Wilshire Grand, tallest building west of Miss., opens in LA

Elias Hubbard
June 26, 2017

The group held last Friday (local time) the opening ceremony for L.A.'s now tallest building located between downtown Wilshire and Figueroa. The parent company for Korea's largest flag carrier Korean Air Lines Co. acquired the Wilshire Grand Hotel in 1989 through its USA entity Hanjin International Corp.

The 73-story, 1,100-foot-high (335.3 meters) Wilshire Grand Center, the tallest building west of the MS, opens Friday, celebrating with lights and fanfare in a once-stodgy downtown that has erupted in new skyscrapers. The downtown LA building is 73 stories of glass windows and stretches some 1,110 feet in the air. In the United States, One World Trade Center is 1,776 feet tall, making it the sixth-largest completed building in the world.

Almost a fifth of a mile up in the sky atop Los Angeles' tallest building, two massive LED displays - each 42 feet by 60 feet - sit dormant, ready to beam messages out across the city. A new InterContinental Hotel, with 889 rooms, was incorporated into the new tower, above office space. Southern California has dozens of faults, and the building is created to withstand about a magnitude-7.5 temblor.

The center, modeled after Yosemite Valley, is an eco-friendly structure built with the latest construction methods, according to the company.

The Wilshire Grand Center is part of a construction boom in the resurgent downtown area that for decades emptied out at night as commuters headed for the suburbs.

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