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 dried out over the months, it has changed shape. This has made it even more difficult to get the panels aligned. Adam and Alan are doing an excellent job on a wall that will help make this building even more special than a simple steel building. One example is our treatment of the large studio doors.
These doors measure 8 feet high by 16 feet long. We did not want a person standing in front of the building to be able to see the seam where the doors come together. To make the door invisible, we extended some of the panels beyond the door frame, so they extend into space on the adjacent door. You can see this in the two pictures to the right. When the doors are closed, you cannot see a seam. This will be further camouflaged when we put a black strip of 3/4 inch weather-stripping in the channels between the panels.
This week we also began the design and fabrication work on a large picnic table that will be positioned between the epic studio and the Creative Co-Op. The table will have four large benches around it, and sit next to an outdoor kitchen complete with electricity, running water, a smoker/grill and music from speakers in the trees. The idea is to create a place where people will want to gather and socialize and to trade ideas. This cross-pollination is one of the things that will make the epic complex a great place to work.
Towards the end of the week, Justin added a couple of coats of white paint to the cyclorama, just in time for a Silver Rock studio shoot on Saturday morning. We also got the use of a Skid Loader from Darrell Beene, the owner of Zenith Fireworks. Chad has years of experience using this piece of heavy equipment. On Friday he took off a couple of inches of dirt from the east side of the building and moved it to the picnic table area. We also spent all day Saturday cleaning up the large piles of construction scrap that have built up on the west side of the building. Much of these materials will be recycled into other small projects we have planned.
Next week we will continue working on the ACM trim work, and should have the picnic table set and in place.