Inside One Wilshire

The main fiber optic cables connecting One Wilshire to the world enter the building from under the street through closets in the walls of the building’s parking garage. Given the importance of the building to the global communications network, access to the parking garage is controlled, and the building is said to be monitored continuously by federal security officials.

Said to be the most interconnected space in the world and the most expensive real estate in North America, the “Meet Me Room” (a telco industry term) is the heart of One Wilshire. Here the primary fiber optic cables are routed, split, and shared. Because of the presence of so many telcos in this room and the ability to freely interconnect between them, rackspace here becomes extremely valuable. For comparison, the average price for office space in downtown Los Angeles is $1.75 per square foot per month. At the Meet Me Room, $250 per square foot would be a bargain.

CEILING of MEET ME ROOM

Some 1,800 known conduits contain the fiber optic cables that flow through the building’s stairwells and vertical utility corridors, called “risers.” Cable connects the commercial telco tenants on floors 5 through 29 to the 4th floor Meet Me Room, and to a new, “wireless” Meet Me Room constructed on the 30th floor.

Power is supplied by DWP, but in the event of a blackout, the building’s five generators will kick in. It takes the generators three seconds to start up and stabilize. During this brief period, the entire building runs on batteries. There are 11,000 gallons of diesel stored on site, enough to run the generators for 24 hours before being refueled.

 

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