Factoid: To signify the birth of a new building, Scandinavian iron workers, as early as 700 AD, placed a small tree atop the last beam before hoisting it into place
On April 26, in heightened anticipation, an estimated 100 invitees gathered to celebrate the final beam destined for Washington Commons. Painted white for signing by owners and builders, the steel beam would, suitably, go up in the elevator shaft. (Imagine all those proud little iron atoms buzzing around, giggling the way iron atoms do, making jokes. “Beam me up, Scotty!”)
Factoid: Captain Kirk never said ”Beam me up, Scotty.” (No lie. Look it up.)
For an ‘uplifting’ event, Washington Commons takes the taco (you had to be there). What a day! What a party! Anne, emotionally overcome, got teary. “It really was a profound day of love and appreciation for the construction workers and our professional team—and for what we are creating.”
Hard-hats off to our highly regarded construction superintendent John Randall. A construction superintendent from another MarketOne project attended our beam-signing just to see what John was up to. A MarketOne safety supervisor told Fran how proud he was that our building is going up so quickly. “And smoothly! No accidents, zero injuries!”
Chris, rising to the occasion to thank several construction workers, noted a pleased but bemused response. “It was probably a first for them! But such an upbeat atmosphere of inclusiveness! Everyone eating, gabbing, laughing, and signing the beam together, so energetic and happy.”
High-fives to the Social Team for topping expectations! Seeing everyone sign the beam overwhelmed Jenny. “This ceremony was an amazing way to celebrate our construction workers, UDP, investors, and Washington Commons members. I loved it!” she said, giving a shout-out to Bea, Carol, Lisa, Patrick, and Sandra. “And thanks to Nancy for the Oak Tree! And Cathy and Danny for helping plan the party! Plus Sarah from MarketOne for coming up with tables, chairs, and delicious food!”
Carol’s reaction: “Wonderful beyond belief! Just a delight to break bread (fabulous Mexican feast!) and thank so many individuals involved in our project. So inclusive! Construction crew, office workers, title company and bank officials—a once-in-a-lifetime experience!“
Summing up, Stu felt the beam signing enlarged his and Willa’s appreciation for their 6-year-long journey. ”It is not just members’ money purchasing a building. Our building is people: construction workers, bankers, lenders, friends, relatives. To see them come together and sign the beam expanded our notion of who is creating this better way to live. It’s not only the future residents!”
“Future residents meeting the workers building their homes is unusual,” agreed Danny. “And wonderful!” she added, beaming.
Factoid: Iron is found not only on earth but in the sun and stars.