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Fire Marshal Inspects Building - Carpet Installed - Trim Work Continues

July 30, 2010 - This week we had the Fire Marshal come to the job site for his inspection - and all went well. He toured the building and we had five minor things we needed to correct. They included automatic door closers on all exit doors, weather-stripping around the large studio door, mounting the address signs on the building, installing some missing outlet covers, and adding some signs to the exit doors. We got all of the items corrected, and next week we should have our Certificate of Occupancy.…

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Creative Co-Op Receives Engineering Approval - Safety & Fire Equipment Installed

July 24, 2011 - The epic Creative Co-Op passed a huge milestone this week with the final inspection and approval by Ron Saikowski, our project engineer. A couple of weeks ago Ron visited the building and we went through it inch by inch. Ron gave us a list of things we needed to do before he would sign a form required by the Fire Marshall needed to request their inspection. On Friday, July 23, we again walked the building with Ron and we pointed out to him where each and every one of the items…

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Oak Moldings, Fire Safety Equipment, Cyc Wall Construction, and Our First Photo Shoot in The Studio

July 17, 2011 - We started the week by updating and posting a check list of all the work remaining on the project. This 4 page sheet was divided into A, B and C list items. We need to get all of the A items on the list done before we can call our engineer back to sign off on the job. Once he signs off on it, we will send the sealed document to the Fire Marshall's office and set a time for them to come by for a review. The A items on the list include a number of safety code requirements (hand…

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Tile Completed, Counter Tops Installed, Painting and Finish Work Continue

July 10, 2011 - With most of the heavy lifting out of the way, we turned our attention to completing the installation of the floor tiles, installing the laminate counter tops, painting several walls and ceilings, installing the toilets and we even took some time to visit two of our vendor companies. By far, the most exciting work was getting the laminate counter tops installed in the kitchens and bathrooms. If you have not used laminate in a while, you might be surprised by the number of new styles…

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Tile Installed - Toilets Installed and Interior Walls Painted

July 1, 2001 - Well, you didn't need to be much of a weatherman to know that we have been going through a hot spell even by Houston standards. Last night it was made official - the past month was the hottest June on record! There were so many days that the mercury hit 100 we stopped counting. And the days when it was just under 100, the humidity made it feel like a sauna.  Working in it has been miserable, but we got a great deal of work done in June and are on track to have our anchor tenant…

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Flatwork Completed - Work Continues on Ramp, Firestopping and Interior Painting

June 24, 2011 - This week the ready-mix cement truck showed up for the second time and now we have our driveway and walks completed. Does it ever feel good to walk on a finished surface. We also had our first significant rainfall on Wednesday - almost 2 inches! That gave the new cement some additional time to cure and it allowed us to do some painting on the interior walls and trim. We also were able to get all the remaining wall penetrations sealed with Rectorseal's Metacaulk Firestop product.…

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Flatwork Begins - Concrete Walks and Driveway

June 19, 2011 - For the third straight week, temperatures reached 100 plus degrees in the shade with humidity levels at 30% - I don't even want to think how hot it was in the sun which is where most of the work took place. The challenge was to keep hydrated while working to meet some very tight deadlines. Cement is something you don't get a second chance at getting right. That is why we hired Jeremy Crow of Crow Contractors (who did such a nice job on the ceiling of the big room) to take…

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ADA Ramp Work Continues - Black Cellulose Added to the Big Room - Dirt Delivered and Leveled

July 11, 2011 - With afternoon temperatures up around 100 degrees each day (that is 10 degrees above normal for this time of year), and no rain in the forecast, we were still able to make some great progress both inside and outside the building this week. We added an additional 115 feet of steel to the ADA ramp, and by the end of the week had reached the second floor. Since the ramp is on the west side of the building, we tried to get most of the work done in the morning, but once the guys get going…

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