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Construction Work Ends on the the epic Creative Co-Op - We Celebrate with an Open House Party

April 20, 2012 - All major construction on the epic Creative Co-Op came to an end this week, and to celebrate we had an open house party. After the studio fire at the end of January, we made a comprehensive punch list of things we needed to get done on the building before we could call the job complete. Early this week, we checked off the last of the items on that three page list. Yes!

Between Silver Rock Productions, GTIN Services, and Inspectioneering Journal we sent out over 225 invitations and we had between 125-150 people attend the event. We began planning the open house a couple of weeks ago when we met with Luke Redus, Founder of Compassion United Church of Conroe. Their mission is to help people in need through community outreach. They feed hundreds of folks each month including breakfast in the park on Saturday mornings, and through their food pantry. They have a large BBQ rig, tables and chairs, sound equipment and volunteers - which was just what we needed for our event.

Luke cooked up 12 briskets the night before the event, and in spite of a truck that was acting up, showed up early on Friday morning with his crew (his wife Carla, three boys, and volunteer Cody), and got everything set up. The weather - which had been beautiful all week - predicted rain for the afternoon. The sky's were overcast and we needed some divine intervention to get us through the lunch hour.

Our guests began arriving at 11:00am, and we started serving lunch at 11:30am. Tours of the new building were ongoing throughout the day. At 12:45pm we unveiled the building monument with the names of those people and companies that were instrumental in helping us build the epic Creative Co-Op. Immediately following the unveiling, Adam Falcon helped Sebastian Andrade apply a decal of his signature to the front of the building.

About 1:30pm the sky's turned gray, and the rain began. It continued through most of the afternoon, but our guests continued to arrive, and the rainy weather did not stop anyone from having a great time. Luke packed up his gear and departed just before 7:00pm. It was a wonderful celebration that was a long time coming.

This will be the last official post for the building portion of this project. We have many people and companies to thank that made the project possible. What happens next is still to be decided. We have additional land behind the epic studio that can be developed, and it appears the demand for non-conventional office space is strong in this area. As we figure out what to do next, we hope the epic Creative Co-Op might inspire you to try something a little different in your next project - the world needs more Purple Cows!

PS - During the construction of the studio we did a Panoramic photo (shot in June of 2011) you might enjoy seeing.  Click on the link below, then click on the "Full Screen" tab. Use your mouse to click and drag around the room and your scroll wheel to zoom in and out.  Enjoy!  epic Creative Co-Op Studio During Construction


Posted by on April 21, 2012

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Adam stands before the monument he built honoring those who played a part in the building of the epic Creative Co-Op.

Close up showing the names of companies and individuals who we want to thank.

The morning of the open house started off overcast.

Summer kitchen is stocked with great food and drink.

Wendie helps getting additional tables set up around the summer kitchen.

Luke Redus smoked 12 briskets the night before the party.

Luke, his wife Carla, their children and helper Cody got everything ready for our guests.

Luke came with his trailer loaded with everything we needed for the day.

We asked guests to bring canned food for Compassion United's Food Bank and gave a commemorative glass to those who did.

Brian Falcon and Gil Staley on the front deck.

The over sized picnic table was put to good use.

Mike and Stacy greet a guest and takes her on a tour.

Adam answers some construction questions.

Overview of the party area.

Marelize and her guests enjoy a drink before lunch.

Vic gives a tour to Walt, Anthony and John.

Food serving line set up - Brisket, Chicken and Smoked Links were on the menu.

Ted Edwards, President of T.F. Hudgins enjoys a lunch plate.

Ted, Vic, Mike and Morton.

Bill and Steve cue up for food.

Family and friends enjoy the festive atmosphere.

Guests continue to arrive throughout the afternoon.

After lunch we had an unveiling of the building monument.

Adam and Vic remove the drape.

Mike and Brian gave a nice gift of wine to Vic and Wendie.

Vic thanks everyone who played a part in the building. Shown here are Sebastian, Adam, Vic, David Ron and Truman.

Sebastian signs the building as Adam looks on.

Sebastian Andrade designed the building. His signature is on the front wall panels.