Framingham Public Library
Framingham, MA United States | 2014
The Wilshire Grand Center is a 900-room luxury hotel currently under construction in Los Angeles, California. When complete, it will also house a variety of high-end restaurants, businesses, and office spaces. Adorning the top of the Wilshire Grand Center is the Wilshire Spire, an eight-section hollow core steel structure that is topped with an LED beacon that will light up Los Angeles' nighttime skyline.
Hot-dip galvanizing supports a minimal carbon foot print and is the most dependable cost-effective option for the longevity and durability...
Project planners originally specified paint as the final and only finish for the Wilshire Spire. However, during project planning, the galvanizer's custom project team recommended a base coat of zinc applied by hot-dip galvanizing on each of the eight spire sections, followed by an external paint coating. Using hot-dip galvanizing as the primary source of corrosion protection directly contributes to the project planners goal of utilizing sustainable building materials, enabling the Wilshire Grand to be able to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification for being resource efficient. Hot-dip galvanizing supports a minimal carbon foot print and is the most dependable cost-effective option for the longevity and durability of the Wilshire Spire, providing decades of corrosion protection against the West Coasts harsh marine environmental exposures.
The Wilshire Spire was fully assembled atop the Wilshire Grand Center and is anchored to the top side of the buildings steel reinforced glass atrium, providing observers the overall impression of a sail mast with its glass sail unfurled in the wind. Throughout the hollow core of the spire are built-in aluminum ladders and steel galvanized platforms to enable access inside the structure all the way to the top for maintenance of the spires electrical components, man-lift drive system and the interior connecting bolts at each section splice.
A removable galvanized platform attached to a clever trolley system is used to traverse the entire height of the spire to perform routine external maintenance checks and adjustments. Thanks to the spire, the building reaches a dizzying height of 1,099 feet tall, beating neighboring US Bank Tower by 81 feet, making it the tallest building west of Chicago. Los Angeless newest 73 story skyscraper will redefine the heart of the citys downtown skyline and provide its guests and visitors breathtaking views of the city stretching as far as the eye can see.
Building & Architecture
Recreation & Entertainment
Los Angeles, CA United States
Coating Durability, Corrosion Performance, Ease of Specifying, Life-Cycle Cost, Sustainability
Structural pole sections, Miscellaneous hardware, and Internal and External platform structures.
Thomas Properties Group, LLC
Doug Kreikemeier, Custom Project Supervisor
Schuff Steel Company
AC Martin Partners
Brandow & Johnston, Inc
Valmont Coatings - Salina Galvanizing
Valmont Coatings - Valley Galvanizing
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