The Conco Companies were recently recognized for our concrete services on the new Wilshire Grand Project with the “2017 Charles J. Pankow, Jr. Award” from the American Concrete Institute’s Southern California Chapter. The Charles J. Pankow Jr. Award was established in 1984 by the ACI SoCal Chapter in honor of Charles J. Pankow, Jr. and is designed to recognize outstanding and innovative use of concrete in construction. Mr. Pankow was an active member of the Southern California Chapter since its inception and had served as the International President of the ACI from 1980-1981.
The prestigious award is only given out annually, if, in the judgment of the Awards Committees, a qualified project and contractor are nominated. Rules for how the award is bestowed include: “One award may be presented annually to recognize an outstanding, collaborative emerging innovation in design, materials, or construction-related research and development. Innovations must be new to the industry. Not more than one award may be given in any one year.”
During the course of constructing the Wilshire Grand, Conco set a world record for the largest continuous mat pour that required appoximately 2,000 truckloads of concrete and took 20 hours of continuous pouring. In total, crews laid down more than 21,200 cubic yards of concrete over 7.1 million pounds of reinforcing steel. We also purchased and used a new state-of-the art electric pump to help us pump concrete 650 feet horizontally and then 1,125 feet vertically in order to reach the highest levels of the skyscraper. Furthermore, as the pump was electric, it was both quieter and cleaner than a diesel pump.
Conco wishes to extend our thanks for all of the support and trust placed in us by our trade partners and the construction industry. Along with Conco serving as the concrete contractor, the other recipients of the award include the Wilshire Grand’s owner, Hanjin International Corp.; general contractor, Turner Construction Company; structural engineer, Brandow & Johnston and Thornton Tomasetti, and concrete supplier, CalPorland Ready Mix.
At The Conco Companies, we are one of the leading concrete contractors in the Western U.S. and offer a wide range of quality services and products. Our experience includes providing services for commercial, educational, parking and other construction development as well as public works projects. We serve California, Washington State, Oregon, Colorado and Nevada.