August 14, 2014

Since 2012 Meléndrez has had the privilege to support AC Martin Partners as the landscape architect for the Wilshire Grand project in downtown Los Angeles. There have been many significant design opportunities for us on the project:  creating a new public plaza and open space at grade at a key location in downtown, enlivening the streetscape on crucial downtown corridors, and creating rich amenity spaces that patrons of the hotel will enjoy in the future. 

This past weekend, the LA Times artfully situated the project within the timeline of the City, and in the context of its complexity, magnitude and impact for the City as a whole, and the landscape of downtown Los Angeles. The article gives a glimpse into the process of how difficult it can be to align all elements to net a successful development. In the depths of the recession in 2009 Chairman Cho of Korean Air, owner of Wilshire Grand, made a risky decision to demolish the existing hotel and construct a new structure. He believed in the future of Los Angeles and felt the project would symbolize his company’s commitment to the area. This past winter the structure’s foundation pour marked the largest concrete pour in history. Learn about the behind-the-scene evolution of how all the pieces fell into place for the project to pencil in this interesting article from the LA Times.