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The Wilshire Grand Center


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The Wilshire Grand Center will be easy to spot in the Los Angeles skyline once it is completed in 2017. At 1,100 feet in total height, the 73-story, $1 billion-plus development will be the tallest structure in not only the city, but also the entire Western United States. Work on the Wilshire Grand Tower began in 2012 with the demolition of the 1.2 million-square-foot Wilshire Grand Hotel, completed in 1952, which the new tower will replace. The building’s distinctive sail-shaped top – constructed of structural steel and glazing and highlighted with a spire on one end – will also be an eye-opener in a city known for flat-topped structures. “The owners (Hanjin International Corp., a subsidiary of Korean Air) requested and received a variance to city codes for this building because they wanted to change the skyline of the city,” says Michael Marchesano, general superintendent for Turner Construction, the general contractor on the project. Instead of a helicopter pad required by city code – the reason for the city’s box-topped architecture – the Wilshire Grand will feature a tactical approach pad, which emergency personnel can be lowered onto to gain access to the roof. A portion of a helicopter can also touch down on the pad to let someone off or on, Marchesano notes.


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Other notable contractors include Schuff Steel, which is fabricating and erecting the structural steel; Gerdau Reinforcing Steel, which is supplying and installing the reinforcement steel used throughout the buildings structure; Otis Elevator; and Benson, which will supply the exterior wall system. The MEPF building trades include ACCO Mechanical, Rosendin Electric, XL Fire Protection and plumbing contractor Pan Pacific. 

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