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Old May 6th, 2014, 06:54 PM   #1461
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Truly massive core, and enormous lateral columns.
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Old May 7th, 2014, 06:00 AM   #1462
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Old May 8th, 2014, 09:57 AM   #1463
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I love how prominent the site is. It's going to be an iconic addition.

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Old May 8th, 2014, 10:36 AM   #1464
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This will make LA more like New York in the West Coast
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Old May 8th, 2014, 11:19 AM   #1465
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This will make LA more like New York in the West Coast
More like the Philly of the west coast, NY is like 15 LA's in terms of skyscrapers
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Old May 8th, 2014, 11:56 AM   #1466
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Old May 8th, 2014, 08:00 PM   #1467
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I like that LA finally gets a spire. I don't want every building in LA to be topped with spires from now on, but the variety is good for the skyline.
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Old May 8th, 2014, 09:38 PM   #1468
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I love how prominent the site is. It's going to be an iconic addition.

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yes that is a great location in that cluster.
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Old May 8th, 2014, 11:04 PM   #1469
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LA is LA of the west coast.
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Old May 11th, 2014, 03:05 AM   #1470
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A series of documents depicting some characteristics of the tower, all written by JEFF COLLINS on the Orange County Register. I guess it mighty be polemic, because of the detailed depiction of the size of the spire and other components of the tower.
First there is a post about the height of the tower, then a graphic showing some characteristics and finally, an article about the tower and the construction company that is building it.

According to this, the height of the components above the street will be as follow:

SPIRE: 1100 ft.
ROOF (Top of the "sail") 940 ft.
TOP FLOOR (Sky Deck) 840 ft.



Who will have the tallest tower? L.A. or S.F.?
http://www.ocregister.com/lansner/fe...er-taller.html

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The new Wilshire Grand tower technically will be the tallest building west of the Mississippi when completed in 2017, with the tip of a spire atop its roof hitting 1,100 feet above the ground.

But two other skyscrapers will have roofs taller than the Wilshire Grand's rooftop.

The U.S. Bank Tower, right -- which Turner Construction Co. completed in 1989 -- has a rooftop that will be 78 feet taller than the top of the "Sail" of the Wilshire Grand, left, which will top out at 940 feet.

And the bank tower's highest occupied floor will be 128 feet higher than the Wilshire Grand's top floor.

But at 1,100 feet, the top of the Wilshire Grand's spire will be 82 feet taller than the U.S. Bank Building
, currently the tallest skyscraper west of the Mississippi. The spire also will stand 30 feet taller than San Francisco's Salesforce Tower, which will stand 1,070 feet tall when completed in 2017.

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/t....html?graphics

A graphic depicting some characteristics of the tower

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/t....html?graphics






The article related with the graphic


The firm behind many cityscape icons: Turner thrives on big

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/t...nd.html?page=1
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/t...nd.html?page=2
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/t...nd.html?page=3

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Turner Construction’s Anaheim office couldn’t be busier.

First item of business: Demolish a parking garage along Katella Avenue and put up a 200,000-square-foot expansion to the Anaheim Convention Center. Next up: A 600-room hotel and indoor water park along Harbor Boulevard.

And, oh yes, there’s also the $1.1 billion Wilshire Grand high rise the firm is building in downtown Los Angeles. When completed in 2017, the office-hotel will be the tallest building west of the Mississippi.

“It’s a monster,” Turner construction executive Scott Borland said of the 73-story, 1,100-foot-tall project he’s overseeing. “All my Back East guys call me and say, ‘It’s a big job for California.’ I say, ‘It’s a big job for anywhere.’”

But not unusual for Turner, the 112-year-old company behind such buildings as Madison Square Garden and three of the world’s seven tallest skyscrapers, including the record-setting Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

The company also is a major contributor to the L.A. skyline, building 10 of the city center’s tall buildings. Among them is the U.S. Bank Tower, the current title holder of tallest in the West.
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BACKGROUND: Wilshire Grand key facts

Cost: $1.1 billion ($780 million for construction)

Area: 2.1 million square feet

Exterior wall panels: 10,220

Typical hotel room: 420 square feet (14.5 by 29)

Restaurants: Four. The Sky Restaurant on the 71st floor, an all-day restaurant on the 69th floor, a restaurant in the podium building and a coffee shop on the first floor.

Bars: Three. The Roof Deck Bar on the 73rd floor, the Sky Lobby Bar on the 70th floor and the Podium Roof Deck Bar on the 7th floor.

Pools: Two. The oval-shaped, 12-by-25-foot reflecting pool on the 73rd floor and the 25-by-95-foot roof deck pool on the 7th floor.

Offices: 400,000 square feet

Elevators: 38 (10 double-decker cars)

Escalators: 14

Concrete: 140,000 cubic yards (Of that, 21,200 cubic yards are in the 17 1/2-foot-thick foundation)

Rebar: 18,000 tons

Structural steel: 21,700 tons

Cranes: Three diesel-powered tower cranes imported from East Coast to hoist up to 100,000 pounds of material to upper stories. The Air Quality Management District issued special permits to allow operation of diesel cranes vs. the electric cranes commonly used in California.

Foundation: 80 to 86 feet below street level, supporting five levels of underground parking

Shoring: 917 "tie back" rods bolster scaffolding surrounding the 80-foot-deep hole. Rods were driven up to 70 feet horizontally into the ground surrounding the construction site.
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Old May 11th, 2014, 03:07 AM   #1471
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Cool, I didn't know this would have a beacon.
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Old May 11th, 2014, 06:14 AM   #1472
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940 feet to the crown? How lame, and only 840 to the top floor, LA needs a real new tallest.

Also whoever drew the diagram of Sears and ESB that small next to the other is an idiot because those building's roof heights are 1450, 1250 feet, morons.
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Old May 11th, 2014, 11:20 AM   #1473
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nice that this building has restaurants in the top floors and an observation deck.
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Old May 11th, 2014, 12:06 PM   #1474
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So basically a 940 ft building with a needle on top.
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Old May 11th, 2014, 03:04 PM   #1475
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So basically a 940 ft building with a needle on top.
No....basically a 1'100 ft building, with a needle on top
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Old May 11th, 2014, 08:08 PM   #1476
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Whatever, it's an attractive building. If you think it's lame, then feel free to not visit this thread again. Or if you really care, then set up a meeting with Korean Air and demand that they spend more of their money to make their building taller.

Enough whining. It is what it is.
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Old May 11th, 2014, 08:31 PM   #1477
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It's hard enough getting tall towers up in LA with the risk of earthquakes, it's nothing like Manhattan. Why do you think they made the foundations and core so thick and strong? I am just glad California is getting a decent sized skyscraper again after so long.
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Old May 11th, 2014, 09:02 PM   #1478
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I really dig this tower! Will be an amazing addition to the skyline!
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Old May 11th, 2014, 10:14 PM   #1479
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I must say I was hoping for a taller building but I do understand the extra cost of earthquake protection. However this building does fit in with the skyline quite well but the beautiful US bank tower is still the tallest in my mind, spires or antennas just don't count in my opinion.
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Old May 12th, 2014, 01:56 AM   #1480
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Whatever, it's an attractive building. If you think it's lame, then feel free to not visit this thread again. Or if you really care, then set up a meeting with Korean Air and demand that they spend more of their money to make their building taller.

Enough whining. It is what it is.
I'm glad LA is building another skyscraper but when it's hyped up so much to be the tallest and then we find out it has a 160 foot needle and the top floor is lower than even the second tallest building in LA it's kind of a let down, still an attractive building nonetheless so it's okay.
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