Wilshire Grand Center Named Project of the Year

On Tuesday, April 3, the Wilshire Grand Center was named the Project of the Year at Los Angeles Downtown News’ 17th annual Downtowners of Distinction awards. The event took place at the L.A. Grand Hotel.

With the $1.35 billion project, developer Korean Air has literally changed the Los Angeles skyline. At 73 stories, with a 294-foot spire, the Wilshire Grand is the tallest structure west of the Mississippi, and an instant landmark. The building is an economic driver with its 889-room InterContinental hotel, and a destination for locals and tourists alike thanks to the restaurants and bars on its upper levels. Designed by Downtown architecture firm AC Martin, the Wilshire Grand also has a cascade of outdoor lights that illuminate the night sky in unexpected colors and patterns. Additionally, the building shattered an old L.A. standard — it’s the first local high-rise without a flat roof, and instead has a dynamic, sail-like top. 

Chris Martin, chairman and CEO of AC Martin, accepted the award.

In every sense of the phrase, the Wilshire Grand is a game changer for Downtown.