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AECOM Selected to Build $1B Gehry-Designed The Grand in Downtown L.A.

Developer Related Co. Expects To Start Construction in Fall
January 22, 2018

The Grand rendering, from First Street looking east.
Courtesy of Related-Gehry Partners.

Related Co.’s long-stalled $1 billion development The Grand, next to the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles, may finally become a reality.

In a key final move before beginning construction this fall, Related has picked Los Angeles-based AECOM as construction manager, the company announced today. The decision follows new architectural design plans created by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry for the site (pictured, above).

Next to the Broad museum and Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Grand is the third component of the Grand Avenue Project that is a public-private partnership, guided by the Los Angeles Grand Avenue Authority, that is meant to revitalize downtown’s cultural and civic core with a mix of shops, restaurants, offices, culture and residences as well as public open space.

The Grand is designed as two towers with destination restaurants and shopping spread among a series of landscaped open terraces. The first tower is 20 stories with a movie theater complex and 314-room hotel by Equinox - the luxury gym owned by Related. The second is a 39-story residential tower with 436 condos and apartments, 20 percent of which are set aside for affordable housing.

AECOM is a Fortune 500 international engineering firm that has built projects ranging from the Abu Dhabi International Airport to the World Trade Center.

"AECOM is an undisputed leader in construction and has the know-how to bring Frank Gehry’s incredible design to life. They have a deep understanding of Los Angeles and an experienced local team which makes them an ideal fit for this compelling project," said Rick Vogel, senior vice president of Related Urban, in a statement. "Their selection is another key milestone in the forward momentum of Grand Avenue and a fall groundbreaking."

The project had been on hold while the developer waited out the recession. The project is expected to break ground this fall and be completed in 2022.

Gehry’s updated architectural plans are meant to compliment neighboring Walt Disney Concert Hall, according to the L.A. Times. Gehry envisions projecting live video of the concerts inside the hall onto the side of the building that could be viewed from the open space being created in the Grand, telling the newspaper his firm selected the metal surface that tested best for projection.

Jacquelyn Ryan, Los Angeles Market Reporter  CoStar Group   
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