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Watch video of 2018 Q Award Presentation

Honoring Korea Air for Wilshire Grand Center


2018 Q Award Recipient

The 2018 Q Award Presented to Korean Air for its Development of the Wilshire Grand Center.

Los Angeles, CA – A full crowd of construction industry professionals attended this year’s Q Award presentation to Korean Air for its development of the Wilshire Grand Center. The Alliance for Quality Construction’s selection has redefined Los Angeles’s skyline. The Wilshire Grand Center’s tower pinnacle is hard to miss with a glass covered sail and a 175-foot steel spire to claim it as LA’s newest and tallest skyscraper at 1,100 feet.

The award presentation and lunch took place in the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown Hotel located within the Wilshire Grand Center. This year’s speakers were Brendan Murphy, Senior Vice President of Turner Construction, Ron Miller, Executive Secretary of the Los Angeles/Orange County Building and Construction Trades, Pam Ackrich, Alliance for Quality Construction Chair, and Chris Park, Senior Vice President of Hanjin International, a company division with Korean Air.

Beginning with the 2018 Q Award video describing the challenges to constructing the Wilshire Grand Center, mention was made regarding the incredible concrete foundation that took hundreds of workers and management to complete, all within a one-day pour.  This cement pour received a Guiness Book of World Records recognition for the largest continuous pour.

Ron Miller explained how the success of the Wilshire Grand Center project depended on complete cooperation between local government, Korean Air, Turner Construction, sub contractors, and of course the hundreds of union craftspeople. “I visited this site during construction and I can tell you that the sight of our craftspeople working in concert with each other was incredibly impressive, as was their safety record,” said Miller. Mr. Miller also mentioned how only a few years ago construction work in Southern California had a major slow down and thousands of union craftspeople were out of work. Now many substantial projects are in progress with several more to begin construction.

General contractor representative and project manager, Senior Vice President of Turner Construction Brendan Murphy, took to the podium to present a fascinating recollection of the construction of the Wilshire Grand Center. Mr. Murphy expressed the challenge of planning and construction within a city block without disrupting or damaging the perimeter of streets, utilities and subway routes. He showed a time-lapse video of demolition of the previous hotel through to the construction and completion of the Wilshire Grand Center. Murphy gave accolades to the sub contractors and their union work force.

Chris Park, Senior Vice President of Hanjin International, a Cho Korean Air subsidiary, was presented and accepted the award for property owner Korean Air from AQC Chair Pam Ackrich. Pam Ackrich read the engraved wording on the award, “Alliance for Quality Construction 2018 Q Award honoring Korean Air and its Wilshire Grand Center for their outstanding contribution toward the attainment of quality construction within the building industry of Southern California.” Mr. Park graciously accepted the award and then spoke about his history with the company. He was a manager at the previously demolished hotel until the owner Mr. Cho offered him a job with the new development. Mr. Park said, “This has been a challenging project and I am proud to be a part of. There were many details along the way of which I would discuss with owner Mr. Cho.” He thanked the Alliance for Quality Construction for the honor, and recognized the incredible work by the union contractors and labor.

Pam Ackrich stated, “Given the nature of the tight confines of this massive project, it is amazing how the collection of contractors, government and craftspeople can construct such a beautiful project with an extraordinary safety record. This type of project is why Turner Construction and Korean Air chose the best workforce in the business to complete the structures on time and within budget.”

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Photo Gallery
Photos by Winnk by Katy Winn




Capacity crowd at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown hotel’s Hollywood Ballroom.




Cement Masons representatives entering the venue.




Emcee for event Barry Garfield of
Building Trades News.


Brendan Murphy, Senior Vice President Turner Construction Company, the project’s general contractor.


Ron Miller, Executive Secretary of
Los Angeles/Orange County Building and Construction Trades Council.


AQC Chair, Pam Ackrich presenting the
2018 Q Award to Chris Park, on behalf of
Korean Air.


Chris Park, Senior Vice President of Hanjin International on behalf of Korean Air.



(left to right) Brendan Murphy, Chris Park, Pam Ackrich, and Ron Miller.


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