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.”
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is moving forward with a contract with Elon Musk’s The Boring Company to build a high-speed people mover for the Las Vegas Convention Center.
The week kicked off at McCarran International Airport where LVCVA Host Committee Chairman Oscar B. Goodman hosted more than 1,000 employees of the Transportation Security Administration and presented them with a service dedication award. In addition, Goodman also delivered a keynote address at the 25th anniversary celebration of Valley High School’s Academy of Hospitality and Tourism program.