The Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles

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Height: Architectural 203.3 m / 667 ft
Height: Occupied 184.9 m / 606 ft
Height: To Tip 203.3 m / 667 ft
Height: Helipad 203.3 m / 667 ft
Floors Above Ground 54
Floors Below Ground 3
# of Elevators 28
Tower GFA 185,805 m² / 1,999,988 ft²
# of Apartments 224
# of Hotel Rooms 1,001
# of Parking Spaces 376


Official Name The Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles
Name of Complex LA Live
Other Names Los Angeles Convention Center Hotel, LA Live Hotel & Condominiums, Marriott Marquis Los Angeles
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country United States
City Los Angeles
Street Address & Map 900 West Olympic Boulevard
Postal Code 90015
Building Function residential / hotel
Structural Material steel
Energy Label LEED Silver
Proposed 2006
Construction Start 2007
Completion 2010
Rankings Click arrows to view the next taller/shorter buildings
Regional Ranking #248 Tallest in North America
City Ranking #12 Tallest in Los Angeles

Companies Involved

Owner/Developer AEG
Design Gensler
Structural Engineer
Design Nabih Youssef Associates
Main Contractor Clark Construction Group; Webcor
Other Consultant
Façade Enclos Corp.
Material Supplier
• Steel The Herrick Corporation

About The Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles

LA Live is the first high-rise to be built in Downtown Los Angeles in 20 years, making it the first building to have a significant impact on the skyline in the same period. LA Live and its distinctive tower fill a long-standing void in the southwest corner of the downtown area as bounded by the cornerstones of the Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles City Hall and the financial, garment and jewelry districts.

The building expands horizontally as it rises vertically, reflecting the varied programs within. Each succeeding use—22 JW Marriott Los Angeles at LA Live floors at the bottom, followed by four floors of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Los Angeles, and the Ritz-Carlton Residences at the top—has larger space requirements. The building’s elegantly curving curtain wall smoothes the jagged transition among the changing floor plates as they stack skyward.

The three-story lobby is a pass-through space that provides access from Olympic Boulevard to the Nokia Theatre and Nokia Plaza. The lobby is the urban connection between Downtown and LA Live, the Staples Center and Los Angeles Convention Center. The building features two outdoor decks with pools, bars and events facilities.

The tower takes full advantage of a new leading edge Performance Based structural steel lateral force resisting system, comprised of un-stiffened thin steel plate shear walls (SPSW). It is the first high-rise to use this technology in California. Using 6.4-9.5mm (0.25-0.375in) thick steel plate shear walls as opposed to 76cm (30in) thick concrete columns created increased usable square footage, and creating a lighter building allowed the addition of four floors to the tower while creating better views on every floor without the necessary moment frames common in steel design. Switching to Steel Plate Shear Walls also saved millions of dollars in construction costs and shaved four months off the production schedule. The hotel tower also consists of steel moment frames, Buckling Restrained Braces (BRB), mid-height outriggers and cap trusses. The design process exemplifies a successful collaboration of performance-based engineering and rigorous peer review by a panel of noted experts in each structural system type.

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