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Height: Occupied
252.2 m / 827 ft
Height: To Tip
335.9 m / 1,102 ft
Height: Architectural
335.3 m / 1,100 ft
Wilshire Grand Center Outline
Height: Helipad
281.8 m / 925 ft
Floors Above Ground
Floors Below Ground
# of Elevators
Top Elevator Speed
8.13 m/s
Tower GFA
187,027 m² / 2,013,142 ft²
# of Hotel Rooms
# of Parking Spaces


Official Name Wilshire Grand Center
Other Names Wilshire Grand Tower
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country United States
City Los Angeles
Street Address & Map 900 Wilshire Boulevard
Postal Code 90017
Building Function hotel / office
Structural Material composite
  • Core: Reinforced Concrete
  • Columns: Concrete Filled Steel
  • Floor Spanning: Steel
Energy Label LEED Gold targeted
Proposed 2009
Construction Start 2013
Completion 2017
Official Website Wilshire Grand Center
Rankings Click arrows to view the next taller/shorter buildings
Global Ranking #62 Tallest in the World
Regional Ranking #10 Tallest in North America
National Ranking #10 Tallest in United States
City Ranking #1 Tallest in Los Angeles

Companies Involved

Owner Hanjin International Corporation; Korean Air
Developer Martin Project Management
Design AC Martin
Structural Engineer
Design Thornton Tomasetti
Engineer of Record Brandow & Johnston Inc
MEP Engineer
Design Glumac
Project Manager AC Martin
Main Contractor Turner Construction Company
Other Consultant
• Acoustics Veneklasen Associates
• Civil Breen Engineering
• Code Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Façade Benson Industries; Heitmann & Associates, Inc.
• Façade Maintenance Lerch Bates
• Food Service Cini-Little International Inc.
• Interiors AC Martin; Wilson Associates
• Landscape RELM Studio
• LEED Brightworks
• Life Safety Exponet
• Lighting Lighting Design Alliance
• Parking Choate Parking Consultants
• Property Management InterContinental Hotels Group
• Roofing Independent Roofing Consultants
• Sustainability Brightworks
• Vertical Transportation Fortune Shepler Consulting
• Way Finding Selbert Perkins Design
• Wind RWDI
Material Supplier
• Cladding Viracon
• Concrete Conco
• Steel Schuff Steel

About Wilshire Grand Center

The Wilshire Grand Center marks a new era for tall buildings in Los Angeles; it will be an exciting addition to the visual character of the Downtown area, and offer a contemporary contrast to its surroundings with its sail-shaped form. The development will boast luxury hotel rooms, restaurants, businesses, and nightlife options. Topped with a curved roof that diverges from the traditional flat roof style of most tall buildings nearby, the Wilshire Grand Center will rise well above its surroundings. The tower is designed to be the tallest structure in the Los Angeles skyline, and will do much to add to the cultural and economic vibrancy of the neighborhood.

The project team strove to design a high-performing building that intelligently addresses the specific environmental issues facing Southern California. Architects and engineers employed the latest construction techniques and sustainability considerations to ensure that this project is built and operated in a way that is ecologically responsible, and will allow the building to achieve a LEED Silver certification. The design team worked closely with the City of Los Angeles to incorporate strategies such as thermal energy storage and the reuse of storm water in cooling towers. Innovative lighting and climate systems are also in place to significantly reduce overall energy consumption.

The city’s culture and climate are celebrated with a strong sense of indoor/outdoor relationships created at every practical opportunity. Ballrooms open directly onto gardens, the prefunction space extends to a terrace, pool decks are lined with cabanas, and outdoor meeting rooms encircle fire pits. The hotel rooms and office space feature floor-to-ceiling glass to maximize the spectacular views of Santa Monica and the Pacific Ocean, the Hollywood Hills, and the San Gabriel Mountains.

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Wilshire Grand Center Completes in Los Angeles
23 Jun 2017 – Wilshire Grand Center, now the tallest building…

Los Angeles Skyscraper Tops Out as Tallest Building in Western US
6 Sep 2016 – Construction workers on September 3 placed a 10-…

Construction Worker Falls from Wilshire Grand Center in Los Angeles
18 Mar 2016 – According to fire officials, a construction worker…

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