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Thursday, 23 January 2014 01:40cat

Construction to Start on Los Angeles Hotel

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Rendering of the new Wilshire Grand Hotel Rendering of the new Wilshire Grand Hotel

Construction will start February 15th on the Wilshire Grand Hotel development in Los Angeles, California. When built, the 1,110-foot hotel will be the tallest structure in the western United States. Pouring the concrete for the building’s foundation will be the first step in constructing the hotel. The contractors plan to pour the whole foundation, 21,000 cubic yards of concrete, continuously over three days. This will break the Guinness World Record for the longest continuous concrete pour. It will take 2,120 truckloads of concrete and will weigh 82 million pounds.

The building is scheduled to open early in 2017 and will cost $1.1 billion US. It will stand 73 stories tall and have hotel, office, and retail space. The 900 room, four-star hotel will be located on the upper floors of the building, and it will feature a lobby on the top floor. Unlike standard hotels, guests will have to ride an express elevator to the top of the building to check into the hotel. The hotel will also have a rooftop pool, the highest in the west coast, and a spire that can change colors. There will be a ground breaking and record-breaking ceremony on February 15th where the CEOs of Korean Air and AC Martin, the developer and architect respectively, will be in attendance. 

Sources: GlobeStCurbedLA

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