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Oil Industry Converges on Houston at Annual Offshore Technology Conference

April 28, 2011 - Houston is the place to be, at least if you're in the oil and gas industry. The Offshore Technology Conference sets its' sites on Houston the week of May 2nd. Founded in 1969, the Offshore Technology Conference is the world’s foremost event for the development of offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production, and environmental protection. The OTC attracts over 60,000 visitors and 2,000 exhibitors each year. One of…

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Hanging Wallboard - Tape & Float and Working With Aluminum Composite Material

April 23, 2011 - For a project like the epic Creative Co-Op, you try to plan for as much as possible in advance, but when something unplanned that is good comes along you would be foolish not to include it to the project. That kind of serendipity happened to us a couple of months ago when we met Chris Larimore, president of Grupo Daissa. Although the company is headquartered in Mexico, and does much of its' business in South America, Chris lives a short distance from our studio. Chris had been…

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Decking and Firestopping Installed, Plumbing, Electrical and Welding Continue

April 17, 2011 - With the exterior painting behind us, we turned our attention to getting everything ready for the insulation crew from ComforTemp.  Many of the questions we've had over the past several months had to do with our plans for insulating the epic Creative Co-Op, so we have created a separate blog entry just for that purpose.  Running wires and pipes are relatively easy to install when there is no insulation in the walls. Once insulation is added to the wall cavities,…

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Creative Co-Op Insulated Using Spray Foam and Cellulose from ComforTemp

April 15, 2011 - This week the folks from ComforTemp came to the job site and insulated 9 of the 11 containers. Over the past year we interviewed almost a dozen companies trying to determine what kind of insulation system we would use, and who we would choose to install it.  Last week we selected ComforTemp after several meetings with Paul Adamoli the General Manager. We were most impressed with the questions he asked and his ideas on how to provide the best building envelope at the lowest cost.…

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WeatherBloc Insulating Paint by Mascoat Applied to the Exterior Walls

March 31, 2011 - One of the most challenging aspects of building with large metal boxes is how do you keep the inhabitants cool in the summer and warm in the winter?  We spent quite a bit of time looking at insulation systems for the inside and the outside of the building. For the exterior of the building, we found people saying good (and not so good) things about insulative paint coatings. We met with several vendors and had a difficult time believing some of their claims.  I wanted an…

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Trenching the Water, Sewer and Electrical Lines

March 27, 2011 - We tackled a couple of major jobs this past week including the trenching work on the water, sewer and electrical lines to the building. We started trenching by hand, but David Cox (our Construction Manager) had me add up the cost for the 4 guys digging the trench and it quickly became obvious we had to find a less expensive (and easier) way to do this. The world is just too big to move dirt one shovel full at a time.  Since we had over 250 feet to trench, it was time to bring…

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R-Panel Roof Installation Begins

March 20, 2011 - Work began last week on the installation of the R-Panels for the roof. The industry trade name is "Galvalume" and they should provide us with years of service.  We purchased the materials along with all of the fasteners, flashing and trim from Triple S Steel. We had the panels cut to 27 and 28 feet in length so we would only have one overlap per panel.  The overlap on the panels were 12 inches, and under each panel is a strip of butyl rubber mastic tape placed…

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Siding and Deck Safety Rails Completed - Exterior Painting Work Begins

March 14, 2011 -This week we got the siding on the roof done, got the safety rails welded in place, and began the exterior painting.  It is wonderful to begin to do some of the "finish" work on the project.  Danny Spann (our Framer) came back to tackle the siding this week, and the R-panel roof (which is now on order) will be done next week.  He and his crew started by building some temporary scaffolding which they walk around like they were on the ground. We chose Hardi…

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