Originally published on www.enr/california.com
When completed, the Wilshire Grand immediately became a signature building on the Los Angeles skyline. Engineering News-Record California (ENR) gave this building it’s Best Projects 2018 Residential/Hospitality award. The ENR organization reports engineering and construction news and provides analysis, commentary and data that construction industry professionals need to do their jobs more effectively.
Photographer: ©German Lopez
Photographer: ©Hunter Kernhart
When awarding the Wilshire Grand, the publication noted:
From its record-breaking concrete foundation to its signature sail-shaped roof, the 73-story Wilshire Grand Center started a new era for downtown Los Angeles skyscrapers. At 1,100 ft, the mixed-use tower is the tallest structure in the city. It has 900 hotel rooms and 400,000 sq ft of office space.
Construction began with the floor-by-floor demolition of the 1.2-million-sq-ft historic Wilshire Grand Hotel, built in the 1950s. Heavy pedestrian and vehicle traffic packs the dense neighborhood around the site, complicating work. The operational MTA Subway Red Line is 5 ft from the property line, creating complications for below-grade demolition tasks.
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