Archive for March, 2009

Issues? We don’t need no stinkin’ issues…..

March 22, 2009

Here’s what we’re putting in the balance beam at the mo’, figuring out where are the ulitmate values (versus the temporary and more flash values)….

The lobby: lobby1

Do we make the floor at the level where the ramp you see is at the lowest point, or raise the floor to meet the level of the parking lot, outside the wooden wall that is where the front door will be? Between the two lies a difference in ceiling height of well over 2′. The other difference is only a matter of money, and, to be frank, what your impression is of the building upon walking inside for the first time.

Well, that decides it. How the place is perceived upon walking in is pretty key to welcoming people and having them want to do business with us, and have a party in our place. So…the we spend the dough and have a high ceiling in the lobby.

 

Doing this will let us hang Warren‘s chandelier, whatever form it takes in the end:img_00841Other details: we plan on using insta-hot heaters for the sinks upstairs, eliminating the need to run hot water lines and maintain a constant inventory of that much more hot water. The same goes for the sinks in the downstairs bathrooms. 

I’m looking into (hold the crinkled noses, please) waterless urinals. I think we’re only scheduled to put one in place, but it’d be simpler from a plumbing perspective. There’d be no maintenance of a valve mechanism, too. They require daily cleaning, however, and that could be a challenge we don’t want to take on. We’ll see.

We’re also investigating pressured toilets. They do a better job of clearing the waste lines, and supposedly use less water. If it makes $ sense, we might install dual-flush toilets, though the cost/benefit ratio might be not work out.

These are very mundane or base issues compared to having a better lobby, but they involve embedded technologies and some reflection of values we want to express and exercise, so they cannot be dismissed as unimportant.

Today I spent an hour painting over grafitti that’d been thrown up on the building. What a drag. I’m all for artistic expression, etc., etc., but this is nothing more than vandalism with a better name. Once we have cameras watching the exterior we’ll be able to watch who might do this, but it will be a futile exercise; what are we going to do, track down the nameless culprits? Eventually the neighborhood will become active enough that the street life will dissuade this activity.

New Boots and Panties*

March 15, 2009

Latest photos of the latest new bits:

Lynn braved the ladder to scope out the new flooring in what will become the offices:

Out with the bad wood, in with the good.

Out with the bad wood, in with the good.

 Some of the original wood can be saved, but not all.

 

This is the back wall. It looks out onto Hope Street and west. The smokestack will be visible inside the office.

This is the back wall. It looks out onto Hope Street and west. The smokestack will be visible inside the office.

Here are two new doors; the first will lead into the kitchen and the second into the room that will house our dumpster (off the street).

Doors. Not sexy. But new and therefore neat.

Imagine, if you will, produce being walked in through this door.

Imagine, if you will, produce being walked in through this door.

Less intriguing, but the door where the dumpster will be is important, too.

Less intriguing, but the door where the dumpster will be is important, too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The steel beams that’ll hold up the Atrium floor will be visible from below. And those that will be above the new floor will be visible, too. They’ll get cleaned later, but right now we had to get years of dust and grime off the lower beams.

Javier Teran will put the finishes on the walls once they're ready. Here he's cleaning the beams, which he'll seal later so they're Look At Me worthy.

Javier Teran will put the finishes on the walls once they're ready. Here he's cleaning the beams, which he'll seal later so they're Look At Me worthy.

 

The new garage door on Palmer Street. It'll open into the warehouse. The windows will be glass block with vents. The large, unfinished opening will have a single door, no window.

The new garage door on Palmer Street. It'll open into the warehouse. The windows will be glass block with vents. The large, unfinished opening will have a single door, no window.

I climbed up the ladder and took this shot to give an idea of what it’ll be like standing in the Atrium. I’m photoshop challenged, so no faux floor has been inserted:

 

That's the door that will open into the Atrium.

That's the door that will open into the Atrium.

 

Another view of how things will look when you're standing in the Atrium.

Another view of how things will look when you're standing in the Atrium.

*A nod of the head to Ian Dury.