BEAM US UP, VEGAS: Ceremonial hoisting of final construction beam marks milestone for Las Vegas Convention Center District expansion
Carpenters, iron workers, steel workers, pipe workers and skilled craftspeople of multiple construction disciplines — in total, about 650 of them from the combined teams of Martin-Harris Construction and Turner Construction — have imprinted their souls, their sweat and their names upon it. Watch it go up, up, up and … INTO PLACE.
And there it is: the crane-lifted placement on Aug. 20 of the final beam, maneuvered with ceremonial fanfare, for what will be the new Las Vegas Convention Center exhibition hall — all 600,000 square feet of it.
“I got a little bit of a shiver,” says Brian Yost, COO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA, which produces Las Vegas Newswire) after the hoisting, the beam adorned with an America flag, banners bearing construction and union logos, and a compact, symbolic evergreen tree plopped atop it. “I was looking at the two tradesmen that were up there receiving that final beam and locking it into place. Just incredible admiration for the hard work that they do and the courage they exhibit, standing on the cutting edge of those beams. It brings it all into perspective.”
AMIGOS & BUDDIES & PALS, OH MY!: Interactive art project at Delano invites us, via Post-it Note, to answer one question: What is a real friend?
“It’s a really simple question,” says Tanja Hollander, the artistic inquisitor behind the Post-it Note-slathered art installation, Are You Really My Friend? at Delano Las Vegas through Sept. 22. “But there are so many emotions and values and it really makes you think, even if it’s just for a minute, of what a person means to you.”
THE EMERALD ISLANDER: Many bartenders are characters, but few have the character of Cyril Kenny at Rí Rá Irish pub
Cue the cutest lilting giggle this side of Kilkenny, Ireland. Which is fitting because, respectfully, we’ll call him Cyril Francis Martin Kenny — from, yes, Kilkenny, Ireland. We go beyond the awards ceremony to hang out and spend time with the feel-good bartender from Rí Rá at Mandalay Place.