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Wilshire Grand Center: Learn more about the architectural design and intention behind the tallest building West of the Mississippi River


Wilshire Grand Center: Learn more about the architectural design and intention behind the tallest building West of the Mississippi River


In this month’s episode of Cushman & Wakefield’s Greater LA podcast series, we spotlight Wilshire Grand Center, an iconic development from owner Korean Air, completed in 2017 and located in Downtown Los Angeles.

Join Cushman & Wakefield’s Executive Director Steve Marcussen, leasing representative for Wilshire Grand Center, and Toni Reed, Cushman & Wakefield’s General Manager for Wilshire Grand Center, as they share a behind-the-scenes look into the inner workings of this landmark project.

We also hear an insider’s perspective on the building from special guest Tammy Jow, Project Director of the Wilshire Grand Center redevelopment project, and Principal with renowned architectural firm AC Martin.

Discussion highlights include:

  • The inspiration for the building’s design, which included Yosemite’s beloved ‘Half Dome’ as well an airplane wing (symbolic of Korean Air (the owner)).
  • Sustainability & Efficiency – not only has the building achieved a LEED Gold status, it’s also equipped with fresh air on every floor, 10-foot full height glass to welcome natural lighting, and Wi-Fi connectivity indoors and out.
  • Workplace of the Future – cutting-edge features that make the Wilshire Grand Center a high-performance workplace. (fun fact: Wilshire Grand Center has the largest convention facilities (50K sf) in LA. It also has a Walker’s Paradise Walk Score of 97 and a Rider’s Paradise Transit Score of 100).

Did you know?

  • According to Pew Center Research here, Los Angeles is number one in the Top 10 U.S. metropolitan areas by Korean American population (followed by New York and Washington DC), making it an ideal destination for Korean Air.
  • The design intention was to make the hotel unique from the rest of the Los Angeles skyline.
  • LA’s famed sunny weather played a significant contribution to the design planning – with several outdoor spaces considered and created.

Tune in for more insights from Tammy, Steve, and Toni as they share the ins and outs of operating the tallest building in the Western U.S., and explain the intention behind the design and purpose behind every detail, in features both big and small.


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