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Old April 13th, 2014, 04:21 PM   #1421
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Old April 14th, 2014, 12:55 AM   #1422
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04/12/14

Wilshire Grand by Kelifornia, on Flickr

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Old April 14th, 2014, 05:48 AM   #1423
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I took this picture last month from I-5 directly East of downtown. I just made a quick photoshop that may or may not be scaled correctly that shows the approximate location of Wilshire Grand



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Old April 15th, 2014, 12:38 AM   #1424
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this is a very beautiful development for LA. Congrats
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Old April 19th, 2014, 05:25 AM   #1425
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From today 4/18/14
Were slowing rising finally getting to level P4, pouring for the core should begin next week.
100_7503 by rudowntown, on Flickr
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Parking structure is taking shape with columns and walls appearing.
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Old April 19th, 2014, 12:57 PM   #1426
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While researching this project, I found tons of renderings in this PDF:

http://planning.lacity.org/eir/Wilsh...0Resources.pdf

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Old April 19th, 2014, 09:12 PM   #1427
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Those are all renderings of an older iteration of the project, as should be obvious given the second tower
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Old April 20th, 2014, 01:06 AM   #1428
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After seeing those old renderings I feel Slightly Cheated by the current project
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Old April 20th, 2014, 02:06 AM   #1429
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In a way, I do too. But considering the office vacancy in Downtown LA, a 1,250 ft office tower never seemed realistic.
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Old April 20th, 2014, 05:23 AM   #1430
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In a way, I do too. But considering the office vacancy in Downtown LA, a 1,250 ft office tower never seemed realistic.
LA really needs to start centralizing, it's a huge global city and needs more density.

Why is there such a vacancy though?
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Old April 20th, 2014, 09:05 PM   #1431
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Pics taken by me on 20 Apr 2014

Latest pics of the Wilshire Grand Tower site...

THE THREE CRANES OF WILSHIRE GRAND

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Old April 21st, 2014, 12:09 AM   #1432
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Awesome. The amount of rebar is amazing.
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Old April 21st, 2014, 04:40 AM   #1433
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Those cranes are actually the same 3 WTC was going to use until they were banned in New York.
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Old April 21st, 2014, 02:38 PM   #1434
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Why we're they banned?
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Old April 25th, 2014, 08:05 PM   #1435
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It's happy seeing more supertalls in Hollywood.
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Old April 25th, 2014, 08:27 PM   #1436
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It's happy seeing more supertalls in Hollywood.
Too bad this tower is not in Hollywood. Hollywood is a district in Los Angeles. This tower is in downtown L.A.
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Old April 25th, 2014, 09:04 PM   #1437
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Too bad this tower is not in Hollywood. Hollywood is a district in Los Angeles. This tower is in downtown L.A.
There's no reason for such a tall tower to be in Hollywood, a low-density district. It belongs in Downtown where it fits in well with the rest of the skyscrapers.
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Old April 25th, 2014, 09:15 PM   #1438
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He was correcting NanoMini's post, not suggesting it should have been built in Hollywood.

That aside, I'd disagree with your assessment. Hollywood is much denser than downtown in terms of population (DTLA is among the least densely populated parts of the city actually), and there are significant moves being made to build tall there, like the Millennium towers ... not supertall certainly, but big enough for Hollywood to really start being defined as its own skyline.

Building tall in downtown is easier though, in part because there are fewer people there to create nimby havoc. People living in the Hollywood Hills pull out all the stops not to have their views disrupted by tall buildings.
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Old April 25th, 2014, 09:39 PM   #1439
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LOS ANGELES | Wilshire Grand Development | 335m | 1100ft | 73 fl | U/C

I can understand those people on the Hills. Highrises are ok for Hollywoos, but in my opinion, skyscrapers belong to DTLA or Century City.


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Old April 26th, 2014, 10:01 AM   #1440
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Quote:
Wilshire Grand Construction Stays On Track

By Kelsi Maree Borland | Los Angeles

Last Updated: April 25, 2014 01:39pm ET

LOS ANGELES—Almost three months into the construction of the $1-billion Wilshire Grand development, the project is on track, according to the lead architects and contractors who gathered at Elevate Lounge, overlooking the construction site, for An Insider’s Look at Wilshire Grand. Carey McLeod, AC Martin principal-in-charge; Brendan Murphy, VP and operations manager at Turner Construction; and Jon Starr, senior project architect for the Wilshire Grand, spoke about the details of the building and some of the challenges.

As many already know, the massive development will become the tallest building west of the Mississippi once complete. It will have hotel, office and retail space, and is centrally located to all the downtown freeways and several public transit lines. When construction began in early February, developers broke the world record for the longest continuous concrete pour when 21,000 cubic yards was poured into create the foundation. “Our claim to fame is that Dodger’s Stadium wanted to pour a sidewalk that day, and there was no concrete left in the city. We used every last drop,” said Murphy at the event.

AC Martin designed the building from the inside out, creating the buildng's signature curve. To develop the unique curvature, architects used a 3D printer to play with styles based on a watercolor painting created by AC Martin Design Principal David Martin. Because the building has a glass façade, architects were challenged to find a way to lay the glass over the building. According to Starr, bending glass can create stresses and streaks that make it unattractive, especially as light from the sun hits and reflects off the building. To avoid this problem, architects laid smaller pieces of glass out in a very specific pattern to ensure that they will need to bend only a few pieces for the building’s exterior.

The building has a concrete core wall that is 1,000 feet tall and only 30 feet wide; however, it is incredibly stable. The building is located near 29 fault lines with the closest only 1,000 feet from the building. That fault line is capable of producing a 6.2 magnitude earthquake, so the building was designed to withstand an earthquake up to 6.2. Overall, the building was designed with efficiency and artistry in mind.

In terms of economic benefits, the development will pump $1 billion into the local economy, and at its peak, the development will employ 900 trade persons. Developers believe this project will also jumpstart development of other high-rise structures downtown, further recreating the skyline. They also believe the development, which will provide much-needed hotel space in the downtown market, will fuel the expansion of the L.A. Convention Center.
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