This is our official before photo. Our wonderful photographer Jason Roehner uses this one to match up with periodic progress shots.
Alison King at Modern Phoenix groans remembering when these fake, arched "windows" and the tile mansard roof were added a few years ago. So glad to see it go. You can see the cinder block in the spots where the stucco is missing. Our immediate goal was deep cleaning and creating shade.
We were sandblasting continuously for over three weeks. We've used subs in the past with mixed results. We decided to go back to doing it ourselves and it was a good call. We saved a ton of money and now own all of our equipment (again). To learn more about sandblasting, go to sand at billtonnesen.com. Notice the precast concrete single tee decks. This building has integrity. Well, the shell anyway. We gutted all of the electrical and mechanical.
Taking off the tile from the mansard "eyebrow" renovation.
It took three weeks to clear out all the old interior tenant improvements.
This footing in front of the old smoke shop is for a low wall that defines a raised outdoor dining patio and supports a new steel shade structure above.
This cinder block wall has not been sandblasted yet.
The Blue Palo Verdes and dates were craned into position. The holes for the palms were seven feet deep. We plant them in pure concrete sand.
The white pipes sticking out of the ground are for monitoring water. The palms need lots of water when first planted - about a gallon per degree per day, meaning that if it gets to 80 degrees they should each receive 80 gallons per day through their first summer.
The issue of the palm trees was a struggle. We paid W.D. Young $2,800 each for these diamond-cut, matching dates, but there's precendence across the street of very large Washingtonian Filiferia (California Fan Palms) that we could have gotten for half the price. They are the super-fat ones. At the end of the day, Gabe encouraged me to go with the dates, which is what I had always wanted to do, and I'm glad we did. The temporary lumber hints at the cantilevered steel structure for patios and covered parking to come.
This shot shows our relationship to the neighbors to the north, the Hi Liter. They largely keep to themselves, but it makes sense when you see girls with stilleto heels and cleavage walking by from time to time.
Our new sign with the florescent light housing Alexi rigged up.
The 3/8" bolt plates had to be curved to fit the precast tees.
Standard anchor bolt zinc-dipped on the left, sandblasted in the middle, and dipped in a ferric nitrate solution on the right.
This shows how we rigged up the fixture to maintain level while thru coring the concrete tees.
The steel ring is the cutting end of the corning bit.
We cut out asphalt at the corner to create a new planter.
Formwork for new vertical curbs.
The finished planter with our "in the visibility triangle" sign.
The guys from Gretchen Wilde's Airpark Signs & Graphics relamping the old box sign.
We put a transparent phone with red LEDs on one side referencing the call center and our provocative neighbor.
After the call center moved out, we found training scripts to coach callers how they might respond when people reacted with, "Leave me alone and don't call back."
The images in the back of the room are doors with famous paintings by Bonheur, Meissonier, Gauguin, Manet, Gericault, Hirst, and Koons.
Upstairs on the 12th Street side.
This picture was taken before we added the trampoline fabric between the cantilevered pipes. The trellis above the masonry wall is 5/16" diameter steel strands woven at 1.5" on center. This material is used for sorting ore at the mines.
Temporary tables and chairs downstairs on 12th Street.
On April 10, 2015 we were the kickoff event for Alison King's Modern Phoenix Week with the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. We had been at it for four months and a week after breaking ground on December 4th 2014. Over 600 people RSVP'd.