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AT&T Center gets 'gold' environmental certification

April 27, 2009 |  6:01 pm

ATT_Crown (2)The recently renovated AT&T Center in Los Angeles, formerly known as Transamerica Center, has received the first "gold" level certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for an existing downtown building. The owners also announced Monday that restaurant company Patina Group will move its headquarters to the 32-story main tower at 1150 S. Olive St. and open a restaurant there. AT&T Center, which also includes an 11-story building at 12th and Hill streets, recently underwent a $35-million renovation that incorporated upgrades to its power and water systems to make them more environmentally friendly. More noticeably, the makeover included new metallic facades around the buildings and an illuminated glass enclosure on top of the tower that added two floors of office space.

The skyscraper was the first in the city to surpass City Hall in height when it was completed in 1965, and for decades it had a restaurant and bar on the top floor. With that space now converted to offices, Patina Group’s new restaurant is being planned for street level.

Elleven, a downtown condominium tower completed in 2006, was awarded "gold" level LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for new construction.

--Roger Vincent

Photo: At&T Center. Credit: LBA Realty