What Is the Difference between Rock Climbing Ratings and Grades?

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Brian Vanderburgh, a graduate of the construction management program at Syracuse University, has enjoyed a successful real estate development career that includes over $6 billion in construction projects. After several years in Las Vegas and New York, he moved on to Hedrick Brothers Construction to serve as vice president of hospitality and senior project manager. Outside of his work in real estate development, Brian Vanderburgh enjoys active hobbies such as surfing, hiking, and rock climbing.

Rock climbing systems are routinely classified under both a ratings system and a grading system to help climbers plan accordingly. Whether indoor or outdoor, rock climbs are subject to a ratings methodology known as the Yosemite Decimal System (YDS). The YDS classifies climbs on a scale of one to six. A rating of one signifies a flat trail, while a rating of six refers to a wall with no footholds or handholds that cannot be climbed.

Alternatively, rock climbing grades communicate the length of time a climb might take. This grading system, which utilizes Roman numerals, currently begins with Grade I and ends with a Grade VII. While a Grade I climb should take a few hours, a Grade VII climb would extend well over two days. Since indoor climbing walls do not carry the same risk of being stranded, climbing grades are only applied to outdoor rock walls.


A Few Tips for Addressing Wildlife On a Hike

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Brian Vanderburgh is the senior vice president of hospitality and preconstruction at Hedrick Brothers Construction in West Palm Beach, Florida. Over the course of his career in construction, he has gained considerable experience throughout the greater Las Vegas, Nevada area. Away from work, Brian Vanderburgh enjoys staying active by hiking and rock climbing.

There are a number of safety concerns individuals must address prior to a hike. One concern involves learning about the potential wildlife one might encounter in certain areas and how to address these animals. Like most animals on or near a trail, snakes prefer to avoid human interactions at all costs. However, snakes are capable of defending themselves when they feel threatened. Hikers should always be aware of where they are stepping on a trail, particularly if snakes are common in the area, and wear long pants if they intend to go off trail.

A bear is arguably the most physically intimidating animal a hiker may run into. Bears have an acute sense of smell, so overnight hikers should prepare food far from their campsite. Day hikers are advised to keep running conversations and make general noise, as bears will commonly travel in the opposite direction of human voices. Should a hiker come face to face with a bear, it is advised to stay calm, avoid eye contact, and slowly back out of the area.

Not all wildlife is as obvious as a hissing rattlesnake or an enormous grizzly bear. Ticks rank among the most dangerous and common animals a hiker can run into. In order to minimize the threat posed by ticks, hikers should dress appropriately and apply a trusted repellent, such as permethrin, before a hike. It can also help to stay on the middle of a hiking trail and avoid overgrown paths or bushwhacking excursions.

The Bellagio Hotel’s Iconic Lake and Fountains


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Brian Vanderburgh is a longtime Las Vegas construction executive who has guided major resort projects on the Strip, including Encore & Wynn Resorts and the Paris Hotel and Casino. Brian Vanderburgh is currently based in West Palm Beach, Florida, and is a vice president with Hedrick Brothers Construction.

One of his major Las Vegas development projects as area manager was the Treasure Island & Bellagio Resort and Casino. Working with Wynn Design & Development, he oversaw the creation of the conservatory and lake feature at the Bellagio Hotel.

Taking its inspiration from the Italian town of Bellagio on Lake Como near the Swiss border, it was natural that the Bellagio Hotel would have a lake as its centerpiece. The lake comes into its own at night, when The Fountains of Bellagio present an intricately choreographed performance tied to music and lights.

Undertaken in collaboration with WET Design, the project involved the installation of more than one thousand fountains that shoot water as high as 460 feet into the air. Dining at the Bellagio has been designed to maximize exposure to the fountains, with floor-to-ceiling windows gracing both the restaurant Lago di Como and the nightclub HYDE.

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The Business Culture at Hedrick Brothers Construction – An Overview

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Brian Vanderburgh is an experienced construction executive who has developed properties across Las Vegas, Chicago, and West Palm Beach. Formerly a project manager for the Encore & Wynn Resorts in Las Vegas, Brian Vanderburgh now serves as a senior project manager at Hedrick Brothers Construction.

A property development and construction firm, Hedrick Brothers Construction was founded in 1979 in West Palm Beach, Florida. The firm provides comprehensive services that range from pre-construction and general contracting to management and design-build services that are backed by a commitment to quality and customer service.

Hedrick Brothers’ organizational culture provides the foundation for this high-quality work to occur. The firm has established a culture rooted in three core principles:

1) People – The company focuses on effective leadership that fosters trust and creativity. Open communication and personal and professional development is also emphasized as a means to empower employees.

2) Passion – A culture of passion for the work that is carried out is a tradition of excellence that manifests itself through experienced and high-quality professionals who take pride in the projects they undertake.

3) Performance – Company employees have a commitment to excellence and seek to simplify life for customers. The firm actively seeks to improve efficiency, maintain high levels of performance, and minimize waste.

Hedrick Brothers Construction Supports the ACE Mentor Program


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Over the span of his career, Brian Vanderburgh has managed commercial building contracts valued at more than $6 billion. His expertise includes governmental code and regulation evaluation, structural and infrastructure oversight, owner and developer advisement, and in-depth project analysis. Having served as supervisor for multiple construction projects in Las Vegas, Nevada, Brian Vanderburgh is now vice president of hospitality and preconstruction for Hedrick Brothers Construction.

Committed to community involvement and corporate philanthropy, Hedrick Brothers Construction supports professional and charitable organizations through monetary contributions and materials, time, and talent. Hedrick Brothers Construction is a sponsor of Southern Florida’s ACE Mentor Program at Delray Beach’s Atlantic High School.

The ACE Mentor Program is comprised of professionals from local building industry firms and high school and university educators with expertise in the fields of architecture, construction, and engineering. Mentors share their knowledge and experience with juniors and seniors in high school, and provide them opportunities to visit construction sites, tour the workplaces of industry professionals, and conduct research on and interact with suppliers.

An Overview of Virtual Design and Construction Technology


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Brian Vanderburgh is vice president of hospitality and preconstruction of West Palm Beach, Florida-based Hedrick Brothers Construction, a design-build and general contracting firm. Skilled in leading all phases of construction thanks to completing multiple projects in Las Vegas, Brian Vanderburgh introduces clients of Hedrick Brothers Construction to Virtual Design and Construction (VDC), a novel technological tool that saves time, expense, and problems throughout the entire building process.

VDC brings a unique perspective to each client’s building project by providing a simulated virtual model of the completed structure prior to its construction in reality. The virtual schemes and information models provided by VDC assist owners in making critical decisions regarding their project’s final design early in the building process, rather than after the project has been completed.

The goal of VDC is to identify, analyze, and avert potential problems that may occur during the building process, through the use of virtual modeling and analysis that simulates each element of a project’s design and construction. VDC also promotes information exchange and communication among all stakeholders and project team members throughout each part of the project, helping increase the efficiency of project delivery and potentially reducing costs.