Monthly Archives: March 2016

“Topping Out” Ceremony for the Wilshire Grand’s Concrete Core

After three years of hard work and 744 days since the historic mat pour, the “Wilshire Grand Core and Steel Topping Out” ceremony was celebrated on March 8, 2016.   Workers from the construction project’s manager, Turner Construction, The Conco Companies … Continue reading

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The Tradition behind the “Topping Off Ceremony”

Just like many groups of workers, the construction industry also has its own set of traditions and ceremonies.  One such interesting tradition is the “topping off (or topping out) ceremony,” which is a builders’ rite held when the last beam … Continue reading

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Looking for Professional Concrete Pumping?

The Conco Companies make it easy to get the highest quality concrete pumping services for your construction job. We have a fleet of state-of-the-art concrete pumping equipment located throughout the West Coast that is ready to provide you with first-class … Continue reading

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Mesopotamia’s Mud-Brick Building Material

Archaeological evidence indicates that some of the very earliest large-scale buildings were in ancient Mesopotamia; however, in many cases, the only thing that has survived is traces of their foundations. We have better examples of the impressive buildings constructed by … Continue reading

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Ready-mixed Concrete

While concrete is produced in several different forms, ready-mixed concrete is the most common. In fact the Portland Cement Association (PCA) states that almost seventy-five percent of concrete is used as a ready-mixed form. Referred to as RMC, the concrete … Continue reading

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Resilient Construction with Concrete

A recent trend that is getting attention from the building industry is “resilient construction.” The movement is defined by the National Ready Mix Concrete Association (NRMCA) as a push toward “more durable construction of today’s residential and commercial buildings that … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Skyscrapers in the Early Twentieth Century

Working on the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco and the Wilshire Grand Center in Los Angeles, we have a newfound respect for the advancements made over the last century in the construction of skyscrapers. Developments in engineering techniques made it … Continue reading

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