Constellation Place

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Constellation Place
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General information
Status Complete
Type Commercial Offices
Architectural style Modernism
Location 10250 Constellation Boulevard
Century City, Los Angeles, California
Coordinates 34°03′26″N 118°25′03″W / 34.0571°N 118.4174°W / 34.0571; -118.4174Coordinates: 34°03′26″N 118°25′03″W / 34.0571°N 118.4174°W / 34.0571; -118.4174
Construction started 2001
Completed 2003
Cost US$150 million
Owner JMB Realty
Roof 149.5 m (490 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 35
Floor area 63,032 m2 (678,470 sq ft)
Lifts/elevators 23
Design and construction
Architect Johnson Fain Partners
Structural engineer Wong Hobach Lau
Main contractor Hathaway Dinwiddie

Constellation Place is a 35-story, 492-foot (150 m) skyscraper in the Los Angeles, California community of Century City.[5] It houses the headquarters of Houlihan Lokey, ICM Partners, and International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC).

It once housed the corporate headquarters of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), but MGM moved to Beverly Hills, California after August 19, 2011.


Constellation Place was constructed from 2001 to 2003. It is 26th-tallest building in Los Angeles, and the 5th-tallest in Century City. It was the first high-rise to be completed in the 21st century in Los Angeles. The building was designed by Johnson Fain Partners, and has 700,000 sq ft (65,000 m2) of Class A office space.

Before August 19, 2011,[6] the headquarters were in the MGM Tower in Century City, Los Angeles.[7] Halfway through the design building process of what would become the MGM Tower, MGM agreed to be the lead tenant. In 2000 MGM announced that it was moving its headquarters to a newly constructed building in Century City. The building opened in 2003.[8]

In 2010, as MGM emerged from bankruptcy protection, it announced that it planned to move the headquarters to Beverly Hills, California so the company could remove around $5 billion in debt. The lease in Century City was scheduled to expire in 2018. Vincent and Eller said that MGM's per square foot monthly rent would be far lower in the Beverly Hills building than in the MGM Tower. Larry Kozmont, a real estate consultant not involved in the move, said "It's a prudent move for them. Downsizing and relocating to a space that is still prominent but not overly ostentatious and burdened by expenses is fundamental for their survival."[8]


ICM Partners has its headquarters on the five recently renovated top floors of the building.

Alex Yemenidjian, a former chairperson and chief executive of MGM, devised the headquarters space. Roger Vincent and Claudia Eller of the Los Angeles Times said that "Yemenidjian spared no expense in building out the studio's space with such Las Vegas-style flourishes as towering marble pillars and a grand spiral staircase lined with a wall of awards."[8]

Scott Johnson, the architect, designed the bottom third of the tower to have extra-large floors so MGM executives could have outdoor decks. The marble used in the MGM spaces was imported from Italy. MGM received a dedicated private garage, a dedicated security checkpoint, and a dedicated elevator bank. That way, celebrities who visited the complex could enter and exit the building without entering public spaces. Three screening rooms were placed in the tower. One of them was a 100-seat theater on the ground floor. As of December 2010 ICM Partners controls the theater. The 14th floor lobby housed the executive suites and a wall of Oscar statuettes for Academy Award-winning films. The street that leads to the building's garage was renamed MGM Drive. A large MGM logo was placed at the top of the building. In December 2010 MGM rented 200,000 sq ft (19,000 m2) of space in the MGM Tower, and it paid nearly $5 per square foot per month in rent.[8]

As of 2012 it was noted as the first high-rise in Los Angeles to use electricity-generating fuel cells, called Bloom Energy Servers, as a source of power. The cells, which rely on hydrocarbons such as natural gas to generate power, may produce up to 400 kilowatts of power, which would supply one third of the electricity used to power the building.[5]


See also


  1. ^ "Constellation Place". CTBUH Skyscraper Database.
  2. ^ Constellation Place at Emporis
  3. ^ "Constellation Place". SkyscraperPage.
  4. ^ Constellation Place at Structurae
  5. ^ a b c d e Roger Vincent (5 February 2012). "Energy cells help power Century City skyscraper". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 5 February 2012.
  6. ^ "MGM Holdings Inc. For the quarterly period ended June 30, 2011" (PDF). Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-02-05. Retrieved February 6, 2012.
  7. ^ "Corporate Information Archived June 10, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.." Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Retrieved on September 6, 2011. "Our location, the sleek, beautifully appointed corporate headquarters at MGM Tower in Century City,[...]"
  8. ^ a b c d Vincent, Roger and Claudia Eller. "MGM to move from luxurious Century City offices." Los Angeles Times. December 30, 2010. Retrieved on February 6, 2012.
  9. ^ Steinberg, Julie. "Bucking the Trend, Houlihan Lokey Still Hiring." Finance (The Wall Street Journal). January 24, 2012. Retrieved on February 5, 2012. "Houlihan Lokey, the Los Angeles-based investment bank,[...]"
  10. ^ "Los Angeles." Houlihan Lokey. Retrieved on February 5, 2012. "Los Angeles Los Angeles 10250 Constellation Blvd. 5th Fl. Los Angeles, CA 90067"
  11. ^ "Contact Us Archived 2012-02-04 at the Wayback Machine.." International Creative Management. Retrieved on February 6, 2012. "LOS ANGELES 10250 Constellation Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90067"
  12. ^ Nash, James. "Lights, camera, Katrina: rebuilding of Louisiana will affect production in L.A." Los Angeles Business Journal at AllBusiness. Retrieved on February 5, 2012. "[...]International Creative Management Inc., the Los Angeles-based talent and literary agency."
  13. ^ Vincent, Roger (April 28, 2011). "Investment bank Houlihan Lokey to move into former MGM Tower in Century City". Los Angeles Times.
  14. ^ "Contact Us Archived 2011-05-12 at the Wayback Machine.." International Lease Finance Corporation. Retrieved May 6, 2011. "10250 Constellation Blvd. Suite 3400 Los Angeles, CA 90067 USA"

External links

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