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Old February 20th, 2013, 05:10 AM   #781
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Wow That is really sexy tower! Can't wait to see it when it gets built!
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Old February 20th, 2013, 07:40 AM   #782
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Video with new renderings.

Looks like a Cylon.
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Old February 20th, 2013, 10:10 AM   #783
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Here's some destructo-porn from last month:

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Old February 22nd, 2013, 04:35 PM   #784
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Old February 22nd, 2013, 05:23 PM   #785
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Nice vid, cool new renders, of the base too.
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Old February 23rd, 2013, 03:06 AM   #786
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Demo progress, taken today.



Eight floors gone off the office section of the old Wilshire Grand. At the current pace, they'll have the entire Figueroa side gone well before the end of March.
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Old February 23rd, 2013, 03:10 AM   #787
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So digging can begin before summer.
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Old February 23rd, 2013, 04:00 AM   #788
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Pretty much. Someone with inside knowledge did mention on SSP that the whole building should be down to street level by June. But if the floors come down from the other sections as quickly as they have been on the Figueroa side, it should be sooner than that.
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Old February 23rd, 2013, 08:28 PM   #789
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It wouldn't surprise me at all if this thing is out of the ground by this time next year. And I know that before people were comparing this to 1 Bryant Park in NYC but the more I look at it, the Wilshire Grand has a vague resemblance to Q1 in Gold Coast, Australia.

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Old February 23rd, 2013, 08:31 PM   #790
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Personally, I think it looks better than Q1.
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Old February 25th, 2013, 10:23 PM   #791
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New Wilshire Grand to Tower Above Downtown Los Angeles
02/22/2013
By Greg Aragon

Move over US Bank tower; the $1-billion Wilshire Grand is coming to take the crown of tallest building in Downtown Los Angeles. Developed by Korean Air Lines Co., the new hotel and office project will contain 73 stories and will rise to 1,100 ft tall, with a distinctive architectural spire at the top.




"The Wilshire Grand Hotel and office development will change the corner of Wilshire and Figueroa with an iconic building that will redefine the downtown skyline," said Korean Air Chairman Yang-Ho Cho at a recent press conference.

The roughly 2 million sq-ft endeavor, scheduled to be completed in late 2016, was designed by Los Angeles-based architect AC Martin Partners and is being built by New York-based Turner Construction Co. Structural engineering is being led by Brandow & Johnston Inc., Los Angeles.

The project will be highlighted by a 900-room, luxury hotel above 400,000 sq ft of office space and more than 45,000 sq ft of retail. An 1,100-stall parking garage will occupy seven levels below grade.

The signature spire atop the structure will be made of either stainless steel or aluminum. Standing next to a tactical approach helicopter pad, the signature spire—to be made of either stainless steel or aluminum—is a source of pride for the architects.

"This is a big deal because my grandfather did L.A. City Hall in the 1920s, and that is the only other building in the city that really has an architectural top,” says Chris Martin, CEO of AC Martin Partners. “All the buildings in L.A. have flat, truncated tops, so this is going to stand out—and we want it to."

Martin, whose cousin David Martin is the lead designer on the new hotel, says the spire and the entire exterior skin of the tower will be filled with programmable LED lighting, which will be seen throughout the city, and used to “artistically to give character to the building in light."

The project is located on the site of the former Wilshire Grand hotel, which closed in 2011. To get the new tower up, Turner must first demo 1 million sq ft of the old hotel. Kevin Dow, vice president of Turner’s Los Angeles Region, says this process began in September and should complete in August.

Once the old rubble is cleared, crews will be left with a city block-size hole, ranging from 85 ft to 100 ft deep. Dow says they will then prepare for one of the largest single concrete pours in Los Angeles history – a three-day convoy of trucks shooting 24,000 cu yds of concrete into the structure’s 20-ft-thick mat foundation.
“It is intended to be one concrete pour because, if you put a construction joint in something that large, you end up with so many reinforcing dowels across the joints that it becomes unmanageable," says Gerard Nieblas, president of Brandow & Johnston.


The tower will employ a lateral system with a concrete core shear wall, and use a series of outrigger columns and braces to help with building drift. The concrete core will be 4 ft thick at its base, and taper to 2.5 ft thick at the top floor. It will be supported by a structural steel brace frame.

Because the tower is being built in an active seismic zone, Nieblas says the team is doing a performance-based design, with a peer review committee with university professors and a practicing engineer hired to by city to review the design.

When the project is complete, hotel guests will begin their visit at the 70th story, where a panoramic "sky lobby" will be located beneath a restaurant and infinity pool. To keep circulation running smoothly, the building will use hi-tech, computerized double-deck elevator cabs.

"When people come to this building, they are going to look at the top and say 'I want to go to the lobby and restaurant on top; I want to see the view.’ So we decided to take them there and then down-feed [them] to the rooms," says Martin.
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Old February 27th, 2013, 04:39 AM   #793
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Does anyone know the occupancy rate of the current hotel prior to deconstruction? How does that number stand up to the average hotel occupancy rate of LA?
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Old February 27th, 2013, 05:51 PM   #794
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Old February 28th, 2013, 12:52 AM   #795
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10 floors gone from the Figueroa wing.



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Old March 5th, 2013, 02:21 AM   #796
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Eleven floors now gone from the Figueroa wing.

Looks like the next to go will be the Francisco/7th Street side. They've already started chipping away at the top, and green tarp went up around the scaffolding today.

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LA’s Wilshire Grand Tower on track to complete in 2016

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Timing is everything as they say. And timing was certainly key for the Wilshire Grand Tower, a 73-storey skyscraper that has been in planning for more than 20 years now and is now destined to become a reality. Designed by David Martin of the Los Angeles based AC Martin Partners, the tower will be the tallest building on the West Coast.

It will house offices on the lower levels and a 500-room luxury hotel above that will welcome visitors into a dramatic sky lobby located 70 floors up that will take them through a thicketed bamboo forest before delivering them to an open lobby where they can take in the views of the Pacific Ocean, the iconic Hollywood sign, and the Griffith Observatory. It’s an experience intended to be dramatic but after all it is Los Angeles and David Martin feels a building this special should deliver something extraordinary.

‘It’s the kind of commission that architects dream of when they’re in design school’, said Martin, who described the gig designing the tallest building in the city as a ‘very exciting journey’ and a project that has kept his office hopping after a long, slow period in which he managed to keep things going but had to lay off staff. It’s an opportunity of a lifetime, but for Martin it’s about so much more than putting his signature on the skyline.

On a personal level, the project presented the unprecedented opportunity to build on his family’s legacy. When completed, the Wilshire Grand tower and one other building in Los Angeles, that being City Hall (a building designed by Martin’s grandfather in 1928) will be the only two buildings in the city to put their mark on LA’s skyline, punctuating it with distinctive spires. All of the others tall buildings in the city have flat roofs.

Until recently flat roofs were mandated on all tall buildings by the city’s fire code. They were needed to support heliports which were seen as the first line of defense for fighting raging fires in skyscrapers. ‘Times are different now’, said Martin. ‘There are new technologies that have come along since 9/11’, such as the hardened core with high-speed elevators and redundant staircases, that now make it possible to design safer buildings in Los Angeles, and ones with a dramatic top. While the regulation still exists, Martin was able to convince the city to allow his team to build a a building that would culminate in a dramatic finish. ‘While some say the building looks like a sail and others say it looks like a wing standing on its end the building’s design is dictated by function’, said Martin.

The tower’s design is informed by three ideas. Martin wanted to make a nod to City Hall, he wanted to rethink the idea of creating a sense of place and rather than establish it at ground level he wanted to do it 1000 feet up, and he wanted also to create a urban space at ground level that was on par with New York’s Rockefeller Center. The form of the building is predicated on the site area there was to work with and the sun angles. ‘The building is oriented East West and its curvy facades are there to catch the sun’, said Martin. He designed the tower to be transparent and light weight to contrast with the surrounding buildings, which are mostly glass and granite....’buildings that have weight and gravitas’, he said.

‘Construction is on track’, said Martin. The $1bn mixed use tower developed by Korean Airlines will replace the Wilshire Grand Hotel and office site in the heart of Downtown LA’s Financial District. The project is slated to complete in 2016.
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Old March 10th, 2013, 01:05 AM   #799
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Deconstruction starting on the Francisco/7th street wing.

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I just love love this one... It ll change and beautifully impact Los Angeles's skyline
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