POSTED: March 20th 2014

Hanjin Group sets Guinness World Record for world's largest concrete pour

AC Martin CEO Christopher Martin, Hanjin Group Chairman Cho Yang-ho, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti / Hanjin Group
AC Martin CEO Christopher Martin, Hanjin Group Chairman Cho Yang-ho, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti / Hanjin Group

MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Hanjin Group recently reported that their workers have accomplished a Guinness World Record by pouring 42,930 tons of concrete in one attempt. Korean Air is part of the Hanjin Group conglomerate.

This was all a part of the Wilshire Grand Hotel remodeling project in downtown Los Angeles. This concrete pour was the groundwork for the 335-meter-high skyscraper due to be completed in 2017.

This concrete pour was the world’s largest uninterrupted pour of concrete for a construction project.

Korean Air stated that the total of 1,800 cubic meters of concrete was dispensed into the underground pit on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

The company verbalized, “Pouring a massive amount of concrete at once will yield a solid, connected foundation in two weeks, while a more normal, but slower pour requires up two months for concrete to ripen,” they continued on saying, “And our work will allow us to complete the project quicker, thus raising efficiency.”

This project is all part of the city’s and Korean Air’s effort to build a new landmark for the downtown Los Angeles area. The hotel is set to open in 2017, and once it does, the 73-story tower will be filled with hotel rooms, along with offices. This building will end up being the tallest, west of the Mississippi River, and the eighth tallest in the United States. 

Those who were present at the site were the Hanjin Chairman Cho Yang-ho, Korean and United States dignitaries along with L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar, and Christopher Martin the architect of the tower and CEO of AC Martin, which is a L.A. based architecture, planning, and research firm.

Cho, who is also vice-president of the Korean Olympic Committee, stated during his commemorative speech, “The city of L.A. is seen as the main gateway to the U.S. for many Koreans since Korean Air launched its fight services to the city 40 years ago.”

He went on to say, “Korean Air will continue to develop its close ties with L.A. and the construction project for The Wilshire Grand Hotel will play a central role for such effort.”

This undertaking is projected by Korean Air to cost around $1.1 billion and create close to 1,700 jobs when it is completed and open. Additionally the city of L.A. is estimated to collect roughly $16 million per year in the hotel’s tax revenue.

Keywords · Hanjin Group · Korean Air · Los Angeles · Wilshire Grand Hotel · Eric Garcetti · Cho Yang-ho · Christopher Martin · Guinness World Record

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