The Wilshire Grand project set a new Guinness World record this weekend when it kicked off construction for the largest continuous concrete pour in history, a spokesman for the project said Sunday.
Beginning early Saturday night, more than 2,100 truckloads of 21,200 cubic yards of concrete weighing 82 million pounds — the weight of 250 blue whales, the world’s largest mammal — were poured to form the building’s foundation on the northwest corner of Seventh and Figueroa streets. On hand for the historic event were Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, 14th District Councilman Jose Huizar and Speaker of the California State Assembly John Perez, among others.
“We Set the record,” spokesman Sean Rossall said Sunday night, noting the pour wrapped without incident and crews were readying to re-open streets. The concrete, from Conco and CalPortland companies, will cool for 14 days, with the help of 60 tons of chillers, six chilled water pumps and two 20,000-gallon storage tanks.
Developed by Korean Air, the structure will rise 73 stories and 1,100 feet in height, making the Wilshire Grand the tallest structure west of the Mississippi when it is finished in 2016. The $1 billion-plus project will include 900 four-star hotel rooms, restaurants, offices and retail space. The building was envisioned by L.A. architecture firm, AC Martin, and the design and construction are being overseen by Martin Project Management. Turner Construction is the general contractor.
“This development is more than bricks and mortar,” said Chairman Y.H. Cho. “Today we are setting the foundation for the future and a dramatic new downtown skyline. I look forward to sharing many more milestones with Los Angeles in the coming years.”
Added Chris Martin, CEO and Chairman of AC Martin Partners and the master architect on the Wilshire Grand: “This project will reshape how people think about luxury and class in Los Angeles.”
It is anticipated that the project will create more than 11,000 local jobs for the construction industry and contribute $80 million in tax revenue through the construction phase, according to a press release. Additionally, the project will sustain more than 1,700 new permanent local jobs and generate $16 million in annual local revenue once completed.
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