The City Club on Bunker Hill, which first occupied the Penthouse Floor of the Wells Fargo Tower in 1985, has announced plans to open a unique Business Center this March in an effort to enhance members' professional service and networking privileges.

According to club General Manager, Larry Ahlquist, the Business Center build-out has followed the signing of a new 14-year lease agreement with Tony Morales, Senior Vice President of Maguire Partners, managing partner for the Wells Fargo Center. The signing allows the club to occupy nearly 9,000 additional square feet of 54th floor penthouse space recently leased by the Wells Fargo Bank.

The Bunker Hill Business Center prototype concept will add high-tech entertainment, electronic office, "war room," teleconferencing and document storage services to the club's existing dining, meeting and bar/ lounge facilities.

The Business Club concept was developed by Dallas-based ClubCorp, the world's largest operator of business, sports and country clubs, in response to a consumer study conducted by Syndics Research there. The Syndics study revealed that current and potential club members consider a work conducive environment and reciprocal club privileges more important than traditional club amenities such as prestigious atmosphere and formal dining.

The Club plans to add 500 new members by the time the new addition is completed and may serve as the Wells Fargo Tower's official video-conferencing center and cyberlink to media, Internet and various corporate information centers.

Ahlquist said that among the amenities available at the Club will be a game room with billiards, honor bar, and big screen TV, a lounge with Wall St. tickertape monitor, and a sound-proof "war room" with document shredder for critical meetings. The Club is also being equipped with a broadcast-ready videoconference/press room for use by civic leaders, public relations and ad agencies, city officials and members as needed.

Based on the anticipated popularity of Bunker Hill's Business Center, ClubCorp will add similar amenities at other selected properties. The company currently has 90 wholly-owned subsidiary business and sports clubs around the country. All the clubs offer reciprocal membership privileges through the company's Associate Club program.

Information for this story was provided by the City Club on Bunker Hill, a Los Angeles-based business entertainment and networking club with a membership representing the social, ethnic and professional diversity of downtown Los Angeles.

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