With spire in place, Wilshire Grand stretches skyward to become tallest building in western U.S.

At 7:22 a.m. Saturday, crane operator Josh Wiggins received his instructions on the radio.

“All free and clear. Coming up.”

From his cab 1,000 feet above downtown Los Angeles, Wiggins pulled back the hoist level and began raising the last piece of steel at the Wilshire Grand job site.

The 58-foot, hollow cylinder, weighing 20,000 pounds, glided vertically into the space above the street, almost in levitation. More readings

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