ask him/her to point out the tallest building in the city. What I'm saying is US Bank Tower will look taller.

Anyway, to me what matters is LA's skyline will become even more beautiful with this addition.
I was referring to the overall 1,100' height that is the official documented height. Not the different heights that some people believe are the final heights. Such as the top floor or the roof. If you are looking from the Mountains as you say 10 to 30 miles away and can't see the spire.The US Bank will look taller. At night ask the same question and you will get a different answer with the entire WG lit up to the top of the 1,100' spire. The spire will be higher into the atmosphere then the US Banks lit up crown. What i'm interested in seeing are double high points in the sky expanding the skyline to the south.
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Old December 10th, 2015, 01:34 AM   #2700
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