Constructing the four trapezoidal sides of Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s sculptural gem, a 75-ft-tall “machine for gathering” with three sloping faces, was the most daunting aspect of the project. “The concern was the facade,” says Stephen Montoya, vice president of operations for MATT Construction.
As the first residential high-rise to be built west of the 405 Freeway in more than 40 years, the Landmark Los Angeles (LMLA) is a glass-and-steel structure rising 349 ft featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, horizontal balcony planes and glass guardrails intersected by vertical elements to a rooftop cornice.
Students at the independent college prep school received a unique lesson in construction planning and execution via the complex three-phase project that brings the historic campus into the 21st century.
Paul Matt, 85, who died on June 30, had a 65-year career building more than 450 structures, including Southern California icons such as the Skirball Cultural Center, The Broad, the Petersen Automotive Museum, the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Beverly Hills and the Wilshire Boulevard Temple restoration.