AECOM Tapped to Build $1B Mixed-Use Asset in LA

Related Cos. selected the global engineering firm to take on the role of general contractor for The Grand, a transit-oriented development, which will include retail, a movie theater and a 314-key hotel.

Image credit: Related Cos. and Gehry Partners.
Image credit: Related Cos. and Gehry Partners.

Related Cos. just took a big step toward the realization of The Grand, a mixed-use project in downtown Los Angeles. The real estate firm recently tapped fully integrated global engineering company AECOM to serve as construction manager for the $1 billion transit-oriented development.

AECOM will have its hands full. Designed by celebrated architect Frank Gehry, The Grand will be a live-work destination in downtown’s burgeoning cultural and civic hub. The commercial portion of The Grand will feature 290,000 square feet of retail offerings, a movie theater complex and a 314-key Equinox Hotel standing 20 stories tall. Residential offerings will comprise another segment of the project, enhancing the housing market with 436 market-rate and affordable units in a 39-story building.

It’s a massive undertaking, but AECOM is equal to the task. “AECOM is an undisputed leader in construction and has the know-how to bring Frank Gehry’s incredible design to life,” Rick Vogel, senior vice president of Related Cos., said in a prepared statement. “They have a deep understanding of Los Angeles and an experienced local team which makes them an ideal fit for this compelling project.”


Downtown Los Angeles is experiencing a rebirth, and projects like The Grand are popping up in high-profile spots around hotel towers, office skyscrapers and entertainment venues, and even in non-core areas of the submarket. “The city has experienced an explosion of large, ground-up mixed-use developments,” according to a fall 2017 report by global advisory services firm EY. “The mixed-use trend continues and is flowing out from South Park into other districts.”

The growing list of mixed-use projects across downtown includes the joint venture Angels Landing Partners’ $1.2 billion redevelopment of the Angels Landing site, which will feature two towers, one of which will be among the tallest buildings in the western U.S. SunCal has proposed 6AM, a $2 billion development that will offer live/work residences as well as creative office space, retail offerings and a hotel. Additionally, Oceanwide Holdings is shelling out $1 billion to create Oceanwide Plaza, where residences, hotel rooms and an open-air galleria will be punctuated by 700 feet of ribbon-shaped LED signage.

AECOM is due to kick-off construction of The Grand in fall 2018.