U.S. Bank Tower (Los Angeles)
|U.S. Bank Tower|
|Former names||Library Tower|
First Interstate Bank World Center
|Tallest in California from 1986 to 2010[I]|
|Preceded by||Aon Center (4th)|
|Surpassed by||Wilshire Grand Center (since 2017)|
|Location||633 West Fifth Street|
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Current tenants||See Tenants|
|Owner||Silverstein Properties, Inc.|
|Landlord||Silverstein Properties, Inc.|
|Architectural||1,018 ft (310 m)|
|Top floor||968 ft (295 m)|
2 below ground
|Floor area||1,432,540 sq ft (133,087 m2)|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Pei Cobb Freed & Partners|
|Structural engineer||CBM Engineers|
James A. Knowles & Associates
|Main contractor||Turner Construction Company|
U.S. Bank Tower, formerly Library Tower and First Interstate Bank World Center, is a 1,018-foot (310.3 m) skyscraper at 633 West Fifth Street in downtown Los Angeles, California, United States. It is, by structural height, the third-tallest building in California, the second-tallest building in Los Angeles, the eighteenth-tallest in the United States, the third-tallest west of the Mississippi River after the Salesforce Tower and the Wilshire Grand Center, and the 129th-tallest building in the world, after being surpassed by the Wilshire Grand Center. It is the only building in California whose roof heights exceed 1,000 feet. Because local building codes required all high-rise buildings to have a helipad, it was known as the tallest building in the world with a roof-top heliport from its completion in 1989 to 2010 when the China World Trade Center Tower III opened. It is also the third-tallest building in a major active seismic region; its structure was designed to resist an earthquake of 8.3 on the Richter scale. It consists of 73 stories above ground and two parking levels below ground. Construction began in 1987 with completion in 1989. The building was designed by Henry N. Cobb of the architectural firm Pei Cobb Freed & Partners and cost $350 million to build. It is one of the most recognizable buildings in Los Angeles, and often appears in establishing shots for the city in films and television programs.
U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles was sold to OUE Ltd (OUE), a diversified real estate owner, developer and operator group, in 2013. OUE, a Singapore-listed company run by Indonesian billionaire Stephen Riady, acquired the tower and other related assets for $367.5 million. OUE acquired the 72-floor office building, the adjacent Maguire Gardens park, and a parking lot from a unit of Los Angeles-based real-estate investment trust MPG Office Trust Inc.
On July 20, 2020, it was announced that Larry Silverstein, the developer of the World Trade Center, purchased the building for reportedly 430 million dollars. The deal is expected to close in late September and what Silverstein is planning for the building is currently unknown.
The building was first known and is alternatively known today as the Library Tower, because it was built as part of the $1 billion Los Angeles Central Library redevelopment area, following two disastrous fires at the library in 1986, and its location across the street. The City of Los Angeles sold air rights to the developers of the tower to help pay for the reconstruction of the library. The building was also known for a time as First Interstate Bank World Center but the name Library Tower was restored after First Interstate Bancorp merged with Wells Fargo Bank. In March 2003, the property was leased by U.S. Bancorp and the building was renamed the U.S. Bank Tower. Some local residents however, continue to refer to it as Library Tower.
The tower has a large glass crown at its top that is illuminated at night.
On February 28, 2004, two 23 m (75 ft) “U.S. Bank” logo signs were installed on the crown, amid controversy for their effect on the aesthetic appearance of the building, much like the previous First Interstate Bank logos were placed on the crown between 1990 and 1998. First Interstate Bank's “I” logo on the crown was in the 1993 Guinness Book of World Records for highest-placed logo.
On October 6, 2005, House[discuss] officials stated that the government had foiled a previously undisclosed second plot to crash a plane into the building in mid-2002. In his televised 2006 State of the Union Address, President George W. Bush asserted that American counterterrorism officials foiled a plot to fly planes into the tower, which he erroneously identified as the "Liberty Tower" instead of the building's former name, the Library Tower. According to President Bush, Al-Qaeda leader Khaled Sheikh Mohammed's plan was to use Asian confederates from Jemaah Islamiyah recruited by Islamic militant Hambali for the hijacking. President Bush asserted the hijackers were going to use shoe bombs to breach the plane's cockpit door. Some counter-terrorism experts have expressed doubt that the plot was ever fully developed or likely to occur.
In July 2014, OUE Ltd. (OUE), the new owners of the skyscraper, announced construction of an observation deck named OUE Skyspace. on the 69th and 70th floors and a restaurant named 71Above on the 71st floor. The facilities opened on June 24, 2016, following remodeling and construction costing $31 million that included a makeover of the ground floor lobby as well as a separate second floor entrance for tourists, and a skylobby and exhibit hall on the 54th floor. Access to the observation deck costs $25 per person. For an additional $8, visitors can take a trip down a transparent glass slide affixed to the outside of the building between the 70th and 69th floors.
- Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith
- Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
- Cornerstone Research
- Gordon & Rees LLP
- Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
- Jenner & Block
- Thomson West
- U.S. Bancorp
- White & Case
- Littler Mendelson
In popular culture
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- The building and the Los Angeles skyline is featured many times in Terminator 2: Judgment Day and other movies from the franchise.
- In the 1990 film Predator 2, Danny Glover is seen chasing the Predator around different parts of Los Angeles.
- In some of the Beverly Hills Cop movies.
- In the 1993 film Falling Down, the tower can be seen in the distance. An incomplete U.S. Bank Tower is visible on the movie's cover.
- The building made several appearances during the early seasons of the Power Rangers franchise before production was moved to New Zealand in early 2003.
- The building made a notable appearance in the 1996 film Independence Day, in which the tower was the first structure to be destroyed during the beginning of a massive alien invasion.
- In the 1996 film Escape from L.A., the tower is heavily damaged but still standing after an earthquake that separates Los Angeles from the mainland.
- The U.S. Bank Tower has also appeared in Rush Hour and Rush Hour 2.
- The building is also seen in the 1994 film Speed.
- In the 2000 movie Disney's The Kid (2000), Bruce Willis's character, an image consultant, works in the building.
- In the 2004 movie The Day After Tomorrow, the U.S. Bank Tower is severely damaged by the super tornado, but ultimately still standing.
- The 2007 film Dragon Wars features a giant monster dragon that first destroys and rampages through the city and then climbs the tower.
- In the 2007 movie Southland Tales, the building stands for US-IDENT, a Big Brother surveillance agency that is under the guise of a national security think-tank.
- In the 2009 disaster film 2012, it is one of the many buildings in Los Angeles destroyed by a major earthquake.
- In the 2015 disaster film San Andreas, the tower is among many high-rise buildings in Downtown LA that collapse due to a 9.1-magnitude earthquake striking the city. In one scene, protagonist Ray Gaines (played by Dwayne Johnson) barely flew his helicopter past the collapsing tower.
- In the History Channel series Life After People, the U.S. Bank Tower is shown withstanding a giant fire that consumed nearly all of LA ten years after humans go extinct, and "The Big One", an earthquake measuring 8.0 on the Richter scale after 50 years (though the top floors collapse due to fire damage and 50 years of neglect having weakened the structure). Finally, it collapses after a moderate earthquake 600 years after the disappearance of people.
- The music video for the 1992 single Born of Frustration by James was partly filmed in downtown Los Angeles; in addition to other downtown buildings, the U.S. Bank Tower is shown up-close several times.
- The 2002 music video for "Thug Lovin'" by Ja Rule and Bobby Brown was filmed on the roof of the tower.
- The 2002 music video for "Drift & Die" by Puddle of Mudd was filmed on the roof of the tower shown in the last scene.
- The building was featured as an unnamed tower in the city of Los Santos in the 2004 game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and then also features in the 2013 game Grand Theft Auto V as the Maze Bank Tower. It also serves as a buyable property in Grand Theft Auto Online.
- The building collapses during a magnitude 10.5 earthquake in the TV miniseries 10.5.
Tallest roof-top helipad
The US Bank Tower was the world's tallest building with a roof-top helipad until the China World Trade Center Tower III in Beijing, which was completed in 2010 and whose roof-top helipad is 1,083 feet (330 m) high.
As of March 2018, the world's tallest building with a roof-top helipad was the Guangzhou International Finance Center, which also was completed in 2010 and whose roof-top helipad is 1,439 feet (439 m) high.
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