M. H. West & Co., Inc.’s main office is one block down from the Gateway Plaza Building Project. We can look out our office windows and see the progress being made on the building everyday. Perhaps the most interesting aspect is watching the enormous crane at the construction site pick up and place different building materials with precision. We found the article below by the Richmond Times Dispatch on the crane operator to be very interesting. We hope that you enjoy it as well:
Every working day, Richie Guerra climbs to his office.
You may have seen it — the cab of the tower crane he operates, 280 feet straight up at the Gateway Plaza high-rise project in downtown Richmond. There’s no elevator, no lift — just Guerra going up the ladder. About 380 rungs, altogether.
It’s one of the best jobs in the construction business, Guerra said, and worth the effort.
The 18-story, $110 million office tower being developed by Chicago-based Clayco Inc. — between Eighth and Ninth streets, facing Canal Street — is to be home of Richmond law firm McGuireWoods and other tenants. McGuireWoods will be moving a block from its current space in the James Center.
Mike Zetlmeisl, who runs the project for Clayco, said the developer expects to set the traditional evergreen on the structure’s top girder by July, and have the building ready for McGuireWoods’ 630 attorneys, staff and consultants by the following summer.
Guerra’s work is crucial to the project. “He has a pretty special skill set,” Zetlmeisl said. (more…)
Monument Avenue between Allen and Davis Avenues, 1-5 PM (Free)
Easter on Parade, the beloved Richmond tradition that showcases attendees “parading” up and down scenic Monument Avenue, continues this year on Sunday, April 20, 1-5 p.m. on the blocks between Allen and Davis Avenues. The event is produced by Venture Richmond and sponsored by Bon Secours.
Each year more than 25,000 people converge upon the four-block site to celebrate the arrival of spring and the beauty of Monument Avenue, taking this once-a-year opportunity to stroll in the streets, which are closed to vehicular traffic. Music, arts, crafts, children’s activities, food, balloon artistry, a petting zoo, and of course, people and pet watching all are a part of the celebration which is, literally, a parade of Richmonders. Admission is free.
A highlight of the event promises to be the ever-popular Pet Bonnet and People Bonnet Showcases, held at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively, on the Zayde R. Dotts Main Stage at Allen Avenue.
Major League Baseball celebrates Jackie Robinson Day today, April 15, 2014 to honor the legacy of the legendary Hall of Famer, and for the sixth consecutive year, all players and on-field personnel will wear Number 42. The annual celebration to commemorate the 67th anniversary of Robinson breaking Baseball’s color barrier in 1947 will feature on-field, pre-game ceremonies in ballparks throughout the League, including a special celebration featuring the families of Jackie Robinson and Nelson Mandela at Yankee Stadium.
“Jackie Robinson is an American icon whose accomplishments and leadership continue to inspire us in Baseball and our society at large,” Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig said. “Major League Baseball proudly celebrates his enduring legacy, which is reflected by extraordinary on-field diversity of players from all backgrounds, enthusiastic participation in youth baseball and softball, and proven results in diverse business efforts.”
“I am quite proud that when Jack stepped onto the field on April 15, 1947, and broke the color barrier in baseball, he helped to further social change in America,” said Rachel Robinson. “On behalf of our family and the Jackie Robinson Foundation, we are thrilled that Major League Baseball continues to honor him and works to ensure that what he stood for will not be forgotten by future generations.” Read More
Woof, Meow, Chirp….What do these sounds all have in common? These are the sounds of your pets cheering on their special day today – National Pet Day! Today is the official day for pampering your pet with a little extra love, treats and affection to show them just how much you care. Did you know that most households in the U.S. have at least one pet? Approximately 39% of U.S. households own at least one dog, and 33% own at least one cat. Pets provide us wonderful companionship and can actually help decrease our blood pressure and stress. Also, our furry or not so furry little friends have the natural ability to provide us joy and laughter as they share their unconditional love for us each and every day! So today is about giving back to the ones that give so much to us! However, like so many of life’s everyday joys, it’s easy to take pets for granted. Not this day, though! So whether you have a cat, dog, hamster, rabbit, bird, reptile, or goldfish, shower them with love and affection today! Happy Love Your Pet Day! And just in case you may be away or unable to set aside today, May is National Pet Month! So let the pampering begin! Woof!
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