Have you driven or walked past the U.S. Bank building on 5th Street lately? It’s getting a massive makeover. The entire ground level lobby of the 72-story building appears to be gutted. This renovation is connected to the $50 million makeover that was announced by the building’s owners last year. That makeover includes an observation deck and restaurant on the top floors. The observation level was originally expected to be open in April 2015. No word yet on when it will actually open.
According to a Los Angeles Times article from July 15, 2014, the lobby construction will add a curb cut outside the front door so car passengers can load and unload off 5th Street. The building originally had a curb cut, but it was filled in after the September 11th attacks.
The U.S. Bank building is currently the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. It measures 1,018 feet with 73 floors. It’s currently the 11th tallest building in the United States, and the 33rd tallest building in the world. But that’s all about to change. The Wilshire Grand Center is currently under construction at Figueroa and Wilshire. When it is completed in 2017, it will have 77 stories and measure 1,100 feet tall. The building’s official website has much more information about the project and design renderings of the building’s interior and exterior.
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