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Sep 24, 2021
From 600 feet Up – Q&A with our Crane Operator

The RBC Gateway + Four Seasons Minneapolis project has 600+ construction workers on site every day who work hard to build this new iconic building and stay on schedule. Learn about who they are and what they do! Today we’re talking with Operating Engineer Brent Friedrich to learn about his job, family and more.


Why did you become a crane operator?

My dad. He also runs some unique equipment. I’ve always had an interest in cranes and what they can do. I’ve been doing this for 11 years and was fortunate to train with some of the most highly respected crane operators in our area. They taught me things that you can only learn with experience, which helped me advance quickly.


Describe a typical day at work.

Typically, we are the first ones on site. We start climbing our cranes early in the morning. Every day varies as we are involved with just about every aspect of the project. Most of the skyscraper’s materials and products are handled by us.


What is the most challenging or dangerous part of your job?

The weather —without a doubt! We do our best to predict it, but we all know in Minnesota it’s constantly changing. Wind speeds and directions affect swinging, and poor sky conditions affect our visibility.


What do you do in your free time?

I live outside of Elk River, Minnesota with my wife Linzi and our two kids, who are 2 1/2 and 6 months old. I spend as much quality time with them as I can. We love everything outdoors, visiting new places and fishing as often as possible.


Thank you to Brent for taking the time to chat with us and stay tuned as we highlight more of the amazing team behind The RBC Gateway + Four Seasons Minneapolis Project!


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