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Old September 29th, 2012, 04:54 AM   #501
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What You Need to Know About the Wilshire Grand Work
Friday, September 28, 2012, by Neal Broverman


We saw a pic on Wednesday of early demolition work happening at DTLA's Wilshire Grand tower and now we have confirmation that the building is indeed in the throes of the long kiss goodnight. A PR rep for Wilshire Grand, which is coming down to make way for Korean Air's 70-story $1 billion office/hotel skyscraper, gives us the nitty-gritty. Regarding impacts to pedestrian and traffic flow: "Seventh is unaffected, excepted for the small bike lane," Sean Rossall of Cerrell Associates tells us in an email. "On Fig, the parking lane and one lane will be impacted. No lanes will be impacted on Wilshire. On Francisco, it will be turned into a one way street with two lanes." The demolition will be floor by floor (no wrecking balls) and take about a year. Even as the building is coming down, early excavation for the new tower is expected to begin in March or April, Cerrell says. Architect Chris Martin is managing the development through a new venture called Martin Project Management, while his firm AC Martin is handling designs. As recently reported by the Downtown News, part of the tower plans include "high-speed elevators [that] will ferry hotel visitors to a top-floor 'lobby in the sky.'"
· Wilshire Grand Archives [Curbed LA]


http://la.curbed.com/archives/2012/0...grand_work.php
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Old September 29th, 2012, 05:02 AM   #502
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What You Need to Know About the Wilshire Grand Work
Friday, September 28, 2012, by Neal Broverman

We saw a pic on Wednesday of early demolition work happening at DTLA's Wilshire Grand tower and now we have confirmation that the building is indeed in the throes of the long kiss goodnight. A PR rep for Wilshire Grand, which is coming down to make way for Korean Air's 70-story $1 billion office/hotel skyscraper, gives us the nitty-gritty. Regarding impacts to pedestrian and traffic flow: "Seventh is unaffected, excepted for the small bike lane," Sean Rossall of Cerrell Associates tells us in an email. "On Fig, the parking lane and one lane will be impacted. No lanes will be impacted on Wilshire. On Francisco, it will be turned into a one way street with two lanes." The demolition will be floor by floor (no wrecking balls) and take about a year. Even as the building is coming down, early excavation for the new tower is expected to begin in March or April, Cerrell says. Architect Chris Martin is managing the development through a new venture called Martin Project Management, while his firm AC Martin is handling designs. As recently reported by the Downtown News, part of the tower plans include "high-speed elevators [that] will ferry hotel visitors to a top-floor 'lobby in the sky.'"
· Wilshire Grand Archives [Curbed LA]

http://la.curbed.com/archives/2012/0...grand_work.php
based on this render do you think the roof of the Wilshire Grand will Surpass the Height of the US Bank Tower?
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Old September 29th, 2012, 05:25 AM   #503
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Yep. Even with the slight elevation change, I think this will surpass the US Bank Tower. It already dwarfs Figueroa at Wilshire and that building is 717 feet tall.

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Old September 29th, 2012, 05:44 AM   #504
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Old September 29th, 2012, 06:36 AM   #505
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Old September 29th, 2012, 08:32 AM   #506
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Took a look inside today. This is the result of what's going on so far.

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Old September 29th, 2012, 11:53 PM   #507
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GDI! That render really does suggest it's shorter than Library. It'll still be a gorgeous addition to our city, can't wait for this and Farmers' to be totally finished in several years.

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Old September 30th, 2012, 05:18 AM   #508
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^ That's just the angle of the picture. This should give you an idea on how tall the building will actually be.




Keep in mind that the second tower is cancelled.
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Old September 30th, 2012, 10:07 AM   #509
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Those funding/planning the project have decided their initial proposal of two towers -- one, shorter, for residential space and the new Wilshire Grand hotel; the other, taller, exclusively for commercial/business use -- was grossly overcompensating the demand for commercial floor space in Downtown LA.

They are instead combining both plans into one tall, all-purpose, mostly residential tower that is based on their initial design of the first, taller commercial tower. Demolition of the site is on the verge of beginning; I believe the latest concern is asbestos removal from the old Wilshire Grand structure.
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Old September 30th, 2012, 09:35 PM   #510
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People let's all pray that this tower will be taller and if in this picture is the new building I already love it just as I love the old rendering of the two towers but tell me if is the new rendering or not please! So i can start making my new model!! Thanks!
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Old September 30th, 2012, 10:27 PM   #511
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Another thing that I like about the more recent renderings is the semi-podium beneath the tower. The podium should remove of the "plaza effect" that most highrises in DTLA have where a single building occupies a large block of land leaving most of the block open and "airy". The podium can also serve as a wall of billboards and perhaps house some ground level amenities to encourage more street life in the area? Maybe some wishful thinking.. but a guy can dream.

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Old October 1st, 2012, 03:16 AM   #512
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^ That's just the angle of the picture. This should give you an idea on how tall the building will actually be.


Keep in mind that the second tower is cancelled.
That's the old design though...
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But the height hasn't changed.
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Old October 1st, 2012, 11:46 PM   #514
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But the height hasn't changed.
You sure?

I was under the impression that it did because the design changed.

Well if not that's good then because it was tall to begin with.
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Old October 2nd, 2012, 03:12 AM   #515
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You sure?

I was under the impression that it did because the design changed.

Well if not that's good then because it was tall to begin with.
If anything, it should be taller now. It was supposed to be 2, now it's 1. It's mixed use, and by the look of the renders, shorter than the bank tower or not, it'll be ionic.
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Old October 2nd, 2012, 03:44 AM   #516
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this tower will undebatebly give our skyline the well deserved 3rd best skyline in America according to me, with a 1,250 footer, and a 1,018 footer rising above 8, 200+ meter towers, it will be massive. i think this tower will look about 100 feet taller than the US Bank tower because of the mohawk addition, disregarding the spire. and finally the views from the infinity pool on the roof will be crazy.
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Old October 3rd, 2012, 12:21 AM   #517
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this tower will undebatebly give our skyline the well deserved 3rd best skyline in America according to me, with a 1,250 footer, and a 1,018 footer rising above 8, 200+ meter towers, it will be massive. i think this tower will look about 100 feet taller than the US Bank tower because of the mohawk addition, disregarding the spire. and finally the views from the infinity pool on the roof will be crazy.
I would definitely debate that. 3rd tallest sure, 3rd best...not even close
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This tower is awesome
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Old October 3rd, 2012, 12:41 AM   #519
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I can't imagine given this unique oportunity to overpass the US Bank Tower, why they wouldn't. Even if it's by just a few meters.
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Old October 3rd, 2012, 02:06 AM   #520
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Los Angeles desperately needs a new tallest tower.
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