Jeromie Westerling My Friend (r.i.p.)
This week we all lost a friend. He was a part of the Las Vegas construction scene for 20 years so he deserves a place on this site.
He always took personally every project he worked on. He poured his soul into them. No one can ever say that he didn’t care about the job.
Racing was his passion. We went to the race track every chance we could. NASCAR, dragsters, late models, go-carts. If it was happening out at LVMS, we made plans to go. We always talked about going to Talladega to see a race. We never made it. Sorry brother.
I’m really going to miss you. Rest in peace ‘ol Buddy.
Special shout out to my boys Don, Mike, Mark, Alfredo,
Kyle, Dave & Dave, Chris, Brad, Ozy, Bob, Jacob.
SLS opens in Las Vegas. Shout out to all the union
construction workers involved with this project
#TheRaymondGroup had a special hand in this
SLS opens in Las Vegas. Shout out to all the union construction workers involved with this project. #TheRaymondGroup had a special hand in this masterpiece.by
Many people do not appreciate the value of a good taper. They can make even the worst drywall installation look like a masterpiece.
What is a taper? He’s a mud slinger. A drywall finisher. A putty man. A coater. A floater. A boater. (I just threw in the last one because it rhymed with floater.)
Their tools of the trade have interesting names. What’s it gonna be today? A banjo or a bazooka? “Hey, go grab a pan and knife.” What? Pan and knife? Do we get that from the kitchen or the toolbox? Are we cooking an omelet or taping a wall?
Tapers operate on many levels. Many levels of ‘finish’ that is. Level one. Level two, etc. They can smooth out a wall so flat that you might think it’s a pane of glass.
It’s not all glamour though. A messy job being a taper. They are the guys you see dressed in white. I guess they wear white so you don’t notice the dried taping mud all over their clothes. And if you have to work near a taper, watch for the mud!
This is a picture of a taper in its natural environment. It’s Dan the Man. Best taper in the land? Well, you’ll have to ask him. But if you ask me, he’s pretty good.
We Build Las Vegas with Raul A. at the SLS by jbizzl
The transformation taking place at the north end
of the strip is nothing short of amazing. Most of us thought that the Sahara was a prime candidate for the next implosion. It was not to be.
When we build Las Vegas, we do it in many different ways. One of the ways is a full scale remodel. Just yesterday a “new” resort opened where the Barbary Coast used to be. That one didn’t get blown up either. Now named the Cromwell.
The SLS arises anew in the place of the Sahara. One of the We Build Las Vegas players is my man Raul A. You see him in a shot overlooking the pool with the iconic Stratosphere in the background. Raul is what we in the trade call a “skilled mechanic”. He has been building Las Vegas as a carpenter/framer for seventeen years now and shows no signs of stopping. A good mechanic is hard to find in this town, I can only hope to match his skills.
When you come to Las Vegas and see that fancy architecture, arches, domes, ellipses, barrel ceilings, serpentines and you say: how did they build that? There is a good chance Raul did it.by
On the corner of Las Vegas Blvd. and Flamingo there is a great thing happening. The rebirth of and old icon. Many of us remember the place to be the Barbary Coast. That seems like a long time ago. I met Dennis Quaid on the casino floor back in the day. Many of you will remember the place to Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall. No longer.
The new joint will be The Cromwell. It will be opening soon.
For a transformation of this magnitude to take place, it takes hundreds of skilled craftsman. Some have many years of experience at their chosen trade, and others are just starting out. We get it done no matter what.
In the top photo you will see Yany G. working the framing on the DJ structure adjacent to the pool. I understand that this will be a world class pool that will attract thousands just for the sights. In another photo you will see the half-sized Eiffel Tower. Yeah, we did that too. When we build it in Las Vegas, we don’t mess around.
Starbucks is something that everyone is familiar with across the country. Las Vegas is no different. The new Linq is nearing it’s completion and you will find another Starbucks among it’s offerings. When we build it in Las Vegas, that includes your beloved coffee stops as well. My friend Julian Jeffers is among the team of aces that get the job done in Las Vegas. Photo by Julian Jeffersby