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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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Work on the ADA Ramp - Interior Gets a Primer Coat - Getting Ready For The Flat Work

June 4, 2011 - On Saturday Alfredo Guzman from Goosestone Construction Company came by with his 35hp tractor (with front end loader and box blade) to knock down some of the dirt piles that had been delivered to the site last week. Alfredo arrived right on schedule at 7:00am, and immediately went to work. Within 3 hours he had most of the dirt leveled around the building, and spent the last hour moving dirt from the back of the property for driveway ramp to the building. Jeremy Crow from Crow Construction…

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Wallboard Work Finally Comes to an End! - Texturing, Painting and Finish Work Continue

May 30, 2011 - For the past 4 months we have been hanging wallboard, and this week we hung the final piece. The last major area to be covered was the ceiling in the video production studio. The ceiling is 19 feet high, and a 4' x 8' sheet of 5/8" wallboard weighs right at 100 pounds. Cutting the wallboard to size, lifting it in place, and screwing it to the roof trusses was a job we felt should be left to the pros. We placed an ad in the "Gigs" section of the Houston…

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