Balancing Act

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Memoir  |  House: Booksie Classic
Witnessing building history in action; A breathtaking moment!

Submitted: October 29, 2018

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Last week, I had the experience of being in the right place, at the right time.  Just as I drove in to park at my apartment residence, two men were balancing on a new hospital building addition platform.  A very tall crane was being operated skillfully and precisely as it carried a heavy steel girder toward them, as they waited to guide it into place.  At this point they were adding the beams to create the third floor of a four story project located on the other side of a safety fence, next to our apartment complex.

A fellow construction worker was in the parking lot near my car, capturing the event on film.  I held my breath as the men tried several times to align and secure the steel girder to its destination.  Suddenly, I was seeing first hand how truly dangerous this sort of work can be.  These men had to have excellent balance and nerves of steel, themselves!  The mission was a success.

At first, we resented this massive, months long project.  Though our unit doesn't face it, we hear the commotion, and will for some time to come.  This addition to a growing trauma center hospital will add patient rooms, common areas, and palliative care expansion to an already vibrant treatment center.  In a very real sense, I can bless this project day by day, and hold the safety of the men on the project in my heart.

My attitude has moved from annoyance to amazement.  One day, I even had the opportunity to watch the largest crane closing down like a praying mantis, as severe weather approached our community. 

The scope of a project of this size and complexity is awe inspiring.  The number and variety of construction workers shifts week to week.  Imagine working in these conditions in the hottest and windiest summers, and sometimes bitterly cold winters. 

I salute those who do this work for a living.  One day this building will be complete, serving patients and families, providing additional jobs, and taking on the purposes for which it is now being created.

Girders and rivets—their symbolism can be applied to any new undertaking!

(Have you ever really watched a construction project taking place?  What were your thoughts?)

 


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