POSTED: March 12th 2016

Sports Travel: PyeongChang 2018 Olympic sponsor Korean Airlines celebrates Wilshire Grand Tower milestone

Wilshire Grand hotel © Wilshire Grand
Wilshire Grand hotel © Wilshire Grand

Workers and others gather for the 'topping out' event © Wilshire Grand
Workers and others gather for the 'topping out' event © Wilshire Grand

Workers and others gather for the 'topping out' event © Wilshire Grand
Workers and others gather for the 'topping out' event © Wilshire Grand

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) A critical milestone was reached for the Wilshire Grand Tower, which is owned by PyeongChang 2018 Olympic sponsor Korean Airlines, marked the completion of the building's central core. The central core is a pillar of concrete that will rise to 892 feet from the foundation and will support the project's tower, which is set to increase another 200 feet.

A 'topping out' event was held at the construction site to commemorate the project milestone. Those gathered at the complex's ground level signed the steel beam. It was also decorated with an American flag, along with a small cypress tree for good luck. Dignitaries from Korean Air, A.C. Martin Inc., Turner Organization, and the city of Los Angeles attended the event to honor the hard work of over 800 workers as they hosted the steel beam.

Vice President and General Manager of Turner Construction Co., Kevin Dow stated, "We're one step closer to transforming Los Angeles."

The Wilshire Grand Tower is set to become the most notable skyscraper in Los Angeles. It is located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles at the corner of Figueroa Street and Wilshire Boulevard. Once completed, the hotel will rise to 1,100 feet to make it the tallest building west of Chicago. It will feature nearly 400,000 square-feet of office space and have 900 hotel rooms. Also, the adjoining building will house convention space and ballrooms.

The hotel will be featuring another milestone in September as the building's signature spire will be placed. Construction on the project is set to be completed on March 8, 2017, which happens to coincide with the birthday of Hanjin Group Chairman and owner of Korean Airlines, Yang-ho Cho.

The magnificent structure will transform the skyline of downtown Los Angeles. The 73-story high skyscraper will give the city's bid for the 2024 Olympic Games a significant boost. It will propel their bid and could be a the next International Olympic Committee hotel if Los Angeles was to win the 2024 Games.  

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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