About Wilshire Grand Center
Welcome to your new favorite place. WGC is an iconic “skyrise” in the heart of vibrant downtown LA. More than just an office building, WGC boasts the most innovative design and technology and is the premier address in LA. Its modern architecture mirrors the clouds and bright skies of sunny Los Angeles and amenities such as the Skydeck on the 73rd level of the hotel provide a stylish getaway from the traditional office space and are sure to stun clients and guests with jetliner 360 degree views from the mountains to the sea.
Wilshire Grand Center rises proudly in the urban core where people meet, work and stay. The 2.1 million SF center blends retail and restaurants, eighteen floors of office space and the renowned InterContinental Hotel into one of the liveliest urban spaces around. Chic restaurants and cocktail spaces, airy spots for coffee or a quick snack blend with a picturesque courtyard complete with serene water features to make the WGC more than just a place to work. Situated in the heart of the Central Business District, Wilshire Grand is conveniently located near public transportation hubs like the 7th street metro station, bike share, I-110 freeway, and the future LA Streetcar. WGC is also adjacent to amazing retail, theater and cultural venues as well as an easy walk to the Staples Center Arena and lively nightlife offerings in DTLA.
Designed to be the ultimate workplace of the future, the office space is replete with floor to ceiling vision glass, bike storage and showers, and ample attendant parking. The building is LEED certified for sustainability and is equipped with thermal energy storage, backup generator pads, and technology to optimize oxygen, light and acoustic levels. Office spaces average about 22,000 SF and are easily accessed through a separate lobby entrance and high-speed double-deck elevators. Tenants are granted access to hotel amenities, including a fitness center where memberships are available and many conference center amenities and meeting rooms of all sizes.
Cushman & Wakefield’s John C. Cushman, III, says of the Wilshire Grand Center, “This building is going to go down as one of the great architectural masterpieces that has been created by any architect in any city.”
More About the Wilshire Grand Center
Architectural Style: Metamodernism—a set of developments in philosophy, aesthetics, and culture which are emerging from and reacting to postmodernism. One definition characterizes metamodernism as mediations between aspects of both modernism and postmodernism.
Architect: A.C. Martin
Structural Engineer: Brandow & Johnston, Inc; Thornton Tomasetti
Contractor: Turner Construction Company
Number of Workers to Build: 11,500
Sky Lobby Express Elevator Speed: 1,600 FPM (Feet per Minute)
Steel: 19,000 tons of steel used during construction
The Wilshire Grand Center…
...Is the first skyscraper in Los Angeles without a flat roof.
...Is the tallest building west of the Mississippi.
...Creates as many as 11,500 high-paying local jobs
...Generated nearly US $80 million in tax revenue for the city and county through construction phase and additionally US $16 million annually in tax revenue upon opening.
...Replaced a building which was deconstructed instead of demolished and many of the materials were recycled – resulting in US $4 million in recycling revenue that was returned to the project.
... Is built to achieve LEED® Gold for Building Design and Construction certification — a first in the Downtown area.
...Will capture and recycle water for landscape irrigation and other non-drinking uses – the result will be as much as a 30% reduction in water usage.
...Holds the Guinness World Record for the Largest continuous concrete pour in history.*
*(In total, there was 21,200 cubic yards of concrete poured, weighing more than 82 million pounds. That’s the same weight as about 250 blue whales – the world’s largest animal. It took 2,120 truckloads to complete the concrete pour. If you lined up all of the trucks, that would take you from DTLA to Santa Monica. A pour of this magnitude required a total of 100,000 feet of polyethylene tubing. The rebar weighted more than 6.6 million pounds, the same weight as 82 big rigs. The concrete took a whopping 14 days to cure, helped by 60 tons of chillers, six water pumps and two 20,000 gallon storage tanks).