News & Updates

Among New Wilshire Grand workers, a hierarchy forged of skill and daring

Los Angeles Times | Thomas Curwen

12/31/2014

The elevator doors snap shut behind Otto Solis and his fellow ironworkers. With a quick shudder, gears kick in for a rattling 90-second ascent through the concrete structure rising at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Figueroa Street in downtown Los Angeles.

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Built to defy severe quakes, the New Wilshire Grand is seismically chic

Los Angeles Times | Thomas Curwen

11/2/2014

On engineer Leonard Joseph's computer screen, the New Wilshire Grand was an apparition of white lines floating calmly in black space.

Then Joseph clicked his mouse, and the 73-story tower began to move, slowly at first, then more violently as a simulated earthquake, magnitude 7.8, shook its foundation.

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Rule Change Lets Los Angeles Dream of Spires

The New York Times | Adam Nagourney

10/21/2014

The downtown streets of Los Angeles these days are teeming with restaurants, music clubs, boutique hotels, sparkling new buildings and people, lots of people — swirling evidence of a transformation in a part of town that has always seemed something of an urban afterthought.

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InterContinental Will Operate New Wilshire Grand Hotel

Los Angeles Business Journal | Bethany Firnhaber

9/23/2014

British hospitality company InterContinental Hotels Group announced Tuesday that it would operate the hotel atop the $1.1 billion Wilshire Grand project in downtown Los Angeles.

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InterContinental Will Operate New Wilshire Grand Hotel

The Wall Street Journal | Craig Karmin

9/23/2014

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC said it won the rights to manage a 900-room hotel atop the Wilshire Grand Center in Los Angeles, a $1.1 billion development that would be the tallest U.S. building west of the Mississippi River when the facility opens in 2017.

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InterContinental Chosen to Operate L.A. Skyscraper Hotel

Bloomberg | Nadja Brandt

9/23/2014

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), the U.K.-based owner of brands including Crowne Plaza, will operate the hotel at a $1.1 billion downtown Los Angeles skyscraper being developed by Korean Air Lines Co. and Hanjin Group.

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InterContinental will operate new Wilshire Grand Hotel in downtown Los Angeles

Southern California Public Radio - 89.9 KPCC | Brian Watt

9/23/2014

Developers of the Wilshire Grand project in downtown Los Angeles announced Tuesday that InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) will operate the 900-room hotel included in the $1.1 billion project.

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InterContinental to Operate Wilshire Grand

Downtown News | Donna Evans

9/23/2014

Representatives of the Wilshire Grand replacement project announced today that Intercontinental Hotels & Resorts will operate the 900-room luxury property when the tallest building west of Chicago opens in 2017.

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Massive Skylight Would be Skyscraper's Signature Element, but at What Cost?

Los Angeles Times | Thomas Curwen

9/14/2014

Construction manager Scott Borland had no doubt that the skylight rising above the entrance to the New Wilshire Grand was spectacular.

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How the Wilshire Grand Tower Project was Born

Los Angeles Times | Thomas Curwen

8/10/2014

Geologist Rosalind Munro speaks into her walkie-talkie. The cage she is standing in shudders and slowly drops farther into a shoulder-width borehole drilled beneath the streets of Los Angeles.

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Behind the Grand Pour: Building L.A.'s new tallest tower

Los Angeles Times | Thomas Curwen

4/26/2014

Orchestrating the massive concrete pour for the foundation of the New Wilshire Grand tower was the job of a lifetime.

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Wilshire Grand Concrete Mat Placement Sets U.S. Record

Engineering News-Record | Scott Blair

2/26/2014

A continuous operation to cast a concrete mat for the future tallest building west of Chicago went off without a hitch in Los Angeles.

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New Wilshire Grand concrete foundation in place after record pouring

Los Angeles Times | Joel Rubin and Thomas Curwen

2/16/2014

The concrete has been poured. That was the word from an enormous hole in the ground in downtown Los Angeles, where crews were cleaning up after a marathon, overnight session building a record-breaking foundation for a future high-rise building.

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They'll be pouring it on at New Wilshire Grand site

Los Angeles Times | Thomas Curwen

2/14/2014

The latest addition to the Los Angeles skyline — the New Wilshire Grand, the tallest structure to be built west of the Mississippi — takes a major step forward Saturday when more than 2,000 truckloads of concrete are driven through downtown for what is being billed as the world's largest continuous concrete pour.

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Concrete Pouring Project Aims For World Record In Downtown LA

CBS 2 Los Angeles

2/14/2014

Starting Saturday, eight concrete plants will be providing concrete for the Wilshire Grand Center project at 7th and Figueroa in what contractors are billing as the world’s largest continuous foundation pour.

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