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epic Creative Co-Op - Studio Progress, Summer Kitchen, and Interior Work - We Are Almost There!

March 16, 2012 - We are back to a short punch-list of items and we'll be done with the building of the epic Creative Co-Op! The pace over the past month has been fast and furious, but the building is now as good, if not better, than it was before the fire. We added a roof to the summer kitchen, and added a funky mailbox for our tenants - Silver Rock Productions, Inspectioneering Journal, and GTIN Services, and everyone is settling in. Each space has its own alarm system, and we all enjoy high…

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Sheetrock Installed - Mineral Wool Blown Onto Studio Walls - Unit #3 Leased to GTIN

March 6, 2012 - Danny Span and his crew returned this week to install the Sheetrock on the walls and ceilings of the studio. This is a BIG job, and because the walls are used as shooting backgrounds, there is no room for error. As you can see by the photos, Danny delivered and the studio is coming back to life. When cellulose is blown into the wall cavities and attic space, the difference in ambient sound levels is profound. While just about any substance will burn if heated enough, we were kind…

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Woodlands Commercial Realty - Photo and Video Shoot

March 5, 2012 - For over 30 years Ross Foldetta. CPM, has been involved in all facets of commercial real estate in the greater Woodlands area. Ross is the President of Woodlands Commercial Realty, a firm providing comprehensive commercial real estate services, and part of the Foldetta Group. Their philosophy is simple: "...Provide excellent service and deliver optimum property solutions to all our clients".  As a personal friend and client of Ross (he helped me…

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Major Repairs Made This Week - Framing - Insulation - Electrical

February 22, 2012 - We made a great deal of progress on the repair work over the past 12 days as you will see by the photos in this blog entry. The studio was a beehive of activity as Danny Span and his crew of framers and sheet rockers returned. The crews from Comfortemp returned and insulated the walls and ceilings (thanks for working on Sunday so we could keep our schedule). In addition, Adam, Cliff and Chad took care of the electrical work, carpentry, and steel work that needed to be done. Fernando…

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Fire Clean Up Work Ends - Reconstruction Begins

February 10, 2012 - Blackman Mooring completed their work on cleaning the interior of the building and they did a fantastic job. Every inch of the exposed walls and rafters were wiped down with chemical sponges, vacuumed, ozone treated and 2 dumpster loads of debris were carted off. Just a week after the fire started, the only place that smelled like smoke was the studio, and that is only when you get close to the source of the fire. I am confident that once the burned studs are removed, and the…

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Profiling the Edge of a (Man-Made) Granite Countertop - Toolocity Makes It Easy!

January 30, 2012 - After a restless night of sleep, we arrived back at the building early on Saturday to survey the damage in the light of day. Blackmon Mooring worked until midnight, and their crew of 20-25 workers did an excellent job of removing much of the wet and damaged insulation. But much like an iceberg, the actual damage turned out to be much greater than what we first surveyed that morning. The fireman had used a great deal of water and foam in the attic, and we determined that all the…

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The Cleanup Work Begins - Days 2 and 3 - Gut, Remove Clean and Dehumidify

January 29, 2011 -On Saturday morning the cleaning crews from Blackmon Mooring arrived in mass. At times there were at least 25 people working on all areas of the building. The company was also hired by Silver Rock Productions to clean their offices (first and second floor). They did a really good job by removing the small objects and cleaning them by hand. The walls and furniture were cleaned and the rugs shampooed. The air ducts were also cleaned.  They also have an technician who…

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epic Creative Co-Op Suffers a Fire in the Studio - Everyone is OK, but the Studio is a Mess.

January 27, 2012 - Tough day today. We had a fire in the epic Creative Co-Op. The good news is no one was hurt, but the studio portion of the building suffered extensive damage.  The day started off fine, but at 8:45am, Mike Huffine of Silver Rock Productions arrived and saw smoke coming out of the back of the building. He entered and realized the smoke was indeed from a fire inside the studio. He immediately came to my office, called 911 and he and I went out to see what we could…

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