Tuesday, July 24, 2012

49 days in 49 seconds, 1200 amps of power, a sharp edge and our employee entrance

We lost our camera for about a week during and after Tropical Storm Faye.  Unfortunately, nothing got done that week except clean up, so we, fortunately, didn't miss anything monumental.  This is May 5 to this morning.

Right now the building is under the power of a temporary pole on the building's Northeast corner.  Soon, that pole will be removed and 1200 amps of power will go under Oak Street and feed these boxes.  They say the initial activation is fun - from 100 feet away.

The stone work is about 95% complete around the exterior of the building.  The guys from D Coop love a sharp edge - nothing round in this building

The finishing touches on the employee entrance from Margaret Street.  Just waiting on the final two panels of IPE wood

And couldn't leave without another picture of the monumental staircase.  The view from the top while walking down is amazing...I can imagine.  Until the full hand rail is up, it's strictly off limits.

East Oak parking is going in.

Because the commercial areas of 5 Points are underdeveloped in parts, we were able to add parking in the city's Right of Way on the east side of Oak Street.  Parking that was NOT required and open to all the visitors to the neighborhood. 

Monday, July 9, 2012

One year, a cloud of dust and graffiti

It has now been one year (give or take) from the start of construction and we apprehensively say, it shouldn't be much longer!  From the restaurant perspective, we will begin the interviewing process this and next week while our equipment, smallwares, etc. comes in by the truck load - literally.  Not only are we on a first name basis with the UPS and FedEx reps, motor common carriers know where to store the larger pieces of equipment.

The office spaces are coming along as well.  While they will be left as raw as possible (read "blank canvas"), the marketing has begun - http://www.costar.com/costarconnect/MasterPage/Main.aspx?SiteId=21589&CheckSum=89141&type=off.  You know you want your office in the coolest building in town.

The roofers are getting ready to install the final paver system

The rannai water heater systems installed in the roof mechanical room

Elevator being built

Installation of Allucabond panels

Finishing up the stone work on Margaret Street

Glass on the bottom floor

Our new front door...not really, but something to keep the building secure as the fence comes down soon

Walling in the fire riser system

Our first graffiti!  After TECO installed our gas meter, some nit wit spray painted the meter grey to make it look shiny and new - without putting up a barrier between it and the very expensive and hard to clean Ariscraft stone.