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ACM Work Continues on East Wall, on the Large Picnic Table, and Dirt Work Around the building

September 25, 2011 - We made great progress on the 3D ACM (Aluminum Composite Material) wall this week, and only have a couple of panels to go to finish the entire east wall. Each of these boxes has to be carefully measured, scored, folded, and held together using corner clips. The box then has to be installed on the wall exactly 3/4 of an inch from the panels all around it. What makes it really challenging is the east wall of the building is not perfectly straight. As the wood used for the walls…

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The First Aluminum Composite Material (ACM) Panels Go Up

September 17, 2011 - The last major construction item on the epic Creative Co-Op is the trim work on the exterior of the building. We got almost 50% of the Aluminum Composite Material (ACM) panels built and applied this week - and they look great! In the last blog post we took a look at how the panels were fabricated, so this post will focus on the east wall and application of those panels. The panels we are using are manufactured by the Mitsubishi Company under the trade name ALPOLIC. Aluminum and…

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Work Begins on the 3D Sculpture Wall - Creating a Work of Art

September 10, 2011 - Well, we are down to the last major job on the building - the creation of a 3D sculpture wall on the east side (front) of the building. This wall will be made from a series of aluminum panels arranged in a pattern similar to a Mondrian painting. We wanted to make a statement on the front wall, and worked on literally dozens of patterns until we came up with one we all agreed was the winner. Before we go into more detail about the wall and the panels we are building for it, our…

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Painting - Deck Work -Cyc Wall and Landscaping

September 5, 2011 - With the record high temperatures through the month of August behind us (30 out of 31 days over 100 degrees F), the first week of September continued with much of the same. The good news was by the end of the week a cool front has (finally) broken through a stalled high that has made working outdoors miserable for most of the summer.  The work remaining on the building is now mainly decorative. This week we got most of the Cyc wall built, taped, floated and painted. Yesterday,…

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Cyclorama (Cyc) Wall Construction Continues - Landscaping - Garage Addition Added

August 28, 2011 - When the thermometer hit 109 degrees Fahrenheit, and the newscaster said "...we have just tied the highest temperature ever recorded in Houston", we knew it was time to call it a day. Fortunately, when the temperatures gets too hot to work outside, we have enough work to do inside to keep busy. And this week (like the last couple of weeks) the workers came in an hour early and left early as well in an attempt to beat the heat. Even so, we got the outside stairs installed,…

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epic Creative Co-Op Receives ADA Approval - Exterior Aluminum Composite Panel Work Continues

August 21, 2011- The record for consecutive days of temperatures exceeding 100 degrees for Houston was set in 1980 at 21. Yesterday, we broke that record, and this has been a summer we won't soon forget. Our building workers continued to install the Aluminum Composite Panels on the roof walls 20-30 feet in the air with temperatures sometimes as high as 105 degrees, and little or no wind.  The good news is the last of the roof panels went up on Tuesday, so another big job is checked off the…

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Decorative Roof Panels Go Up - Silver Rock Moves In - Work Continues on ADA Ramp

August 14, 2011 - We made great progress this week on the last remaining major job on the project - the installation of the Aluminum Composite Material (ACM) Panels. We also worked on adding some side walls to the ADA ramp, installing the metal handrails, and sealing the plywood decks. Silver Rock Productions moved in, and even did a video shoot in the studio which still looks more like a workshop than a production studio. The heat also made news this week as well. The record for Houston for…

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My Epic Internship

 August 10, 2011 – I found epic while job searching last summer and have been in touch with Vic (the Owner) off and on ever since. I was still in school when I applied so he suggested an internship when it came closer to my graduation. This summer came around and I am one semester from graduating, a great time for an internship. My Internship started very smoothly. Vic and the others here always made me feel at home and the environment and work ethic are second to none. They were patient…

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