Mayor Eric Garcetti atop Wilshire Grand taking in the View
Wilshire Grand Center is a 335-meter (1,100 ft) skyscraper under construction in the Financial District of Downtown Los Angeles, California. Mayor Eric Garcetti stood before 900 workers at the downtown Wilshire Grand construction site early Monday morning and said “You ain’t seen nothing yet.” “This town is not only rising physically,” Garcetti said, “but we’re rising spiritually.”
The Wilshire Grand Center is an upscale world-class 73-story skyscraper in the heart of Downtown, Los Angeles. Plans for finished development are set for 2017 where the Wilshire Grand Center will not only boast the 900-room Inter Continental Los Angeles Downtown hotel, but also cutting edge restaurants, businesses, and attractive nightlife offerings. It will be the tallest structure in the Los Angeles skyline, adding to the rich cultural and economic revival of Downtown.
Workers, architects and engineers gathered Tuesday afternoon to celebrate a milestone in the construction of the Wilshire Grand hotel, Los Angeles’ most notable skyscraper at the corner of Figueroa Street and Wilshire Boulevard. The building will become the largest skyscraper in the United States west of Chicago when completed.
The ceremony, known as the “topping out,” is a tradition for high-rises and includes sending an American flag and a small fir tree to the highest point.
But Smegelski knew that the events below the Wilshire Grand, complete with barbecue and speeches, was mostly symbolic.
Months of work lie ahead before the top of the Wilshire Grand is complete: a steel and glass crown with a spire and beacon reaching to 1,100 feet. But still, the concrete core was a feat unto itself: 32,000 cubic yards of concrete and 50 million pounds of rebar rising 892-feet, 6-inches from the foundation.
Chris Martin, head of the architectural firm that designed the building, told the crowd that in one year — on March 8, 2017 — they will gather again to celebrate the end of construction for the Wilshire Grand.