Conco has been given the opportunity to participate in another landmark project by providing concrete services for the new Wilshire Grand Center being built in downtown L.A. The new tower will become the tallest building in the United States west of the Mississippi. This is one of several of our large-scale projects in Los Angeles. Others include the recently completed 125 year old Hall of Justice retrofit, the new Federal Courthouse, a new 45 story cast in place building at 10000 Santa Monica, The iconic ARTIC transportation Center in Anaheim and several smaller projects.
The Wilshire Grand is being built by the Turner Construction Co., which is one of the largest construction firms in the U.S. This is not the first major project that Conco has partnered on with the company. In addition to other large scale projects, Turner Construction and Conco have partnered together in building the new San Francisco 49ers Levi Stadium.
Work on the new Wilshire Grand began in late 2013 and will be the biggest Los Angeles area project to-date for Conco. The plan calls for the largest monolithic mat foundation pour ever attempted. Over the course of approximately 18 hours, over 21,000 cubic yards of concrete will be placed. By the end of the pour, we will have completed a foundation that is nearly 20 ft. thick.
The project is on an accelerated schedule including the work Conco is doing. All of the concrete work will be “cast in place concrete,” which is labor intensive. We will be on a 4-day core wall cycle, which means that every 4 days, concrete for a new floor will be poured.
The Wilshire Grand is expected to cost $1 billion once it is completed in 2017, and includes a 900-room hotel, retail and office space. The building will stand 1,100 ft. tall. With safety in mind, and to protect from terrorist attacks as well as other types of emergencies, the core of the building will be made of concrete. The L.A. Times reports that “four-foot-thick concrete walls will surround a staircase at the center of the building for people to use in case of an emergency.”
Conco is a leading supplier of concrete services for the Western United States. We have built our reputation in the Los Angeles area with superior concrete formwork, reinforcing, place and finish, shotcrete and other ancillary services that benefit from our vast experience. Our concrete services include commercial, educational, parking and other construction development as well as public works projects and highways.