Selection of Newsmakers and Photos Is a Celebration
Dan Bascom, Steed Hammond Paul Inc. Cincinnati
This photo is an early morning shot of the second-floor slab-on-metal-deck concrete pour at a $14-million elementary school in Cincinnati. "One of the finishers took a break from his work while waiting for the concrete to set, and he left his knee pads waiting," says Bascom, construction administrator for local architect Steed Hammond Paul.
This issue of Engineering News-Record is special because it presents the editors' selection of the Top 25 Newsmakers of 2007 and their choice of Top Photos from 50 finalists in ENR's annual photo contest. It underscores the magazine's role since the first issue in April 1874 of being the industry record as well as a source of news that helps construction move forward technically, economically, philosophically and artistically.
The photos selected capture moments in which there is a sense of the drama, art, joy and danger that is part of the construction adventure. It might be a simple thing like a concrete finisher's "knee pads" awaiting his return from a break as the concrete sets. Or it might be ironworkers at elevation bolting together steel members on bridges.
Editors nominated Newsmakers from stories in the print and Web pages of ENR in 2007. Newsmakers were chosen for their positive contributions to the industry and to the public. The diverse group has, in fact, made marks on the industry that the editors feel will be indelible.
The selection of the Top Newsmakers and Top Photos reinforces the message that people are the industry's most important resource people who must be cultivated, challenged, compensated and respected.
The great structures of the world and even the more modest ones do not appear by magic. The process is a business, craft, profession and art form that takes leadership to be successful and safe. This issue celebrates construction's great accomplishments, strength and diversity.