Video: A Bird's-Eye View As Wilshire Grand Becomes The Tallest Building In The West
This past weekend, the Wilshire Grand tower officially became the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. This happened when, at about 8 a.m. on Saturday, it was fitted with its 58-foot spire on top.
How do you get a giant spire on top of a building, you ask? Well, the building's social media handlers got you covered: They posted a terrifying video that gives a bird's-eye view of the spire as its being hoisted by a crane. The video takes us from the ground level to the top, which is about 1,099 feet up in the air.
The most nausea-inducing moment, perhaps, is when a couple of brave workers appear at the 0:45 mark to help the process along. They're basically standing in mid-air as they do their job (they're supported by harnesses, of course, but still).
The tower, which is slated to open in early 2017, will come with a 900-room InterContinental hotel, an observation deck, retail spaces, restaurants, and other nightlife offerings.