Shane - 12/27/2005 1:17 PM
Thank you. After 13 years of dealing with construction crews, contractors, and illegal aliens, I must also add that despite the foul mouths they have more sensitive feelings than a bevy of corporate big wigs. Ever seen one cry? Really dispels stereotypes.
I can't agree more. At my last job, I had better relationship with the crew at the site than my bosses in designer suits and eyewear who'd prefer to stay at the office. I traded in my oxfords and jackets for Timberlands and Carharts (my Carhart has become my prized possession, acquiring construction site patina such as paint and oil stains, burn marks (from both acid and arc welding), roofing tar, epoxy, etc).
The last project I worked on, I spent 80% of my time at the site and it was the one where 9/11 hit us hard. At the topping out ceremony (when the steel framing at the heighest point is put in place) the Spring after, saw several workers bawl as we dedicated the ceremony to the fallen heroes of 9/11. Since this was a job out in Long Island, it turns out there were quite a number of workers who lost their neighbors, acquaintances and relatives to the attacks as most of the law enforcement members who lost their lives in 9/11 took residence in Long Island.
One particularly fond memory from that job was when my 'designer' boss had issued a half-assed design detail that would have never worked and the sub came up with much more elegant solution. Before the job meeting with the sub, the general contractor and my boss, I coached the foreman of the sub to come up with two more bogus solutions and push for those two.
Well, what do you know, my Prada-junkie boss fell for it and agreed to go with the sub's solution.
I must say, I have nothing but contempt for those architects who prefer air conditioned offices and black designer outfits over job sites and who think the site is a dirty place with uneducated day laborers with foul mouths.