On the stairs, going to the second floor of Maverick Writers Studios, here at VSC, we encountered this:
It was nearly four inches long. Turns out it’s a female Dobson fly. Here’s the male version:
According to this helpful website, “the male, despite his formidable mandibles, is quite harmless. The female, whose mandibles are more functional, might nip if provoked, [but] she too is harmless.” A kind artist with a big can rescued the critter and set her loose outside. Where she is assisting in the demolition of asphalt.