Project

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Gas Company Tower

Los Angeles, CA

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  • Owner/Developer

    Maguire Properties Group

  • Architect

    Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

  • Fa├žade Consultant

    Curtainwall Design Consulting

  • GC

    Turner Construction Company

  • Completion

    1991

  • Building Type

    Commercial

  • Program

    52 stories (754ft), 1,780,000 sqft

Processes

Detail

The 52-story Gas Company Tower is among the 100 tallest buildings in the world, and one of the many on that list featuring advanced exterior wall technologies by Enclos. With its shimmering blue glass crown, a recognizable symbol of the company’s iconic blue flame, the building enlivens the skyline of downtown Los Angeles. Located adjacent to important civic spaces, the tower’s base activates the street with shops, signage and art. It is the fifth tallest building in Los Angeles.

The project site is located next to the recently renovated Los Angeles Central Library, and is the second building of the Library Square Redevelopment Project. Gas Company Tower's building’s base at 5th Street and Grand Avenue rests on the edge of LA’s famous Bunker Hill business district, among many of downtown’s most bustling retail vendors.

Transitions at the setbacks, notch and crown added significant complexity to all aspects of the facade program. The Enclos team assembled fabricated metal and glass into unitized panels in a nearby factory. Fabrication and delivery were carefully sequenced to keep on-site material inventories at a minimum due to the highly constrained site and its dense urban surroundings.