March 7, 2014
Cold. Wet. Busy. Crowded.
To elaborate on the cold-weather headgear shown above, work outside has been cold, wet and crowded. At one point Thursday three trades—electricians, bricklayers and site finishers—were working on the same wall. Just walk in the front door and you'll see the final parts of the plans are turning into a blur of work. Among the details to be addressed are the thousands of lights to be installed, and some assembly is required.
Folks on the construction crew know our blogger loves to see sparks flying, and they know it's a Friday tradition for the entire Museum to say thanks for all their hard work. It's an extra special thanks this week because so many of them will be working 10 hours of overtime tomorrow. This was a week where, on a project that has seen people working in some really tight spots, we might have seen the tightest spot of all.
Finally, in the photo below the trim carpenter was asked if it would be correct to say it was triple-crown molding going up along the ceiling. "Close." he said. "It's actually in four parts." Be sure to look up when you come visit after reopening. This is some really skilled, coping-saw-detailed work going on, and it looks great.
March 6, 2014
Adding Up Small Steps Reveals a Big Improvement
Shown above, it's slow going when it comes to the outside work, thanks to the snow and cold. As a general rule, that which is not frozen is muddy. Even with exterior work down to minor things here and there, progress is still visibile. Half the construction fencing came down Wednesday, and with a few dry days, all of it could be gone by early next week.
The fence removal is an example of how continued small improvements help feed a building sense excitement. Shown below is one such case. With walls painted and floors refinished, the bases for the art come in before the art itself. And while there's a little touch-up going on in in this picture, note the blocked doorway at right. That's a security measure that means art will be moving soon. Click the image to enlarge; the story continues below.
These type of scenes add up. Behind the closed store grate merchandise is being organized inside the Museum Shop. In the last new gallery under construction, the new floor installation was down to the side trim. Peek down a hallway and you'll see a painter. Walk around a corner and you'll see a painter. Glance around Huber Court and you'll see a painter.
There are still a couple of rooms jammed with trim carpenters and cluttered storage areas such as Huber Court. There's a swarm of work in what will be our new cafe, as shown here and here. But at the same time you can stand in awe of what soon will be our new—and radically bigger—photography galleries.
Opening day stands at 65 days away, and as shown below, in the art storage areas, things are ready to roll. Not a bad time at all for some excitement to start building.