US Bank Tower / Library Tower

Los Angeles, California

General Contractor: Turner Construction
Contract Value: $5.6M
Year Completed: 1989
Scope of Work: Plumbing
Design, Detailing, Fabrication,  Installation
Delivery: Lump Sum 


US Bank Tower, formerly Library Tower and First Interstate Bank World Center, openedin  November 1989. This 1,018-foot skyscraper located at 633 West Fifth Street in downtown Los Angeles, California, was the tallest building in California, the eleventh tallest in the United States, the tallest west of the Mississippi River, and the 65th tallest building in the world. Because local building codes require all high-rise buildings to have a helipad, it was known as the tallest building in the world with a roof-top heliport from its completion in 1989 to 2004. This tower  was the tallest building in a major active seismic region.  However,  Taipei 101 now holds this title with a structure designed to resist an earthquake of 8.3 on the Richter scale.

This project consists of 73 stories above ground and two below grade parking levels. Construction began in 1986 with completion in 1989. The building was designed by Henry N. Cobb of the architectural firm Pei Cobb Freed & Partners and built by general contractor Turner Construction at a cost of $350 million. It is one of the most recognizable buildings in Los Angeles, often used in establishing shots for the city in films and television programs.