5 Second Transformation
Built Like a Tank
Our building, designed by Bennie Gonzales in 1958, is a marvel of concrete engineering. It's built like a tank. The precast tees span 40 feet, so there are zero interior bearing walls.
Leaving the precast concrete deck above and below exposed means you'll junk it up again if you don't think your mechanical and electrical through carefully. In this case, we used 6 x 2 tube steel as a chase and mounting fixture for data, lighting, outlets and the desk in the foreground. The 8-inch tall galvanized spiral ductwork fits nicely into the bays between the 8-foot center deck stems.
As long as you saw cut between the 10-foot on center weld plates that connect the concrete tees to each other, installing a skylight is easier than if it had been frame.
The pots are room temperature vulcanizaing rubber and are just as wobbly as they look.
We built out this 1,400 square foot suite early on and used it as a leasing office to show people where we were headed with the exposed materials. Our partner in the hair salon, Josh Barton, is moving his real estate operation into this space.
The model for the figure hanging upside down is our son Pau. Hugh Hallman's horn is apparently called a bass, not a flugelhorn.
Downstairs, we have 3 restaurants on the Highland side. The Pour House, Naked Fork, and Load A Bowl.
The most famous landmark in our neighborhood, for better or worse, is one of Phoenix's oldest gentlemen's clubs - The HiLiter. When we bought this building, one of our first decisions was how to address the club next door. Turning our back to it could be tricky. We decided to embrace it. Our building is now called The STRIP and our plans include a creative tip of the hat to our neighbors.