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Identification

US Bank Tower
Library Tower, First Interstate World Center
116498

Map

Structure in General

skyscraper
existing [completed]
composite structure
granite
curtain wall
white light green
postmodernism

Usages

commercial office

Facts

  • The glass crown on top is brightly illuminated at night.
  • The Bunker Hill Steps, a variation of Rome's Spanish Steps, wrap around the west side of the base, leading up to Bunker Hill.
  • When completed, became the tallest building on the Pacific coast, surpassing Columbia Center in Seattle.
  • Tallest building in the United States west of the Mississippi River.
  • The building was designed to withstand an earthquake of 8.3 on the Richter Scale.
  • The tower has 4 glass-crowned setbacks, at the 48th, 57th, 61st, and 69th floor levels.
  • The highest helipad in the world is on the roof.
  • Until US Bancorp committed to a major lease with naming rights in March 2003, the building was named Library Tower after the Los Angeles Central Library across the street.
  • First building to be destroyed by alien invaders in the 1996 movie "Independence Day".
  • The central core structure has a frame that is reinforced in two directions.
  • The façade, consisting of granite strips alternating with rectangular windows each 6.4 m (21 ft) long, is also designed to endure deformations of up to 6.35 cm (2.5 inch) per floor.
  • From the 53rd floor up, horizontal forces caused by wind or earthquakes are dampened by two struts, which are each one floor high.
  • Upon completion this became the tallest building in the world located in a major seismic region; it has since been surpassed by Taipei 101.

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Location

623-633 West 5th Street
432-450 South Hope Street
633 West Fifth Street
90071
Central City
Los Angeles
California
U.S.A.

Certificates

Certified as LEED – Gold (2014)

Technical Data

1,018.01 ft
1,018.01 ft
1,018.01 ft
13.25 ft
73
2
1987
1989
24

Involved Companies


Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
Ellerbe Becket, Inc.

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Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • Helipad is available
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