November 20, 2011 - This week we turned our attention to cleaning up the site, and even made a little money taking some of the iron scrap to the recycling yard in Houston.We also talked with a prospective tenant for units 9 & 10, and decided to build out one interior room for the unit. This required we clean up and organize the materials left over from the build.
Throughout the project, when we cut out walls it resulted in drops from the corten steel. We also had drops from the tubing and pipe we cut for handrails and supports. We put the iron into two separate pile. One pile contained materials that could possibly be used somewhere else on the job, and the other pile was for scrap that was too small to reuse. We did this with both steel and wood. This week, we culled through the piles and took our first load of steel to the recycling yard and disposed of the wood that was not possible to reuse.The trip to the scrap yard was really interesting.
Posted by on November 20, 2011
November 13, 2011 - We are making great progress on checking off the items on our punch list, and this week we worked on organizing the building. Now that we have a concrete floor under the ramp, we were able to move the Silver Rock utility trailer out of the studio and into this secure area. We also cleaned up in and around the building, getting our tools and materials organized. It is important from time to time, to stop and organize the site. Soon, we will start to formally show the building and look to lease out the remaining spaces.
We continued work on the summer kitchen, and got the plumbing installed and working. We added concrete pavers in front and to one side of the counter, and painted both the inside and outside of walls. Next week, we will add a footrest (a 2" OD steel pipe) to the front wall of the summer kitchen, and finish trimming it out.
I visited Southwest Building Products and picked up a small sample of FuzeGlass counter top material. This product is really amazing. It is lighter than I expected, and the imbedded glass really bring the surface to life. Next week we will detail the installation of this low carbon cement and recycled glass product.
Posted by on November 14, 2011
November 11, 2011 – I started out my internship here at epic like I figured most people would at any other internship, cautious with nothing really to work on or do. Within the first day of my internship that changed. Unlike some interns who go and make copies or get lunch for everyone in the office for the entirety of their internship, I actually worked on meaningful tasks which helped me progress in both work know-how and familiarity with the field I want to pursue later in my life.I loved the work environment at epic, easygoing at times but hard working and focused more often then not.
Posted by Marta Rippetoe on November 11, 2011
November 06, 2011 - Try as we might during the planning stage, there have been a number of things we had to fix once the building was built. One of those items was the amount of flatwork needed around the building. Flatwork includes concrete walks, driveways, patios, and floors for the storage shed. This week we poured another 9 yards of redimix concrete to places we came up short on when we did our initial pours in August.
For example, ADA codes required a 36 inch sidewalk around the building. We made ours 48 inches, but did not take into account that when the doors are open, they block most of the sidewalk. This caused people to walk in the dirt around the doors. Not good. For our wet bar area we thought we would use some old pavers, but that made for a less than smooth surface to walk on. So, we decided to pour a thin concrete slab on top of the pavers to make for a nice floor. Perhaps the most challenging pour came with our decision to pave the area under the ADA ramp which has become an important storage space.
Posted by on November 07, 2011
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