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W Hollywood Residences & Hotel Tops Out, Big Party

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This morning the W Hollywood Hotel & Residences celebrated the completion of vertical construction with a topping out ceremony, an event that brought out politicians including Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and City Councilman Eric Garcetti, both of whom mentioned the transportation element (it's above the Red Line) to this mega-development at Hollywood and Vine (the 1600 Vine apartment building is also on this corner). Fittingly, Roger Moliere, Chief of Real Property Management and Development at the MTA, also spoke at the ceremony--he mentioned that MTA has 33 transit-orientated development projects in the pipeline (either planned, under construction, or near completion) around the city. And a random surprise: comedian Jimmy Kimmel mc'd the event (more on that later).

During the tour of the roof of the W Hollywood Residences (all photos are from the roof), Stephen Taylor, the general foreman on this project, gave us some details, pointing out the sites of the forthcoming pool, private cabanas, and helicopter pad. Taylor said if there's something notable about the construction process project, it's that they are using a much stronger type of concrete called an "8000 mix." That's the good stuff, people. Meanwhile, we missed the aerial acrobats and streaming banners that accompanied the event, but here's a tiny picture. And the 143-unit W Hollywood Residences and the adjacent 305-room W Hollywood Hotel are both expected to be finished by November 2009.
· Construction Watch: The W Hollywood Residences [Curbed LA]
· W Hollywood Hotel and Residences [Official Site]