Things moved slowly over the past few weeks, a few small items were completed but things should start to change more rapidly starting today.
Some progress was made this week, but we are essentially in a holding pattern as we wait for the crew from Brett Acoustics to arrive.
I skipped an update last week as the progress didn’t make for terribly interesting photos.
Painting is pretty well finished now, as is the electrical, at least what can be done before Brett Acoustics arrives and can lights need to be installed in the clouds. HVAC is ready for the compressors to be placed out back. Tomorrow the concrete floors in the lobby, hallway and instrument room will be polished. We expected the asphalt out back to be completed last week but a miscommunication between the excavator and the asphalt company has set them back a week. We were also hoping that Brett Acoustics would be out this week but it sounds like it will be next week before we see them.
So here is what has been done over the past two weeks.
Things are still moving forward, we anticipate Tony Brett and his crew will be back in a few weeks, followed by Thom Canova, so our contractor is working on making sure everything is prepared for them.
It might be a mistake to update this tonight, to be honest the past few days, especially this weekend, have been tough with new problems popping up as well as a pretty big speed bump coming from the bank. Nothing to do but keep moving forward, but the magnitude of the business change we are heading into, as well as just how long it’s taking is wearing. I wish I was independently wealthy and the build was something we could fund ourselves and not have to worry over quite so much, but the truth is we got a loan, a big loan, and we still are having to come up with a bunch of money to finish this outside of the loan. When the asphalt out back is going to cost $3000 more than expected, or we need to buy another $800 patchbay, coming up with that money is getting really difficult.
Ok, enough complaining, things are moving forward and surely someday this will be finished, right?
Wish me luck, I feel Im going to need it for the last few months of this project.
The past few weeks have been mostly filled with painting, which seems a bit boring to post about, but things are progressing and we should be ready mid-June for Brett Acoustics to arrive for the installation of the finish acoustic materials, followed by Thom Canova to wire up the place and get things turned on.
One week has made a big difference around here. It’s really exciting to see the changes that happened this week and things really seem to be headed downhill toward the finish line now.
Tony Brett from Brett Acoustics arrived on Monday for his second trip to see how things are progressing and direct the construction of the studio soffits. We were happy to hear that the work so far met with Tony’s approval and we were good to move forward.
Tony will be back once more before things are finally finished, next time with a crew and all of our acoustic treatments and furniture.
I skipped a week of updating because honestly, how many photos of drywall do you want to see? Well drywall time is pretty much over and we are on to more interesting things.
I’m really getting sick of drywall dust. We did our best to put up plastic and keep the house safe from dust, but there is no escaping it, it is everywhere. Luckily we are getting really close to the end of this stage.
We are about a week from having most of the drywall done, with the exception of the soffits that will need to be built around the HVAC duct.
Are things getting closer to being done? I think the end is in sight but the extra costs are mounting and I can feel that it’s going to take some real fortitude to get through these last few months. Not sure how to better explain, but at this point we just keep moving forward and hope for the best.
Things are continuing along, mostly landscaping and sheetrock again this week although they made some strides with HVAC as well.
To make myself feel better about our progress I’m including some photos of the same area from last September.
Sheet rock and landscaping this week. They are nearly done with the third layer of sheetrock everywhere now so I suspect they will start working on the ceilings soon.
Spring is approaching and we have more rain and less snow around here. We are starting to get studio bookings that could be after the new spaces are open, but it’s still pretty hard to know exactly when that will be.
Preliminary wiring (electrical, audio, network/security) is finished and we are now heading into weeks (months?) of sheetrock work. In most cases walls have 3 layers of taped and mudded 5/8” sheetrock per side, although some walls only get two layers. Regardless it will take a while to complete.
We remain busy in the “house” studio although with the temporary wall out back removed the construction noise is encroaching.
I’ve begun to lose sleep due to worry about how we are going to afford to keep the doors open, but at this point, what can you do but move forward?
Things are creeping along, there is still so much to do, and so much that can be done but we still have days where only one sub or even none show up. Our contractor is frustrated and working hard to get them out but there is so much building going on that it makes it hard to keep subs on site.
Last week was filled with more rough electrical, hvac, insulation and network/security wiring. We passed our ‘power to panel’ inspection so we are just a few days away from having power out in the new space and being able to swap the house power over to the new distribution panel.
I spent a fair amount of time this week thinking about and discussing colors and finishes with Wes. I tend to be pretty particular with color and I’m really worried about getting it wrong, especially considering that what you see in the control rooms will be almost entirely wood or fabric, and fabric panels are a lot harder to change than paint. Wes has so much experience designing studios and refining things to make these very odd shaped spaces feel natural and normal and it’s easy to just want to throw colors all over without thinking through just how that will feel when you are in the studio day after day. I think at this point we are pretty close to having things pinned down and with no time to spare, Tony Brett is diving into building our acoustic panels.
Tomorrow Thom Canova will arrive to spend a week doing the rough/pre-wiring for the lines that go in the walls. After that insulation in the walls can begin and then straight into sheetrock.
Two highlights from this last week -
1) while showing a good friend, composer & longtime collaborator the studio build, he said “scott, you’re the only person i know who is bullish on the music industry.”
2) mid-mixing session for a great artist we took a quick tour of the space and she said something to the effect of “i’m excited that we will get to have something like this in Provo, Utah”
Honestly, i don’t know how I feel about the music industry as a whole, but I know that there is a lot of great music being made here in Utah and we are lucky to get to be a part of it. We have remained busy for a long time now and while this really is a crazy business move, I’m really happy to be able to do what I can to provide this great music scene with such a place. We are lucky to have Wes Lachot, Tony Brett and Thom Canova on board and frankly doing us such a favor by working long and hard on a project with some pretty big budget/time constraints. They are working closely with our great contractors at Zadok Construction (Nick and Jared) to build a pretty amazing studio space.
…and you should really check out some of the great music coming out of Utah:
These are just the artists we’ve worked with in the past month.
There has been a lot going on over the past couple weeks, but most of it doesn’t make for great photos so Ive been a bit quiet. Problem is, if I don’t keep updating this Ill get too lazy and drop it forever (plus my dad keeps asking me for an update), so here is some of what has been going on:
I’ve been giving a lot of tours of the construction site lately. Without fail everyone asks when we expect to be finished and ready to move in. The truth is I have no idea. At one point I was hoping it would be March, now I’m hoping it’s May, but really, no idea. Honestly, for now as long as people continue to show up and work every day I’m happy.
Busy week and weekend in the studio, but things continued out back in the new space. Most of the progression this week was in electrical, but there was a lot of leftover framing done, as well as many meetings regarding hvac and sheetrock.