Throwback Thursday: 8 Hilton Los Angeles/University City

This 21-story hotel was originally constructed for MCA Sheraton Hotel.  Sitting atop the hill above Universal Studios in North Hollywood, along the Hollywood Freeway, this is another landmark in Southern California.  The hotel was built on a fast-track schedule in order to be open for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.  The moment-frame tower, a lobby and entrance structure with atrium glass facades, ballrooms and meeting rooms, were all constructed over a multi-level parking deck built into the side of the hill.  The tower utilized perimeter moment frames with column spacing to fit the module of the guest rooms and floor framing layouts to minimize the story-to-story height.

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