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L.A. Live's Ritz Tower Nearly Done With Glass

By Eric Richardson
Published: Friday, May 15, 2009, at 10:32PM
Ritz Tower Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Contruction on the Ritz Carlton tower at L.A. Live is nearing external completion.



Working overnight on Thursday, crews finished installing the glass curtain wall for the Downtown side of the 54th and final floor of the Ritz Carlton tower at L.A. Live.

Groundbreaking for the structure took place in June of 2007, and while there's plenty left to be done before its opening in February of 2010, exterior construction is wrapping up.

On Friday, one of the building's two construction elevators was disassembled, pieces of track and one of the elevator cabs being loaded onto a flatbed trailer in the afternoon.

Up top, the western side of the 54th floor still awaited its glass as of Friday afternoon, but the eastern side was almost entirely complete. While crews were still hard at work, the lack of major construction left it quiet and peaceful up above the L.A. Live complex.

Once finished, the structure will hold the 879-room J.W. Marriott (floors four through 21), the 123-room Ritz Carlton hotel (floors 22 through 26) and the 224-unit Residences at the Ritz Carlton (floors 27 through 52).

Update (Monday): As if on cue, the J.W. Marriott posted this to its twitter account at noon on Friday:

The exterior cranes and elevators are nearly finished with their work - we are using interior elevators for hard-hat tours from now on!

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