One California Plaza

One California Plaza
One California Plaza

One California Plaza with the edge of Two California Plaza to the left
General information
Type Commercial offices
Location 300 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, California
Coordinates 34°03′08″N 118°15′05″W / 34.052230°N 118.251311°W / 34.052230; -118.251311Coordinates: 34°03′08″N 118°15′05″W / 34.052230°N 118.251311°W / 34.052230; -118.251311
Construction started 1983
Completed 1985
Roof 176 m (577 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 42
Floor area 87,037 m2 (936,860 sq ft)
Elevator count 24
Design and construction
Management MPG Office Trust
Main contractor The Beck Group
Architect Arthur Erickson Architects
Developer Metropolitan Structures West
Structural engineer Martin & Huang International

One California Plaza is a 176 m (577 ft) skyscraper located on the Bunker Hill District district of downtown Los Angeles, California. The tower is part of the California Plaza project, consists of two unique skyscrapers, One California Plaza and Two California Plaza. The Plaza also is home to MOCA (Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art), Colburn School of Performing Arts, the Los Angeles Omni Hotel and a 1.5-acre (0.61 ha) water court.[5]

Completed in 1985, One California Plaza has 991,836 square feet (92,144.6 m2) of office space. The towers were designed by Arthur Erickson Architects and named BOMA Building of the Year in 1989.[5]

California Plaza was a ten year, $1.2 billion project. Started in 1983, the Two California Plaza tower was completed in 1992 during a significant slump in the downtown Los Angeles real estate market. The tower opened with only 30 percent of its space leased and overall vacancy rates in downtown office space neared 25%.[6] It was nearly 10 years before significant tall buildings were completed again in downtown Los Angeles.

California Plaza was originally planned to include 3 high rise tower office buildings instead of the two completed. Three California Plaza at 65 floors, was planned for a site just north of 4th St., directly across Olive St. from California Plaza's first two office highrises and was planned to house the Metropolitan Water District's permanent headquarters.[7]

The construction and $23 million cost of the MOCA Grand Avenue building was part of a city-brokered deal with the developer of the California Plaza redevelopment project, Bunker Hill Associates, who received the use of an 11-acre (4.5 ha), publicly owned parcel of land.[8][9]

See also


Further reading

  • Cameron, Robert (1990). Above Los Angeles. San Francisco: Cameron & Company. ISBN 9780918684486. 

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