Work Begins on Exterior Aluminum Panels - ADA Ramp Walls, and Interior Trim

August 5, 2011 - Our awesome news this week came with the return of the Montgomery County Fire Marshal and his follow-up inspection of the building. His second visit took only ten minutes and we passed with flying colors! We had five items to complete (exit signage, installing six automatic door closers, Knox box keys, weather sealing the studio doors, and installing several outlet cover plates), and all were made to his satisfaction. We now have a Certificate of Completion, and with it, our tenant, Silver Rock Productions, started moving in.

Throughout the construction process, our Engineer (Ron Saikowski) and Project Consultant (David Cox) made sure we were following all commercial code standards. That work really paid off when it came time for inspection. As we toured the building we pointed out to the Fire Marshal how we complied with each item on his list, and that made the process go smoothly.We also communicated with their office when any major changes on the building were introduced, so there were no surprises on either side.

One item we were not aware of was the required signage on the exit doors. Thanks to Gulf Coast Graphics we got some great looking signs for the exit doors, bathrooms, and handicapped parking spaces. We installed the interior signs this week, and next week we will install a metal pole and on it mount the handicapped signs in the front of the building.

We also got our last load of steel from Triple S this week. The shipment included the steel needed for the ADA ramp handrails, the exterior stairs and some interior door hardware. That should be the last major delivery to the site for construction materials. We got the handrails painted, and they will be installed in two weeks. We added metal walls to the ADA ramp using the scrap interior walls cut from the containers back in January. After we add a couple of security doors, the space under the ramp will be great for storage.

Silver Rock Productions is our anchor tenant, and they will occupy 6 of the 11 containers in the epic Creative Co-Op. They opted for some very nice LED interior lights that give the halls a really nice look. I can't wait until they are moved in and I can take pictures of the interior rooms and decorative elements. These lights are not cheap, but have a 50,000 hour life expectancy, and are very energy efficient.

We really put the panel saw to use this week. Over a dozen Aluminum Composite Panels were used for interior trim, door and wall coverings, and we even installed several exterior panels. We worked with ACM (Aluminum Composite Material) from Mitsubishi (ALPOLIC) and Daissa. With daily afternoon temperatures up in the 105 degree range, working with large highly reflective metal panels 30 feet up in the air is difficult at best. The good news is every time a panel goes up, it covers 4 linear feet of the building.

Next week we will continue to add ACM panels to the exterior, finish the ramp walls, and begin touching up the paint throughout the building.

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