I’ve been following all the coverage about the opening of the new Bay Bridge connecting Oakland and San Francisco. It reminded me that Pittsburgh-based American Bridge teamed up with Fluor in a joint venture to serve as general contractor.
Years ago I interviewed Bob Luffy, who was then the CEO of American Bridge. He told me that American Bridge didn’t go after the easy jobs; only the toughest engineering challenges in the world. You can check them out on the company’s website.
Name a famous bridge and there’s a fair chance that American Bridge touched it at some point in its history. In a tour of their offices, one of the engineers showed me a roll of aging blueprints he pulled out of a drawer. The documents were the plans for the Chrysler Building in New York. If you want even more of the history behind American Bridge, once a unit of U.S. Steel, and their roll in making America, check out episodes of “The Men Who Built America” at History.com.
J.P. Morgan himself rolled up America’s bridge companies into U.S. Steel, the world’s first billion dollar corporation in terms of market cap, when Andrew Carnegie sold his interest in Carnegie Steel in 1901. American Bridge spun out of U.S. Steel in the ’80s. The good part is, both companies still call Pittsburgh home, and American Bridge is still tackling the toughest engineering challenges in the world.
As ImaginePittsburgh.com Neighbor and AlphaLab Director Jim Jen says, our region has a terrific entrepreneurial ecosystem. I’m looking forward to checking out some of it this Saturday at the Thrival festival. Part live-music festival, part innovation showcase, the event will bring together potential investors with companies from the Hustle Den, the East Liberty-based innovation incubator of the Thrill Mill.
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What: Steelers vs. Vikings When: Sept. 29, 5 – 10 pm Where: Sportsbar & Grill, 19-25 Cowcross Street, Farringdon, London
The City of Play Best Games Festival returns to Pittsburgh on Saturday, Aug 31, featuring urban games that turn streets into a playground, fields and parks into game sites and transforms the idea of sports with original games that make Pittsburgh a more playful place.
This isn’t gaming, but analog, run-around-after-the-ball games; as one organizer puts it: “A lot of people play games when they’re younger, but then they get into video games… this is about playing and being playful in real life as an adult.” Says founder Adam Nelson: “All of the games do something to help people integrate with their urban environment, or have some kind of new interaction with other members of the city.”
Last year’s festival featured such new games as Beat the Dark, Super Secret Spies, Nashville and Love at First Site. The $25 ticket also includes an end-of-the-night party featuring new original games from some of the best designers in the world. Participants meet at the Arcade Comedy Theater at 811 Liberty Ave. downtown.
Check out this video from last year’s festival, and learn more at CityOfPlay.org.
Pittsburgh may not have as large or concentrated an LGBT community as some larger cities, but for Josh Stewart, that’s OK.
“ Pittsburgh is a welcoming city in general,” says Stewart, who lives in Baldwin with his husband, Charles, and son, Thatcher. They find the region to be friendly, with a strong sense of community. “Pittsburgh is great place to live and work for an LGBT family.”
The number of jobs in the Pittsburgh region in July was up from the previous month, and showed year-over-year growth of 1.5 percent, Pittsburgh TODAY reported this week.
The regional indicator report, which compares Pittsburgh to the economic indicators of 14 other benchmark cities of similar size, noted job increases in energy and construction, financial activities, business services and leisure/hospitality from July 2013 from July 2012, while jobs in information, retail and with governments declined.