‘Grand Pour’ of Concrete Gets Underway at Construction Site in Downtown

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More than 200 trucks on Sunday began delivering 2,200 loads of concrete to a construction site in downtown L.A., where the New Wilshire Grand building is being erected.

The concrete pour, which began at 5 p.m., is scheduled to continue for 26 hours while the structure’s 18-foot foundation is being formed, officials said.

The project’s master architect, Chris Martin, described the delivery as “the concrete truck ballet — only in L.A.”

A representative from the Guinness World Records was on hand, to certify that the concrete pour was the longest one ever.

“I’ve met with the engineering team, and hopefully by tomorrow we’ll know if they’ve set a new Guinness World Records title,” said adjudicator Michael Empric.

The planned 1,100-foot New Wilshire Grand — a 73-story skyscraper that will house office space, five levels of parking, and a 900-room hotel — is being billed as the tallest building west of the Mississippi River.

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