LOS ANGELES—Almost three months into the construction of the $1-billion Wilshire Grand development, the project is on track, according to the lead architects and contractors who gathered at Elevate Lounge, overlooking the construction site, for An Insider’s Look at Wilshire Grand, hosted by NAIOP SoCal. Carey McLeod, AC Martin principal-in-charge; Brendan Murphy, VP and operations manager at Turner Construction; and Jon Starr, senior project architect for the Wilshire Grand, spoke about the details of the building and some of the challenges.

As many already know, the massive development will become the tallest building west of the Mississippi once complete. It will have hotel, office and retail space, and is centrally located to all the downtown freeways and several public transit lines. When construction began in early February, developers broke the world record for the longest continuous concrete pour when 21,000 cubic yards was poured into create the foundation. “Our claim to fame is that Dodger’s Stadium wanted to pour a sidewalk that day, and there was no concrete left in the city. We used every last drop,” said Murphy at the event.

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