L.A. is home to the Guinness World Record for the largest concrete pour.
Developers of the Wilshire Grand Center, a 73-story high-rise expected to be completed in 2016, announced yesterday that they earned the new record from Guinness after putting down 21,200 cubic yards of concrete that will help form the foundation of the massive structure.
The pour beat the previous record held by ...
... the Venetian Las Vegas, which opened in 1999.
The developer of the downtown L.A. project, Korean Air, stated that a "Guinness World Records adjudicator" was on hand to give the record certificate to the project's team: "We beat the world record for largest continuous concrete pour!"
The $1 billion hotel-office complex will be the tallest building west of the Mississippi River when it's completed.
And it will be the only modern high-rise in Los Angeles without a flat top. City regulations required buildings to be designed with a helicopter landing pad for emergencies, but the Wilshire Grand Center will have a dedicated elevator for such situations.
The building will also have a pad smaller than what regulations required, but it was apparently given a special pass.
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The developer said the 82 million pounds of concrete were delivered via 2,120 truck trips over the weekend.