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October 30, 2011 - This week the weather turned great and it was nice enough for Scott of Silver Rock to take his computer outdoors and do his work from a second floor deck. Part of the dream of this building is for creative people to work in ways that are not possible in conventional/traditional office buildings. There are several private decks around the building along with one very public meeting area.
And work continued on that public area with the summer kitchen build out. The framing work was completed, and we were able to get the walls, counter top, plumbing and electrical rough work done. We also had an unexpected visit by Brian Egan, the President of Southwest Building Products who stopped by early in the week. He was impressed with our project, and mentioned his company distributes a variety of masonry building products. He told us about a very unique counter top he offers called FuezGlass which is a fusion of low carbon cement & 100% post consumer recycled glass.This material is very cool - let me explain...
Posted by on October 31, 2011
October 24, 2011 - This week we revised the punch list of things we need to do for the construction of the project to come to and end, and the good news is we are down to 3 pages of relatively minor items. Most of the things on the list are from the outside of the building - trim, painting, deck and ramp coating, summer kitchen, and some flat work (concrete walk extensions). One item that was nice to check off was the large picnic table we built between the epic studio and the Creative Co-Op. This table will serve as a meeting and break area where we can socialize (without sitting in front of a computer).
Posted by on October 24, 2011
October 16, 2011 - We continued our work this week on adding exterior trim, getting the picnic table and benches ready to be tiled and putting in some plants in the first phase of landscaping the property. We have also had several folks interested in leasing the space (even though we have not advertised it anywhere to date!).
We began work this week by taking up the 3/4" exterior plywood outside the 2nd floor of the Silver Rock Deck. Silver Rock wanted something special there, and we installed 6" exterior deck boards which look great. The plywood decking we removed was re-purposed for the picnic table and benches. With this wood in place, the picnic table is ready for a tile top, and staying true to form, we found some awesome porcelain tile at Emser Tile in Spring for just $.79/sq. ft. (reduced from $3.50/sq. ft.) . We also used some recycled brick pavers and AC unit bases for the floor of our outdoor kitchen.
Posted by on October 17, 2011
October 14, 2011 - Imagine a private high school trying to raise over 7 million dollars for a new sports complex in today's economy. Talk about a challenge! How do you helps sponsors, alumni, families and friends understand your vision for converting a run down YMCA facility into a state-of-the-art athletic facility? This is the task given to Silver Rock Productions for their client Westbury Christian, a private school in southwest Houston. Silver Rock was charged with creating a video for a capital campaign gala with Bobby Bowden, the famous coach of University of Florida, would MC. This would have to be one emotional video to get the financial support they needed to buy and rebuild the old Y.
Silver Rock asked epic to meet with Westbury Christian to determine if it would be possible to create a 3D animated fly through of the YMCA with all the specific detail they had in mind. The head coach and Headmaster at the school had been thinking about their new facility for some time, and they had just about every part of it figured out. But at this point it was all in their heads - the only source material we had to work with was a small 2D graphic created for a post card the school used to promote the event. To make it even more interesting the gala was scheduled just five weeks from our first meeting. They did pledge to help us with the visualization every step of the way, and that made all the difference in the world. Here is how we did it.
Posted by on October 14, 2011
October 9, 2011 - It is amazing how some simple trim around the exterior of the building can make such a difference in how it looks. Each piece of trim has to be carefully cut, routed, bent, fabricated and installed. It is time consuming work that has to be done with precision, but it is well worth the effort.
Other work we accomplished included getting the picnic table and benches installed, and we used the skid steer to move and shape the dirt around the building.
Posted by on October 10, 2011
October 2, 2011 - By the end of the week, we put the last aluminum panel on the front wall of the building and it came out awesome! During the construction of the wall, we did a time lapse so you can watch the wall take shape over the two weeks it took to build. We have some editing work to do on those photos, and as soon as they are ready, we will post them to this blog. With the big 3D wall out of the way, we turned our attention to the trim work on the building, and the large picnic table that goes between the epic Studio and the new Creative Co-Op building.
We opted to use some of the Blue APOLLIC aluminum composite panels for the trim on the ramp.In addition to being decorative, the trim was designed to meet ADA standards (it has to be enclosed by a 4" high wall around the base of the ramp), and will also help channel water down the ramp and away from the building. We also had a surprise visit by the Mitsubishi ALPOLIC salesman who was very pleased with how we were using their product in a wide variety of applications.
Posted by on October 03, 2011
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