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Haute 100 LA: Rick Caurso Reaches Agreement to Acquire Glendale Masonic Temple

Masonic Temple

“We are glad to extend our presence in Glendale through a project that truly offers a prime example of adaptive reuse,” stated Caruso. “This is a local architectural gem. The prospect of reinvigorating it, preserving its architectural history while providing the community additional modern office space and several new social hangouts is exciting.”

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Ace Hotel opens latest branch in downtown Los Angeles

Ace Hotel opens latest branch in downtown Los Angeles

Each Ace Hotel is located in an emerging neighbourhood and is designed to reflect its character. The concept by the company’s founder Alex Calderwood centres around fitting out old buildings using a modest budget and utilising industrial salvage. Calderwood sadly passed away in November last year and this hotel is the first to open since his death.

Photography is by Spencer Lowell.

Ace Hotel opens latest branch in downtown Los Angeles

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Adaptive Reuse Isn’t Dead, But It Is More Difficult, Study Finds – Los Angeles Downtown News – For Everything Downtown L.A.!: Development

Adaptive Reuse Isn't Dead, But It Is More Difficult, Study Finds

photo by Gary Leonard

Tom Gilmore’s Old Bank District, which includes historic constructions such as the San Fernando Building (shown), was the first project to test the city’s Adaptive Reuse Ordinance. City officials are looking at making some changes to the ordinance to benefit more projects.

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Movie industry opposes Los Angeles collection plan -Solid Waste – Waste & Recycling News

This article baffles me. It could be that it’s Monday morning, it could be that its post Thanksgiving Monday. But I can’t figure out if the studios are already reusing C&D or not.

Anyone want to help me get the gist of this? Would be appreciated.

Concerned about how it might impact their current operations, officials from the Motion Picture Association of America and Fox Studios spoke out against the plan in Los Angeles to designate a specific commercial hauler for regions of the city.

Gretchen Lewotsky, vice president of state and local government affairs for Fox Entertainment Group, said it has tried to be a good corporate citizen and community member through the years, including implementing various sustainable efforts in recent years.

“Our commitment has been rigorous programs to achieve the level of sustainability that is second to none,” Lewotsky told the City Council. “Our diversion rate at the studios is currently at 87% and we’re aiming to increase that to 90%.”

Melissa Patack, vice president of governmental affairs for Motion Picture Association of America, said the various studios have extraordinary diversion rates.

“We ask your support to add to the instructions to the city attorney that the specific operational records of the studios need to be considered and addressed as the waste sheds are created,” she said.

Several City Council members said the needs of the studios should be addressed. Andrea Alarcon, president of the Los Angeles Board of Public Works, said most of the waste from the studios would be excluded from the specific franchise requirements.

C&D debris is being excluded from the system.

“By virtue of what they do, they build up sets and break them down, it’s construction and demolition. Under our proposal, it would be exempt,” Alarcon said.

However, regular waste would still be included.

“Unique service requirements will definitely be built into the RFP, including [the need for] specialized vehicles to move around lots, 24-hour service and prompt service response times,” she said.

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Wilshire Grand Hotel ‘deconstruction’ begins in downtown LA | 89.3 KPCC

The historic Wilshire Grand Hotel in downtown Los Angeles is now under “deconstruction.”

Los Angeles city officials and representatives of Korean Air, the hotel’s owner, watched Tuesday morning as workers cut a beam out of the building’s entrance to mark the ceremonial start of the $1 billion dollar project.

In five years, the Wilshire Grand – built in 1952 and formerly known as the Los Angeles Hilton – will be gone, say project managers.

A new 70-story tower that includes the new Wilshire Grand will stand in its place. The new hotel will feature 900 rooms and a hospitality twist: guests will take high-speed double-deck elevators to check in at the lobby on the 70th floor.

 

 

 

“This is such a dramatic location at the top of this building that we want everybody to go,” said Chris Martin, CEO of AC Martin Architects. “They’re all going to want to go to the top so we might as well start by taking them to the very top and registering them. That’s where the restaurants are, and the observation deck.”

Martin said the new hotel’s pinnacle top will be “very iconic.”

But first the old hotel must be “deconstructed,” Martin said. No implosion. No wrecking balls. Cranes and torches will take the building apart piece by piece. When that part is done by next October, it will leave an 85-feet deep hole ready for the foundation of the new hotel.

Project managers estimate the deconstruction and construction phases will create thousands of local jobs in LA.’s hard hit construction industry.

Ron Miller, executive secretary of the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council, sees the project as a welcome boost to the building industry and the workers it employs.

“Since the economy took a dump, we’ve had 30 to 40 percent unemployment across the construction trades,” said Miller. “We’re seeing a little light at the end of the tunnel. This is one of the first jobs to start and it’s going to start putting thousand of men and women back to work.”

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