LA construction crew breaks world record for largest continuous concrete pour

|  February 20, 2014 |

Workers pour concrete at the New Wilshire Grand jobsite in Los Angeles to break a world record for largest pour. Credit: Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press

Workers pour concrete at the New Wilshire Grand jobsite in Los Angeles to break a world record for largest pour. Credit: Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press

A crew in Los Angeles poured 21,200 cubic yards of concrete without stopping over a period of 18-1/2 hours to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest continuous concrete pour.

The crew building the New Wilshire Grand, a skyscraper that will reach 1,110 feet into the air once it’s complete, started the pour at 4:47 p.m. Feb. 15 and completed it at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 16, according to a report from the Associated Press.

The previous record was held by the crew that poured 21,100 cubic yards when building The Venetian hotel in Las Vegas, Guinness World Records official Michael Empric told the AP.

At total of 208 trucks made between 10 and 14 concrete drops through the night, driving driving between 8 different concrete plants within a 20-mile radius of the site.

The New Wilshire Grand will be the tallest building west of the Mississippi River and will host a 900-room hotel, offices and convention space. The $1 billion building is scheduled to be completed in 2016 and open in 2017.

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