July 2016

The One of a Kind Wilshire Grand

The Wilshire Grand Center, a new one of a kind skyscraper project is currently underway in Los Angeles. It will reach a height of 1,100 feet (335 meters), having 73 floors that will contain 900 hotel rooms and 400,000 square feet of office space. It has the distinction of being the first skyscraper without a flat roof in LA and will be the tallest structure west of the Mississippi.

The foundation is 18 feet thick and contains 7.1 million pounds of reinforcing steel that took six weeks to place. A Guinness World Record was even set by the 21,200 yards of continuously poured concrete making up the foundation.

Thanks to the skills, knowledge and safety practices of the journeymen and apprentices of Local Union 416 (Los Angeles), the massive concrete core (841 foot tall by 130 foot long by 30 foot wide, ranging from 4 feet thick at the base to 2 feet at the top) was topped out in February 2016 and took 744 days to complete.

At the job’s peak during the spring of 2015, there were a total of 110 reinforcing ironworkers on site from Local Union 416. When completed, Gerdau Reinforcing will have placed a total of 47 million pounds of steel. The Wilshire Grand Center is on track to be completed in 2017.