As project coordinator for the Woodson Art Museum’s construction and renovation projects, my last job of each day is to check the blood pressure of our Samuels Group field superintendent, Bruce Bradley. As the one who oversees the work, Bruce can get stressed out by the daily happenings of such projects. For those who don’t know Bruce, he is a large, daunting figure, but a self-described “teddy bear.” Bruce wears his heart - as well as his sweat - on his sleeve in his efforts to ensure this project is done under budget, on time, and to our liking. Not an easy job.
To complete my afternoon routine, I keep a sphygmomanometer in my office. The renovation project has been smooth, so I’ve only had to record a few bad readings in my daily log of Bruce’s blood pressure. Here are a few highlights:
- March 28: Subcontractor Stainless Specialists completes mechanical rough-ins two hours ahead of schedule – 120 over 75.
- April 11: All concrete pours went well, but Bruce saw snow in the forecast – 140 over 80.
- April 17: Bruce learns the new doors will be delivered three days later than promised – 190 over 100.
- April 24: A subcontractor uses colorful language to describe his recent honeymoon – 180 over 120.
- April 30: Museum administrative manager Shari Schroeder brings Bruce and crew big jar of candy – 125 over 80.
- May 3: Museum director Kathy Foley is the first person to notice one of the new exit lights is installed backwards – 240 over 12.